The Princess of the Bottom of the World: Complete Series

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Scott Sullivan must travel to the coldest and most remote place on Earth to warm his heart to love. He journeys to Antarctica and other distant regions to study and write about wildlife and the surroundings. For far too long he has put his personal life on ice. During the voyage he befriends a quirky crew member who begins the melting process on his heart, forcing him to make a course correction. More
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About Dan Linehan

In 2000, Dan Linehan switched careers from scientific researcher and engineer to fulltime writer and editor. Focusing on creativity, education, and outreach using multiplatform storytelling, he is widely published—in many forms of writing that include poetry and fiction—and has won awards for his work. Video, photography, and other visualizations often play important roles.

He has authored two highly illustrated nonfiction books that cover historical and technological aspects of aerospace and space tourism, Burt Rutan's Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations (Zenith Press, 2011) and SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History (Zenith Press, 2008), which has a foreword by science fiction legend Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

Dan has worked for a film studio, a literary journal, a national laboratory, and leading educational publishers. As a writer, he explored Antarctica and the surrounding regions from 2006 to 2007 and lived in Argentina from 2013 to 2014.

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Reviews of The Princess of the Bottom of the World: Complete Series by Dan Linehan

Terecubana reviewed on Feb. 3, 2022

I’ve known Dan for over 20 years and have always been impressed by his commitment to the environment and tireless effort to educate and inspire us through his informational interviews, writings, and beautiful photography. The Princess of the Bottom of the World is the culmination of Dan’s work to date; it’s been exciting to see this great tale evolve into a multimedia series that allows audiences to feel like they’re traveling along on the adventures. Dan’s voice is clear and witty as he weaves travel, romance, and the alarming reality of climate change into an engaging story that nudges us gently to take positive action in any way we can.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
edward13 reviewed on Jan. 31, 2022

I bought the original episodes separately before they were combined, so copying my review here. Dan paints a detailed picture of the sights, sounds, and smells on his adventure. The photos are amazing! Even though I haven't been anywhere close to Antarctica, I felt I could relate to the main character through his storytelling. Unfortunately this region is as delicate as it is grand, and this story is a good reminder of the negative impacts of climate change and our duty to prevent further damage.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
vikpavate reviewed on Jan. 30, 2022

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this amazing tale about love and nature in a super innovative and engaging format. Highly recommend this series to everyone!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
nchupka reviewed on Jan. 26, 2022

Dan Linehan’s detailed descriptions of the wildlife, flora, people, and experiences that he encountered in Antarctica and South America made me feel like I was right there with him. Having links to pictures and videos of what he was describing had me falling in love with the animals, wondering what they’re up to right now, and wanting to do more to protect them and their habitats, our habitat, this planet that we call home. I never imagined that the logistics of taking a trip to Antarctica and the differences between the various penguins could be so interesting! Accentuated by a background mysterious love story that brings a human and personal element to the serious issue of climate change, and dotted with cute puns and plays on words, this was an interesting and important series to read, support, and share!
(reviewed 67 days after purchase)
Zaheer Kasad reviewed on Jan. 24, 2022

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series. Dan's writing made me feel like I was traveling with him. His clear and detailed writing along with the links to the pictures that he took made the story come alive. His writing made me realize how climate change and pollution are affecting the balance of nature and how it is critical for us to take action quickly. I highly recommend this series to everyone.

Like some other reviewers, I also first read the series as individual episodes and am now leaving my same review here with the collection.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
sthorntoniii reviewed on Dec. 29, 2021

Quite a tale! The story begins in the United States but arrives in less traveled locales including South Georgia Island and Antarctica. The author excels at describing the natural world at the bottom of the world and creates an illuminating travelogue amidst a backdrop of a changing climate. There's even a love story to boot! The writer augments his tale with everything at his disposal including photos, maps, and popular rock songs. Take this trip!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
mdz113 reviewed on Dec. 9, 2021

I read the series as individual episodes and left a review for episode 1, but I'm leaving my same review here for the full collection:

This is not your ordinary climate change book, bludgeoning you over the head with factoids and trying to guilt you into action. It is rather a vivid reminder of how awe-inspiring this planet is, seen through the eyes of Scott, traveling through the most remote parts of the Southern Hemisphere. Places of immense beauty but also of fragility. Places that are harbingers of drastic and rapid change. Images, videos, and even a soundtrack make for an immersive experience unlike any other book I’ve read. The romance story embedded within the broader narrative brings a palpable human drama that propels the plot forward, and turns out to be a compelling vehicle for telling a story about climate change. And in the end it brings to the fore the commonalities between human romance and nature — beautiful, precious, and ultimately fleeting.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Emily Wilson reviewed on Dec. 8, 2021

So much is wrapped into this book series - an epic travel adventure, a touching love story, spectacular wildlife photography - all set within a magnificent landscape that is in peril. The melding of these elements creates an experience that is both cathartic and uplifting. I highly recommend this series.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Jakegl reviewed on Nov. 26, 2021

I can only echo some of the previous sentiments, this series takes the reader on an approachable, realistic ride to locations that are not always at the forefront of your typical TripAdvisor search, all while shedding light onto some of the realities of society's impact, showcasing the love of wildlife (penguin highways! with fantastic photos and videos to boot), and some provocative romance to keep you turning pages. An amazing adventure, and I learned quite a bit.

Also, as an iPad reader, it's fun switching back and forth from the multimedia companion - especially if you forgot to after an episode, and then go back and relive it with actual photos, maps, and even a Spotify soundtrack. Very cool.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Hermitage2 reviewed on Nov. 23, 2021

This is an exciting read that combines serious and well documented issues of climate change with a romantic storyline which is compelling on every level. The product of years of research and first hand experience. A scientist turned novelist, combining both strengths.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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