Welcome to the November 2013 issue of online magazine Perceptive Travel, the home of great travel stories from book authors and the latest notable travel book and world music reviews. Here's what we've got in store for you:
Manta Patrol: Freediving with Rays in the Maldives - Michael Buckley
In the clear waters of the Maldives, one of nature's most spectacular sea creatures seems to fly underwater and glide right up next to the "bubble creatures" visiting their world.
Osaka in the End - Edward Readicker-Henderson
And then that night, when you get home, a giant lizard is stomping half of downtown Osaka. Including the office building you left an hour ago. What else is there to do but cheer? Well, this.
The Shaman of San Regis - James Michael Dorsey
Deep in the jungle along the Amazon River, a seeker finds a shaman who moves between the seen and unseen world.
World Music Reviews - Graham Reid
Exceptional desert blues for the 21st century, an archive trawl through Tito-era Gypsy-pop, a singer who has gone from Las Vegas to Womad, and apartheid-era punk from Johannesburg.
Travel Book Reviews - William Caverlee
A bestselling author investigates American minutae, two boomers give the blow-by-blow of a long motorcycle ride, and Alaska comes alive at the hands of a great writer.
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