July 11th, 2011
1110 Colorado History Online
Metropolitan State College of Denver
In this portion of the assignment, five book reviews will used to discuss and evaluate how well the reviews have been written. By using the reviews written by the reviewer, we can see whether the reviewer gave a reasonable indication of the book’s contents, comments and interests in reading the book.
In this first book by Kathy T. Hettinga, Grave Images: San Luis Valley, reviewed by Dana EchoHawk is a book about Hettinga’s exploration through the San Luis Valley where she discovered her revealed stories on the topic of mortality. In the review, the reviewer gave reasonable contents of the book. The reviewer shares with the reader the author’s personal story in the first part of the book on losing her husband and by grieving helped her realize the importance of life and death. Then, the reviewer starts to share how Hettinga begins to document her journey through the San Luis Valley with her camera. By capturing images of landscape, fields at the base of Mount Blanca, and sunlit feathery seeds on vines, these images help create her vision and how she wants the reader to see through her eyes. She also comments about the photographs of cemeteries and graves in the San Luis Valley on how each image has a story behind it. Each comment was relevant towards the book to support the author and it’s content. With the help of the review, I would definitely be interested in reading the book.
The second book by Inez Hunt and Wanetta W. Draper, Lightning in His Hand: The Life Story of Nikola Tesla, reviewed by Steve Ruskin is a biography of Nikola Tesla and reprinted by Inez Hunt and Wanetta W. Draper which was first published in 1964. In this second book, the reviewer first introduced the book as a biography of Tesla’s life. He gave short information on where the person was born and the events that lead to his...