Official Review: 55 Years on Campus by Detra enman

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Official Review: 55 Years on Campus by Detra enman

Post by CataclysmicKnight » 23 Apr 2017, 21:46

[Following is an official review of "55 Years on Campus" by Detra enman.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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If I'm going to be honest, I didn't expect much from 55 Years on Campus by Detra Enman. I figured it would be decent, but my first thought was that it would be a bit dry. Boy was I wrong! Detra's "nonpolitically correct journey" as she refers to it is a humorous, entertaining ride from beginning to end. Dee (the author) pulls no punches as we go along for the ride from joining the Air Force at 18 to her life as a flight attendant on private jets. All of this explores her "campus life", aka her lifetime of learning.

The majority of the stories are in chronological order after the first few, and most are only a page or two long. This makes the book fantastic for those who don't have a lot of time to read all at once. I was also pleasantly surprised by how many of the stories were good or even great. One or two of the stories weren't quite up to par, but they certainly weren't bad either. Each of the stories starts with something like "This part of my campus life I will call [whatever]", and several of the stories end with a lesson she learned from the tale. These range from being careful who to prank, the importance of the golden rule or not to make mountains out of molehills.

Even several hours after reading 55 Years on Campus I can remember some of my favorite stories. Throughout much of Dee's career she was an administrative "puke" - someone who was put in charge of taking care of what needed to be done. At one point in Germany they're on a float, tossing candy she purchased out to the crowds in a parade, but she ends up confused why people are throwing it back! Eventually she realizes her mistake - she accidentally bought menthol cough drops! In another, one of the more serious tales, she and some others are selling burgers when planes from the US and Italy accidentally collided in the sky near them. First the civilians ran away, then the first responders came, then looters came and stole things from the victims before the mourners and curious came. Looters so soon after such a horrible event where 30 died and 356 were injured! There are also a few good ones about POW training early in the book that show off the rest of the book's weaving of humor and education on Air Force practices.

While the author does use a fair amount of military slang, she makes it all clear what it means as she goes. I'd heard some of these elsewhere, but picked up at least one new one that Dee uses throughout the book in different ways - WTFO. While its original meaning contains an expletive (the more-familiar WTF with "over" at the end for those speaking on radio and such), she changes the abbreviation repeatedly to fit different situations like "why the freeze over" or "why the fear over". The style she uses is incredibly formal, even using "LOL" twice! Normally I find using chat slang in writing annoying, but here it just added to the laid back, listening to stories over some beers style she uses. Unfortunately, there are also hordes of grammatical errors here, and the book would have benefited from some serious editing.

55 Years on Campus was a load of fun to read. It was the perfect length (around 80 pages long) and nearly all of the bite-sized stories were enjoyable. It explored Dee's life in a way that was far more entertaining than a typical autobiography. The included collage photograph pages were also a nice touch, although due to the PDF format review copy I had they were quite pixelated upon zooming in enough to see them. The lack of editing is the only thing holding me back from giving it a perfect rating, forcing me instead to give it 3 out of 4 stars. There is a bit of crudeness in the book that holds me back from recommending it to kids, but adults who have held jobs or other folks in the armed services (Air Force especially!) will be the ones who enjoy it anyway.

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Post by kandscreeley » 24 Apr 2017, 07:28

I do like books that I can read in small doses. This sounds perfect. I love that there is humor mixed in with the stories. Thanks for the book. I'll have to look into it.
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Post by Frances Reid » 24 Apr 2017, 12:43

This reviewer, surly enjoyed reading this book.

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Post by Chrys Brobbey » 24 Apr 2017, 13:58

I've added the book to my list, for reading. The 80 pages will make reading quick, and I believe I will learn much about military matters, and the life of the author. Autobiographies are a good mix to read alongside fiction. I like the review, and the mirror view it provides into the book.
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Post by Rey » 24 Apr 2017, 16:01

Thanks for the review. Definitely going to check this out.
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Post by jezzy_ssel » 24 Apr 2017, 21:43

I will be adding this book. Your review seems like you really enjoyed the book. Thank you!

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Post by Shreyoshi Sen » 24 Apr 2017, 22:46

I enjoyed reading your review. Detra's story seems very interesting. Will add this to my shelves.
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Post by krizia » 25 Apr 2017, 07:58

This is a very nice book. Just read and you will be amazed :D

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Post by Innosmith » 25 Apr 2017, 18:39

That book is really nice.You will enjoy reading it.

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Post by JAtoms » 28 Apr 2017, 01:09

I think the reviewer enjoyed this book, it's an 80 pages of fact about aviation, Gotta put this in my shelf.

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Post by Amagine » 28 Apr 2017, 06:10

It seems like an interesting book and I'm very interested in reading the author's stories. I also like the fact that it is a woman telling about her time while doing military service. That makes it even more intriguing.
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Post by pristine woods me » 08 May 2017, 08:35

I think 55years on campus will be a good book for people who don't like read long written novels,and since it all about military stuffs it will be more interesting cos militarys are fun n good people to be with and their languages and term.s of speech will be fun to know

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I think 55years on campus will be a good book for people who don't like read long written novels,and since it all about military stuffs it will be more interesting cos militarys are fun n good people to be with and their languages and term.s of speech will be fun to know

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Post by Jaime Lync » 08 May 2017, 15:24

This actually sounds like an enjoyable read. I love books with short chapters and the premise is legit. Nice review.

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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 22 Jun 2017, 03:40

I like the idea of an autobiography of the author in military. This sounds like a nice read with humor to go along with it. I will read this one. Thank you for the review.

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Post by Mariita » 25 Jun 2017, 07:43

I like the way it expresses issue of peserference.Betray very good characters like patient.

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