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Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 25, 2012 - 09:03pm PT
I see what you mean,though I didn't read it that way. I had to think a bit to place the part you mean.
I get your point, glad you clarified.

Though it brings up other questions....
rrider

climber
Mckinleyville, Ca
Oct 26, 2012 - 02:49pm PT
Phillip K. Dick: A Maze of Death, 1970. The book was miss-filed, and sitting on top of some climbing books in our local used book store. I figured it was speaking to me. Never heard of this PKD title. Wikipedia has it that Dick claimed to have written his 60’s era stuff while on “amphetamines”. (A precursor doping model for Lance Armstrong, but man enough to admit it...heh)

Sometimes the Politics, God and Religion vs. Science thread is a lot like a page out of a Dick book…or out of his mind. Both Haw Haw and For-Reals!

I remember a title which Slings once had his nose in: With A Finger In My I. Don't remember the author, nor have read it. There was lots of good SF book exposure going around C4 early 70's.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 26, 2012 - 03:53pm PT
Good title, With a Finger in My I.

I read Club Dumas and that got me hooked on Perez-Reverte. The Seville Communion's considered his best. They're almost all good. This is the second time around on Fencing Master.
Credit: mouse from merced

And neebee has sent me a copy of her book Steppingstones Through Jake's Ranch Vol IV.

Thanks, neebee, I'll get rolling on it after Oakdale. :O)
sullly

Trad climber
Nov 6, 2012 - 12:51am PT
Anyone read the new Richard Russo memoir? He wrote Empire Falls which was fantastic.
moosedrool

Trad climber
Fremont
Nov 6, 2012 - 12:53am PT
I am not reading any book, damn it! I just want to go climbing tomorrow!!!!!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 6, 2012 - 12:57am PT
Just finished Darwin's Ghosts. And would reccomend it. Kind of a Stephen key Gould type of thing, and a cautionary tale about reading those you aknowledge!

On to "Chi marathons"
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 6, 2012 - 02:07am PT
Joe Fitschen's "Going Up". And diggin' it.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Nov 6, 2012 - 02:09am PT
Malcolm Gladwell's What the Dog Saw
Fascinating.

Just finished his Blink, which should not be missed.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 6, 2012 - 02:17am PT
"Blink" was cool.
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Nov 6, 2012 - 09:23am PT
Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young..
super super super.. good.
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Nov 6, 2012 - 09:28am PT
Just finished "No Easy Day"

The first hand account of the mission that smoked Bin Ladin

paul roehl

Boulder climber
california
Nov 6, 2012 - 12:42pm PT
"Glittering Images" by Camille Paglia... grating but interesting look at art. Highly recommended for the introduction alone. Find it difficult to accept the idea that George Lucas is the greatest living artist though!
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 6, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
Mountains Beyond Mountains wasn't high lit, but it sure did make me feel lazy and like I should be doing more to make the world a better place. I'm very glad that I listened.

I'm not to the new Tom Wolfe book now. It's great fun. Basically, it's the Bonfire of the Vanities set in Miami in 2012, but I don't mind.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 8, 2012 - 11:24am PT
Issac's Storm, by Erik Larson. About the 1900 hurricane that destroyed Galveston TX and killed over 6k people - still the deadliest storm in US history. Apropos, although I picked it up at a book swap last month before Sandy was in the news.

Finished the Empire of the Summer Moon and liked it a lot. Started looking up places mentioned in the book on Google to see photos and saw there is a climbing area in SW Oklahoma in the Wichita Mnts near Ft. Sill where Quanah and his Comanches settled on the reservation. Also the Palo Duro canyon looks cool.

In between these books I had a quick read of Tale of Two Cities by Dickens. I had bought if for my son to read. It was only the 2nd time I'd read it. That was because I have such good memories of the first time. That was back in High School in the early 70s when I went on a weekend trip up to Old Rag in the Virginia Blue Ridge with the idea of climbing. It never stopped raining. So my partner and I wound up bivied in some cave and just read the whole time while downing pop tarts and hot chocolate.

