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Thrill Rides

by Mark Shulman
Genre: Non-Fiction

Original post — Sunday, April 27, 2008

Does climbing into a cart with no sides and no brakes make you giddy? Does your heart begin to race when you hear the clack-clack-clacking of a chain pulling you higher and higher to the crest of a hill 100 feet or more high? This oversized book is full of glossy pics and descriptions to get your blood pumping if you are a roller coaster fan.

I LOVE roller coasters. Unfortunately, I don't get enough time to ride them. This book details the "Top 10 Roller Coasters in America" with descriptions, stats, and really cool pics. It includes a little about the history of coasters, how they are designed, and a little interesting trivia about coasters. My favorite coaster, "X" at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA, is number 3 in this book. There is also a pull-out poster and a "complete" list of amusement parks in the United States. This is not great writing and it's really short. I wish there were a little more information on each coaster, but if you are as big a fan of coasters as I am, you will enjoy this book.

By the way, in reading this book I "discovered" Cedar Point, the amusement park with the most coasters in the world! I will have to visit this Ohio park some summer. Until then, I can enjoy their coasters by visiting the Cedar Point Coasters web page. They have ride details, photo galleries, and, best of all, some "point of view" videos from the front car of some of the most intense coasters!

(Last modified:04/30/2008)


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