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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.
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Nov 13, 2012 - 08:23pm PT
Just finished Flying Through Midnight by John Halliday, recommended by Reilly on another thread.

Once I got into it; I couldn't put it down. More than a history lesson.
Took me away from my minuscule self for a day or so.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 20, 2012 - 03:16am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
So He's not a She in this one--meh! Not a problem.
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 20, 2012 - 03:57am PT
Cormac McCarthy's "The Road"


Sparse. Lean. Profound.

A few curves on canvas can paint a rich picture. If the artist is good. So it is with words. Clarity of thought, of vision, to evoke a reaction. And nothing more. Life, grief, longing, loss, love. All are on the table. Nothing is lost for want of words.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 20, 2012 - 02:31pm PT
Issac's Storm, by Erik Larson is a good read. I have that one on my shelf also. PM me if you want it, I'll send it out.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 20, 2012 - 08:46pm PT
Road trip listening: Henning Mankell's "The Troubled Man" with the great character of police detective Kurt Wallender. To J Tree and back from the Bay area, 18 hours of driving, we got through 10 cds - 4 more to go!!
tom Carter

Social climber
Nov 21, 2012 - 12:46am PT
Bernd Heinrich "Life Everlasting" (not religious).

If you have not picked up something by him - do.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Nov 21, 2012 - 12:51am PT
I read some sci fi the other day. Really brought back my prepubescent years.
Borut

climber
french, spider, cheater
Dec 1, 2012 - 04:22am PT
more of http://www.stevehouse.net/SteveHouse.net/My_Book.html
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Dec 1, 2012 - 05:09am PT
I wish the Steve House book chronicled his 2010 accident and subsequent recovery. That would be a wild couple of chapters indeed!
Borut

climber
french, spider, cheater
Dec 1, 2012 - 05:18am PT
check the "Speaking" Tab
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Dec 3, 2012 - 06:17pm PT
Good read; whether you have any interest in the Klamath or not.
Credit: Tobia
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Dec 4, 2012 - 02:11am PT
Dispatches by Michael Herr, for the 7th or 8th time.
First published in 68 and considered at the time one of the finest pieces on the Vietnam experience.
It's evident that Coppola and Stone lifted entire scenes intact out of this book for Apocalypse Now and Platoon.
Herr's writing style seems to break all the rules and capture the sociopolitical paradigm of an era.
This work belongs with other Vietnam war must reads such as:
Vietnam (Stanley Karnow)
A Bright and Shining Lie (Neil Sheehan)
Chickenhawk (Rober Mason)
About Face (Dave Hackworth)
We Were Soldiers Once and Young (Moore and Galloway)
Dingus McGee

Social climber
Laramie
Dec 4, 2012 - 08:53am PT
Just received an amazon copy of Flight Behavior the latest Kingsolver novel.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:17am PT
THE CAT FROM HUY
John Lawrence. non fiction.
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Feb 6, 2013 - 12:24am PT
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/521

Collected Short Stories of Saki: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/71189.The_Collected_Short_Stories_of_Saki




These are both excellent. I'm most amazed that Robinson Crusoe is so readable from the year 1719. You don't have to be a "classics" major to enjoy it.
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Feb 6, 2013 - 12:48am PT
Just finished "The New Jim Crow" or why there are 2.3 million mostly black men in prison in the USA. Important book.

Now I'm back on "Theology for the Third Millenium" by Hans Kung. Progressive (some might say heretical I suppose) catholic and highly interllectual theology. Loving it. For me it hits the sweet spot where the intellect and faith converge.
paul roehl

Boulder climber
california
Mar 22, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
Julian by Gore Vidal. Early Christianity and its politics. Fascinating
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 22, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
Right now?

MacBook!

:-)
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