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  • Book review: How to Avoid Huge Ships

    For your reading pleasure.

    Reads like a whodunnit!
    By Citizenfitz on December 21, 2010
    Format: Paperback
    I bought How to Avoid Huge Ships as a companion to Captain Trimmer's other excellent titles: How to Avoid a Train, and How to Avoid the Empire State Building. These books are fast paced, well written and the hard won knowledge found in them is as inspirational as it is informational. After reading them I haven't been hit by anything bigger than a diesel bus. Thanks captain!
    TOO Informative.
    By Dan on December 25, 2010
    Format: Paperback
    Read this book before going on vacation and I couldn't find my cruise liner in the port. Vacation ruined.
    Huge Improvement over first edition, December 26, 2013
    By Anon - See all my reviews
    This review is from: How to Avoid Huge Ships (Paperback)
    When "How to Avoid Huge Ships" (1st ed.) was released, I was so excited that I waited in line outside what was then known as a "book store" (for all you kids out there, a "book store" is a physical structure that was like the "books" section of Amazon, but actually had books in it, and wasn't designed for evil). All I can say of that first edition is that it was a tremendous disappointment. I bought it, walked out of said book store, and was immediately struck by the QE2.

    When I awoke some three decades later (just yesterday, actually. Merry Christmas! What's an "x-box"?) I immediately went back to the book store to return it, but found only the scars of the QE2 and something called a "Target"--given the location's history of being struck by huge ships, this seems in poor humour to me.

    In any event, I found my way to this "web site" and ordered the second edition, in hopes of avoiding another 30-year coma. After buying a refrigerator, some undergarments, and candies (this new "book store" is not what I remember them to be...) I ordered this book. All of my products having been delivered immediately by what I have since come to know as a "drone" (a kindly nurse told me this after it opened fire on us with my purchases), I set about reading this work. I'm happy to report that the additional chapter, "How to Avoid the QEII when Shopping at a Book Store," while brief (it consists entirely of "Step 1: destroy all book stores through predatory online practices"), has certainly proven effective.

    I'm looking forward to the next sequel, "How To Avoid Online Retailers' Drones and their Unquenchable Thirst for Human Blood!"

    4 stars because the refrigerator I ordered at the same time doesn't work.
    It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
    In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
    Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
    Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now

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    5,813 of 5,936 people found the following review helpful
    A Parent's Review
    By Noel D. Hill on February 20, 2011
    Format: Paperback

    As the father of two teenagers, I found this book invaluable. I'm sure other parents here can empathize when I say I shudder at the thought of the increasing presence of huge ships in the lives my children. I certainly remember the strain I caused so long ago for my own parents when I began experimenting with huge ships. The long inter-continental voyages that kept my mom and dad up all night with worry. Don't even get me started on the international protocols when transporting perishable cargo. To think, I was even younger than my kids are now! huge ships are everywhere and it doesn't help that the tv and movies make huge ships seem glamorous and cool. This book helped me really approach the subject of huge ships with my kids in an honest and non judgmental way. Because of the insights this book provided, I can sleep a little better and cope with the reality that I can't always be there to protect my kids from huge ships, especially as they become adults. I'm confident that my teens, when confronted by a huge ship, are much better prepared to make wiser decisions than I did. At the very least my children certainly know that they can always come to me if they have any concerns, questions or just need my support when it comes to the topic of huge ships.
    This was the review that sold me and I don't even have kids.
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."