Rollercoaster Books

Saturday, June 15, 2002 12:09 PM

I am in the process of building my coffee table rollercoaster book collection. I just bought Robert Coker's new book, and, all I can say is it is a hell of a buy for fifteen bucks. Great pictures, info on all the coaster manufacturers (including Togo of Japan!), and a highly readable text are only a few of the highlights. Coker is the only person I know who can give a completely unbiased opinion, place it on paper, and offend no one.

I also have Schafer and Rutherford's paperback book entitled "Rollercoasters," which is slightly older (1998). It has some amazing photographs (including a head-on view of the big hill on the Hercules coaster at Dorney Park, and a super picture taken from now-defunt Idora Park's Herbert Schmeck Wildcat lift hill (1927), which highlights the coaster's fan curve). Although certainly not as comprehensive as Coker's book, the Schafer book is unique in that is breaks down rollercoasters by region instead of by construction design (i.e., steel v/s wood).

My question is, are there any others you highly recommend or have enjoyed? I am planning on buying "Roller Coasters, Flumes, and Flying Saucers" by Robert N. Reynolds, but beyond that, I would appreciate any recommendations.

GJB

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 12:20 PM
I have both of those books but am having trouble finding others.

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SiX FlAgS FiEsTa TeXaS was great!

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 1:01 PM
i went to buy Cokers book today, they didnt have it, nor had they ever heard of it. they ordered it for me though. i asked if thay had any other rollercoaster books and they said no. where do you buy your books from, i wanna get some.
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Saturday, June 15, 2002 1:04 PM

Search Amazon.com.. type in "roller coasters" and lots of books, videos, and games should pop up..

ENJOY!

Chris

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WCUSA-The World's largest theme park is coming!
Theme parks will NEVER be the same!

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 1:06 PM
Not knowing what Coker's 'new' book means, I have two books that are good. The first one is 'The American Roller Coaster' it's definately a top quality book and in hardcover. I can't remember the name of the other one I have, but it is hardcover with a picture of Mantis on the cover. Both books go through the history of roller coasters, how they work and modern rides. The one with Mantis on the cover has some sections on the bigger parks and in the end has a not so complete lists of parks and coasters around the world. I would recommend either of these. Since I don't have internet at home anymore, I'll try to remember to write down the information for you (actual titles, writers, publishers, date, etc...)
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Saturday, June 15, 2002 1:17 PM

Chris Godsey said:

Search Amazon.com.. type in "roller coasters" and lots of books, videos, and games should pop up..

ENJOY!

Chris

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WCUSA-The World's largest theme park is coming!
Theme parks will NEVER be the same!



i cant buy stuff online, my parents dont like me using their cridit card number even if i give them the money up front. they think amazon and barnesandnobel.com are unreliable with security, so anyone know of any good bookstores thats sell them

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 2:24 PM
Fine Dragon, then just search online for the books and for everyone that you are interested in, jot down the ISBN number. Any mall bookstore (Walden, B. Dalton...) should be able to order the book for you and you can pay them with cash.

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 2:50 PM
ah, thank you jeremy.
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Saturday, June 15, 2002 3:38 PM

Or you can just go down to Barnes and Noble they'll probably have it

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Can we change the name of Top Gun to your mom so no one wants to ride your mom?

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 3:51 PM

Or you could tell them "Well, you know, over the internet, not a single person sees the number, and it's encrypted. When you use you're number at the store, you're giving it to some filthy 16 year old who has plenty of time to write down the number."

footnote: Sorry to those that I've offended by saying filthy 16 year old, I'm 16 myself, and I know you people don't always give filthy 16 year olds your credit card. I just used it to make the argument more effective :) Hope there are no hard feelings, all of you 16 year olds.

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Deja Vu in the front seat makes V2 feel like a kiddie ride!

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 6:50 PM
Steven J. Urbanowicz book is excellent. I heard he has a new one out. Anyone have the new one?

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06/11/02
Photos from Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure were added plus some other small updates:
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme2/rollercoaster2/index.html

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 7:03 PM

My friend just got me The Amusement Park Guide: Fourth Addition by Tim O'brien for my b-day. I've never read any other roller coaster book but this has to be the most useful thing i've ever used. It's updated too. A year from now it might not be but as of now it's awesome.

Dragon82487,

My friend said that he got the book at WaldenBooks in our mall. I don't know if you have one close to you but I bet Borders has some of these books too.

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5) Magnum 4) Raptor 3) Apollos Chariot 2) S:ros Sfdl
1) Millennium Force

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 7:22 PM

Just thought I should point out... There are many many many books out there that may not come up on Amazon. I recommend Gunther Hall(run by an enthusiast). She is as friendly as can be and what I find nice is that she usually has hard to find books in stock. Here is her site: http://www.guntherhall.com/

- Andrew Hyde
http://www.experiencethepoint.com

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 8:46 PM

The American Roller Coaster: Scott Rutherford, great book, must buy.

Roller Coasters (twists, loops, other stuff like that in the title, I just forgot): David Bennett, great pics, but I don't think the book is that good myself. The coaster glossary in the back is seriously messed up, so many parks not included.

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 10:23 PM
Raging Rider just posted up the two books that I was going to mention.

American Roller Coaster by Rutherford (hardbound, cost me $25 at Borders) is probably the best book on coasters that I've seen thus far. From the info, history, photos, and more it's one that should be in everyones library.

David Bennett's book is also very well done, again with some great photos throughout. It does have a few caption errors and other typos that it would be nice if they fixed, but they aren't that many and really take very little away from the book as a whole.

Nice as Bob's book is, I would take both of these before his anyday.

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Sometimes it's up. Sometimes it's down.
But with God, life is one thrill ride that you'll never regret being on.

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Friday, June 21, 2002 9:07 PM
David Bennett's roller coaster book is also one of the best.

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http://www.gayrollerride.com
If you build it, they will come!

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Saturday, June 22, 2002 4:30 AM

The one that you all are talking about is called

ROLLER COASTER

Wooden and Steel Coasters, Twisters, and Corkscrews

It is by David Bennet and it has a picture of Mantis on the cover.

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Magnum is red,
Millenium Force is blue,
I love Wicked Twister,
and Raptor too.

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