Site Home > Publishing & Books> Reviews> Cheap Hotels (Taschen)
Site Map Blog About Us
Echopraxia Home
Film, Video & DVD Film & Video | People, Politics & Current Events Politics & Culture | Music & Audio Music & Audio | Books, Magazines, & Publishing Publishing & Books
Cinema Main Page Publishing & Books
Latest Articles
Film & Video
Hard To Deicide
The Frankenstein & Cain Motifs in Dystopian Cinema: better eat your young before they eat you.
The end of the world can be much more fun than you might think. The last of Ian's ramblings about dystopia in media.
Politics & Culture
Democratic Leadership: A New Oxymoron?
Part Two of "Can the Left Get it Right?
Fight for your Right to Copyfight
RunDMCA, Run: Part 1 in a series on the "copyfight" movements
Alright, Where'd You Hide That Freedom of Information, Anyway?
Ian interviews Joseph Haney, creator of
War Still Sucks
You Don't Have To Be A Liberal To Hate It
Music & Audio
MP3 Dot Bomb
Sifting Through the Wreckage of an Internet Innovator
Creedence Clearwater Revival
You can take the Ian out of the trailer park, but you can't take the...
Rust Never Sleeps
But It Didn't Seem Especially Alert In Seattle
Publishing &Books
Kula by Vlastimil Kula
Published by Taschen Books
Shooting Sex
by Bob Carlos Clarke - Terry mentally undresses strangers on his coffee table

Cheap Hotels
Daisann McLane - 2002
Terry Marvels at Accommodations Much Finer Than He Can Afford

Taschen's Cheap Hotels by Daisann McLane is another gorgeous collectible from Taschen books, but this one carries some emotional and personal connection that touched me as I flipped through it. Travelers, and fans of exploration will find themselves returning to these lush photos repeatedly.
What could be just another "guide to inexpensive hotels across the world" by any other publisher, is a personal and intimate travel diary that reflects the isolation and moods of it's author in foreign lands. The photos, (taken in the rooms before the sheets were turned down) are as engaging and hypnotic as the text.
The book begins with a price list that details how much, or more often how little, the author paid for the rooms. The cheapest room was $4.00 in Madras and the most expensive in California. The author's nomadic appreciation for the simple things and the little details that touched her will also touch the reader. With each page I read and each image absorbed, I wanted so badly to seek out these exotic locations as well. I think this book will be a huge hit with regular travelers and those looking to go on vacation, and is a must for those who want to travel, but sadly may never to see these wonderful places.
This is a wonderful bedside book for those who only can get through a few pages and before nodding off, and for people who want to consume small excerpts, rather than plodding through a whole novel. Coffee tables will also welcome this book happily and guests will enjoy flipping through its pages of culture diversity. I will be giving Cheap Hotels to my family and friends for Christmas. There is just something about following the author's adventures and stories that I found overwhelmingly appealing. It is a beautiful book from a soulful individual who provides insight on a life en route and lived in unfamiliar places every night. Particularly great are the stories of her interactions with the people she encountered, and the creatures behind the toilet. I loved this book, as it inspired me to learn more about the places Ms. McLane traveled to and stayed, but also made me care for the author and share her journey on many levels. It is my feeling that books like this, that explore the cultures of the world, make us all more empathetic and aware of the world we live in. Taschen continually brings the world together with it's diverse selection and culturally exotic books. Add this to your coffee table or library and be prepared to be engrossed and to smile often as you flip through the pages.

Terry Osterhout
September 2002

Cheap Hotels by Daisann McLane

about us | film/video | politics | music | books

© 2005 Echopraxia