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Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jun 20, 2013 - 02:21pm PT

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures Of Stanley And Livingstone by Martin Dugard


cf. http://books.google.com/books/about/Into_Africa.html?id=X5xM29LaRZQC



Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jun 20, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
The Wasp Factory by Ian Banks

I really enjoyed The Wasp Factory.

If you like Banks, you might try Espedair Street, which isn't quite so bleak, and of course, his SciFi as Iain M. Banks is absolutely phenomenal. I recommend everything from "The Culture."
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jun 20, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
Trond Berg Eriksen: Søren Kierkegaard Den Fromme Spotteren (The Humble Mocker).
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Jun 20, 2013 - 03:39pm PT
CRO-MAGNON; How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans
hooth

Boulder climber
Sconnie
Jun 20, 2013 - 05:38pm PT
had enough time to steal away from my Hollywood desk job at lunch to crank off a LONG ON ADVENTURE short story. always inspiring.

Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jul 1, 2013 - 10:08am PT
Knocked out a good pulpy sci-fi last week: Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan.

Phillip K. Dick meets Raymond Chandler.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jul 1, 2013 - 10:19am PT
Now I'm into Beyond the 100th Meridian, by Wallace Stegner.


great book!
Gene

climber
Jul 1, 2013 - 10:30am PT
The War Below by James M. Scott.

Great book about the Silversides, Drum, and Tang in WWII. I'm biased since Dad provided much of the source material for the Silversides' part of the book.

Credit: Gene
A picture from the book of the Old Man as a Young Man sailing into harm's way.

g
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jul 1, 2013 - 10:56am PT
Now I'm into Beyond the 100th Meridian, by Wallace Stegner.


great book!

I'm enjoying it, Roxy. J.W. Powell was a serious bad-ass, and it's a fascinating portrait of the West in the late 1860s, `70s, and 1880s.

I've also just posted my review of Frozen in Time, another World War II rescue story from Lost in Shangri-La author Mitchell Zuckoff.

Credit: Gregory Crouch

Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jul 1, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
Another nice review Greg.

I started reading Davis' 'Learning to Fly', it arrived in the mail this weekend. Nice to come home to a new book.

Powell was a badass indeed.
McCfly

climber
Jul 1, 2013 - 01:56pm PT
The Four Foundations Of Mindfulness

By: Bhante Gunaratana
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Jul 1, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
This caught my eye in a library sale. Exploring it a few pages at a time:



I started to say "savouring" it a few pages at a time, but that doesn't quite fit. Savour implies a sort of basic pleasure, and I can't say this book is always pleasurable. Insightful. Compelling. But not always pleasurable. It just feels real and honest, and gives me access to a set of experiences that divine grace spared me from directly acquiring.

There is an especially poignant and insightful story about his experience before shipping off to Viet Nam, a crisis of conscience while standing at a fork in the road of life. He sums up:
"I was a coward. I went to the war."
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jul 2, 2013 - 11:29am PT
Nutjub, that's one of the great modern American books.

I'm going to out myself as the outrageous tool & dork that I am, but last night I just finished my 400th book since I began writing Enduring Patagonia in January of 2000. I know this because I've been keeping a list. Forgive me, but here's the damn list.

I wish it were longer. ;-)

[And thanks, Roxy. Hope you enjoy Learning to Fly!]
stevep

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Jul 2, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
Nutjub, that's one of the great modern American books.

I'm going to out myself as the outrageous tool & dork that I am, but last night I just finished my 400th book since I began writing Enduring Patagonia in January of 2000. I know this because I've been keeping a list. Forgive me, but here's the damn list.

I wish it were longer. ;-)

Welcome to dorkland Greg. I keep the same sort of list of books I've read (as did my Dad before me). And I think my list since 2000 is longer than yours, so I'm an even bigger nerd. Though we have a fair amount of duplicates.

On the Vietnam front, the one book I've found comparable to Things They Carried is Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes.
And agree with you on Altered Carbon. If you like that, try to track down the Carlucci books by Richard Paul Russo.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jul 2, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
Welcome to dorkland Greg. I keep the same sort of list of books I've read (as did my Dad before me). And I think my list since 2000 is longer than yours, so I'm an even bigger nerd. Though we have a fair amount of duplicates.

Writing those two cost me SO MANY books... maybe I'd compete better if I hadn't sumped so much reading time into them. :-)

In Sci-Fi, I can't recommend Iain M. Banks strongly enough. His Culture novels. Start with Consider Phlebas and move on from there. His ship names alone make the books worth reading.
stevep

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Jul 2, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Several of Banks books were already on my Amazon wish list. Maybe I'll have to bump them a little higher.
And China's Wings is sitting on my book shelf in the To Be Read stack, so it will count for me, where it counted against you :-)
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 2, 2013 - 01:44pm PT
The problem with keeping a real list is you miss the opportunity to reread a book you already read because you see it on your list.

How many times have you begun a book and realized you had already read it? Numerous times for me and the funny part is how new it is the second time around. Amazing what we retain and what we forget.

Then again, what is really weird is to buy back one of your own books at an used bookstore!
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jul 2, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
True story: A friend of mine recently bought a used copy of Enduring Patagonia from Amazon, and tucked inside the book was a very risque note from girlfriend to boyfriend describing in exquisite and superb detail what she was going to do to him when he got back from the long expedition on which he was about to embark. Apparently the book was a gift to help him while away stormy days.

No names were included, but it suddenly occurs to me that the author or recipient of that note could be among us here on Supertopo...

If you're the author and you've ditched the guy, PM me... :-)

Addendum: if she were a better friend, she'd have bought the eBook.

Hope you enjoy China's Wings, Stevep. God knows I need readers.
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Jul 2, 2013 - 03:59pm PT
GC, I thought stuff like that only happened in male-written porn fantasies.

Sully, yeah that Marianne Bell story stuck with me. I can't say I was horrified by it, or totally creeped out, but it definitely left a disquieting feeling, and I was pondering it for a while afterward. How many people have morality dictated by fear and lack of opportunity vs. some inner notion of what they really think is right?
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 2, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
Guido,

in memory of the 150th anniversary, just plucked "Lincoln at Gettysburg" off the shelf, a book I inherited from my Dad. It'll be a reread. Last read was maybe 10 years ago.
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