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Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite
Oh, Ship! Tales of a Cruising Chick and Other Travel Adventures by Lori A. Moore is a compilation of short stories about various things the author has seen and experienced in her life as a world traveler. Near the end of the book is a list of countries she has visited, including all fifty states, and it is clear that she is well traveled. Near the beginning she states that this isn't a travel guide book, but rather a collection of personal experiences she wants to share; however, it is sprinkled with travel suggestions and interesting tidbits about things like camels, penguins, the Eiffel Tower, and several other things.
Many of the stories are very short, under two pages, and very easy to read quickly. There are a lot of pictures spread throughout as well, illustrating the situations and presenting a human face to the stories. This was very helpful, particularly because the writing style is so conversational. It felt like the author was talking directly to the reader, telling stories about her trip the same way she might tell a family story to a group of friends around the dinner table.
Unfortunately, this means that a lot of stories don't necessarily get the attention they deserve. There is a story about a woman who 'only maced the person once' where the actual story itself takes place over just a few sentences. It lacks the build up and delivery of a good joke, and occasionally the story is only a punchline, followed by trip advice or a lesson learned, or even sometimes a jump to a completely different story entirely. That being said, the stories never fail to entertain, and Lori A. Moore has a very entertaining group of stories on her hands with Oh, Ship! Tales of a Cruising Chick and Other Travel Adventures.