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Monday, November 23, 2009


Welcome to the opening of the AquaMarketplace!

Earlier in the month, I put up the Shrine's first ad, promoting the 2nd edition to the book The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios. The other day, I went back and checked my Amazon Associates page, and saw that the Shrine helped move a surprising (to me, at least) number of copies! Thanks to everyone that bought a book from Amazon via my link.

Since that was a success, I thought I'd open up an informal Aquaman Shrine store for Amazon.com, where I put up a web ad promoting some particular product that caught my eye and I think is pretty cool. Plus it helps defray the cost of running the Shrine--a little bit, at least.

Not everything will be Aquaman, or even comic book, related. Case in point, this book:

I haven't even finished reading Brad Matsen's Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King yet, but I can already recommend it to anyone with an interest in the world-famous explorer of the seas. Cousteau's commitment to caring for the world's oceans and all the life in them made him a real-life Aquaman.

A regular observation he made throughout his life was how little of the planet's vast oceans we have explored; which reminds me a lot of Aquaman's famous line from Kingdom Come about him ruling 70% of the world. After all, they are both known as The Sea King!

Its a highly addictive read, in that author Matsen lays out Cousteau's incredible life story in such vivid detail that I found myself going way past my "chapter a night" bedtime ritual and reading as much as I could before falling asleep. An amazing life, an excellent read.


Luis said...

When I was a young lad I had dreams of becoming and oceanographer, and of course, Cousteau was my hero. I even had a model kit of his vessel, The Calypso. This book looks like a good read. Thanks for the tip.

Sol Editions said...

FYI, Brad Matsen has a new blog at http://bradmatsen.wordpress.com/
A link to this post is posted there.

Unknown said...

I just ordered this book from Amazon on Sunday night. There are few biographies about this remarkable man and I am really looking forward to reading it. Growing up, both Aquaman and Cousteau fired my interest in the oceans and, consequently, influenced my life. Even though I have yet to read the book, I salute your choice of recommendation!