Recently, author and photographer Thomas Crymes, and his publisher, Schiffer Publishing were kind enough to send us a copy of his newest book American Coasters 2: Coast to Coast.
The book is continuation of the first edition but with new amusement parks and coasters not highlighted in the first. With each park in this edition broken down coaster by coaster and even some overall shots of the parks, this book is as close as you can get to a visual encyclopedia of the parks it highlights.
We really liked that with each park, Thomas give his insights and what he likes about a ride and sometimes why he doesn’t. Like any good enthusiast, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience that shines brightly when you stop admiring the amazing photos on every page and read the descriptions.
In the central section of the book is something any wooden coaster enthusiast would love to read, an interview with Adam House: Senior Engineer at Great Coasters International. This interview is a great in depth insight for anyone, not just enthusiasts who love hearing how an American company has grown and evolved over the years.
It was also great seeing some parks that we have not yet had the privilege of visiting and only made us more excited to visit sooner! With just the pictures alone, we can almost feel the atmosphere and massive structures jumping off the pages.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone, not just coaster or theme park enthusiasts. Thomas Crymes turns fun, thrilling roller coasters, into works of art that show the greatness of the engineers that built them. Combining atmosphere and nature with roller coasters is another specialty that shines throughout this book.
Be sure to pick it up at your local book store or on Amazon.
We again want to thank Thomas Crymes and his publisher for sending us a complimentary copy of this book for review.
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