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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.

sullly

Trad climber
Jun 23, 2013 - 03:01pm PT
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Well worth getting past the moocow sentence. Did Frank McCourt model Angela's Ashes after this work or what?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 23, 2013 - 03:14pm PT
heres a good book store that may have RARE ones - i recently bought a vintage and perfect condition copy of Ropers green Sierra guide!


http://www.swansfinebooks.com
sullly

Trad climber
Jun 30, 2013 - 11:25am PT
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace. Genius and draftish at the same time. (This is the unfinished novel he was working on before taking his life.) Rebel Wallace is stuck at an IRS job for a year due to getting kicked out of Amherst for writing papers for rich kids.

Cool that he double majored in philosophy and English, his dad a philosophy professor.
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!]
sullly

Trad climber
Jul 2, 2013 - 11:58am PT
Nutjob, I've taught the book many a time. It never gets old. The story you quote from, "On The Rainy River," has that great wise old man who rows Tim to the Canadian border. I like the foreshadowing where Tim works in the meat factory. My female students love Marianne Bell who becomes a hardened greenie.

After you've exhausted O'Brien (read Going After Cacciato), move on to his friend and Vietnam vet - Tobias Wolf. He's equally funny with outdoor and Vietnam stories. He wrote This Boy's Life and teaches at Stanford. I heard him speak when I took a short story class there from Michael Krasny two years ago.

Saw O'Brien speak at Stanford too. He wrote a funny novel about his divorce that might entertain you, Tomcat in Love.
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.
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