I’m not alone.
Other sites run Disney book reviews, too. They don’t specialize in them, like we do here, but every so often, they toss one up.
In this edition of the Sunday Symphony, we’ll once again see what’s been tossed up, and whether it’s in tune.
The Disneyland Encyclopedia
George Taylor, writing for MiceChat, reviews the “updated second edition” of Chris Strodder’s The Disneyland Encyclopedia, a print book that purports to be the “Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Major Event in the Original Magic Kingdom”. Okay, then!
George’s review consists mostly of scanned snippets from the book: the first snippet features Rolly Crump’s entry, followed by a snippet about Restrooms — kinda catty there, George. But the scans are effective in conveying the depth and value of Strodder’s book. George admits that his review “might seem a little too glowing” in light of challenges thrown up by other reviewers over what Strodder includes — and what he doesn’t include — in the book, but those are fanboy squabbles. Average readers (myself included) won’t notice or care. I’m with George on this one.
Availability: Paperback ($16.95)
Author: Chris Strodder; Publisher: Santa Monica Press
Book Site: Encycoolpedia
Sunrise Over Disney
Sam Gennawey of SamLand reviews Bert’s Sunrise Over Disney, a print book with elements of fiction, history, theology, and philosophy. (Bert? Yes, Bert. That’s what the author — whose real name is L.N. Smith — put on the cover.) As Gennawey describes it, the book features a trip to Disney World by a family from the Midwest who decide that the best way to prepare for said trip is to subject themselves to a self-designed crash course in Disney history, culture, and trivia. An interesting premise, and one which Sam thinks “Bert” has pulled off quite well.
Availability: Paperback ($16.95), Hardcover ($27.95)
Author: L.N. Smith; Publisher: L.N. Smith Publishing
The Vault of Walt
Blake Taylor of Blake Online reviews Jim Korkis’s classic The Vault of Walt, a book published way back in 2010 but still garnering accolades today. Taylor’s review is detailed and balanced. He lauds the book for its “efficient organization”, but then castigates its content as “jumpy”, with an “at times dry tone”. (Aren’t “efficient organization” and “jumpy” mutually exclusive descriptors?) Although I disagree with most of Taylor’s criticisms of the book, I do appreciate his candor and wish more Disney book reviewers would dish the sour with the sweet.
Availability: Paperback ($19.95), Kindle ($9.99)
Author: Jim Korkis; Publisher: AyeFour Publishing
A Christian Guide to Walt Disney World Resort
Kristin Scroggin of Tips from the Disney Diva reviews Jeff Chaves’s A Christian Guide to Walt Disney World, a Kindle book that’ll set you back a rather un–Christian price of $9.99 (don’t get me started on why it’s wrong to price ebooks as if they were print books). Kristin’s review is short. At first, I thought it unhelpful, but then I realized that if you’re a serious, practicing Christian, there’s really not much to say about this book. You’ll buy it because you’re a serious, practicing Christian; or you won’t.
I’m not a serious, practicing Christian. But Kristin’s description of the book as “a series of short daily devotions that ‘move along with you’ throughout the park” piques my interest. And the book’s slogan is clever: “Don’t Forget to Pack Your Faith”. So I bought Chaves’s book and will review it soon from the perspective of a Christian “by baptism only”.
Availability: Kindle ($9.99)
Author: Jeff Chaves; Publisher: New Growth Press
Shut ‘er down, Mickey, before them lightnin’ bolts get any closer…