[Review of Geyserland - a guide to the volcanoes and geothermal areas of Rotorua by Bruce Houghton & Bradley Scott]
Lowe, D. J. (2003). [Review of Geyserland - a guide to the volcanoes and geothermal areas of Rotorua by Bruce Houghton & Bradley Scott]. Geological Society of New Zealand Newsletter, 130, 35–38.
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The publication in November 2002 of the second edition of the Society's 'Geyserland' guidebook is most welcome. The first edition was by far the best seller of the GSNZ guidebook series (although the special Japanese edition never really took off, figuratively or literally) and this updated version is sure also to be popular. The new guide is very attractive thanks to the wide use of colour photographs and figures, an informative yet readable (and occasionally witty) text, and a pleasing layout and design. The authors Bruce Houghton and Brad Scott are to be congratulated for their hard work and insight. So, too, is Simon Nathan who contributed many of the new, mostly top-quality photographs that make the book especially attractive (there are more than 30 colour photographs in the book, some spectacular). Simon also helped maintain the momentum that ensured the book was published after various delays. The editor and designer, Eileen McSaveney, is also commended for her work. As well as the interesting content and attractive design, the book appeals because it is printed on good quality paper (the ‘silky' covers even feel good) and it is perfect in size (BS) for use in the car and for packing in the suitcases of overseas visitors. Finally, it is very reasonably priced ($NZl7.95 incl. GST and postage and packing in New Zealand). For all these reasons, it therefore deserves to sell well.