Ever climber must have some book that brings back memories of long bivies in bad weather, or of some great climb in their lives. What's yours?
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Nov 8, 2012 - 11:37am PT
"To Lhasa in Disguise" by William McGovern

Fun read about an early travler.
HuecoRat

Trad climber
NJ
Nov 8, 2012 - 12:12pm PT
Just re-read Traverse of the Gods by Bob Langley. It is the best mountain fiction book I've ever read.

Now reading Indian Fights and Fighters by Cyrus Brady. It's a history of the plains indian wars written in 1904. Pretty interesting.
KabalaArch

Trad climber
Starlite, California
Nov 8, 2012 - 01:00pm PT
To speak to little Z, Jon Krakauer's Eiger Dreams is a light hearted anthology of climbing yarns which is so broad in its scope of climbing areas that I'm sure it would resonate with most S Topians...although for some reasons the current edition is lacking the “Is Yosemite Going to the Dogs?” chapter.

And, to take a tip from his “On Being Tentbound,” Marcel Proust does offer more ounce of weight to hour of entertainment, Swann's Way, from his A la Recherche du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time) is probably the most accessible – although one may chose to bring along all 5 volumes if contemplating a visit to Patagonia or the Alaska Range. Of course, one does not read Proust; one re-reads Proust.

Right know I'm re-reading Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, which feels so appropriate to our current economic state. “Who is John Galt?” Our heroine eventually finds out, when she is forced to make an emergency landing in her private airplane through the mists of a remote and uncharted valley high in the Rockies. There, she meets all of the various and very prominent industrialists; scientists; inventors; financiers; philosophers and thinkers, who have mysteriously disappeared, one by one, from our country and its corrupt efforts at nationalization across all sectors to delay its economic depressions descent into complete financial collapse. And it is here, in this valley (which is rendered undetectable by the artificial mist which is sort of like a 1-way mirror) that our country's best minds have reestablished themselves in a small and self contained utopia, its internal economy based on the gold standard.

This kind of idealism I find very appealing in this day and age. It also strikes very close to home, as it closely parallels what we were to find here in the very small world of the Owens Valley, with its diverse populace which ranges from ranchers and packers; Pulitzer Prize authors; Cal Tech astrophysicists; artists; Olympic medalist athletes; Everest summiteers...and a thriving community of some damn good rockclimbers to match the world-class terrain.

And, as if by a strange coincidence, when we finally decided to make the Owens our new home, we were flown in by private plane. After dropping through a veil of clouds, spanning from the crest of the Sierra to the top of the Whites, the Valley floor was laid out before us, like some delicately tinted cartographer's artwork.
MH2

climber
Nov 8, 2012 - 03:43pm PT
All 5 volumes? I thought Proust lost more time than that.


Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Nov 11, 2012 - 06:35am PT
Neptune's Inferno by James D. Hornfischer, recommended up thread by Piton Ron; I recently read Last of The Tin Can Soldiers by the same author.

Neptune's Inferno won't let you go; from the opening pages. I don't relish the thought of having been a sailor in the Battle of Guadalcanal. I finished it 2 days prior to the 70th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy's first successful night action against the Japanese fleet trying to resupply the troops on Guadalcanal (Nov 12-13th 1942). A masterful account of the sacrifices made by the young sailors and older officers of the U.S. Navy.

Two of the most remarkable tales told are the strange ways in which the U.S. Navy would substitute inexperienced commanders of night and/or surface battles for those who had recently gained hard won experience in this brutal type of warfare right before expected clashes with the superior Japanese.

The other is the story of Eugene Tarrant, a steward, aboard the U.S.S. Atlanta. Treated with disdain due to his race, in normal times, he performs many acts of heroism that saved plenty of lives during or after the battle; only to return to status of a second class citizen later. Makes you scratch your head.

Just started Flying Through Midnight by J. Halliday as recommended on the taco by someone.

For all the discussion of OT threads on the taco, this thread and the What Song thread provide peaceful proof that some OT threads bring out the best sides of tacoians as compared to some other threads that do the opposite.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 11, 2012 - 12:37pm PT
I just started "Lionel Asbo", the new one from Martin Amis. We'll see how it goes. I'm a bit ambivalent about Martin. There can be a little too much seamy underbelly of life stuff in his books for my delicate sensibilities.

Edit: Stopped reading it. He's a good writer but it's just not for me.
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