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Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jul 31, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko

Nice plug on NPR here

Second chapter in and so far so GNAR!!!!

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 31, 2013 - 02:36pm PT
The Ghosts of Glen Canyon by C. Gregory Crampton. The human history of the land under Lake Powell.

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick. 204-pg. revenge novel about the 1900 Nome gold rush, spanning the years to 1910, when the action takes place--a lot of flashbacks. Pistols mainly have one intended use: killing people.

The California Deserts by Edmund C. Jaeger. Stanford Press, 1938. A reprint from 1948, it is as old as I. The idea of earth's plated structure is begging to be revealed to this writer, who seems never to have heard of it. It still has much to learn ya in other respects.

Yep, I try to keep three or four books going at a time. Not so much now I spend more time in Taco City.

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jul 31, 2013 - 02:56pm PT
Just finished Way of the Pilgrim by Gordon R. Dickson and Blindsight by Peter Watts. I am starting the Rifters trilogy because I liked Blindsight so much.

Social climber
Jul 31, 2013 - 03:00pm PT
I'm reading Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. Crouch recommended it in a thread or on his website.

Really good so far. Kind of a combo of Madame Bovary and All Quiet on the Western Front but written by a modern author. It definitely has steamier sex scenes than those old classics!

Jul 31, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
Patrick McManus, and thanks for the heads up on his humor. Good stuff.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jul 31, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
I'll give a shout to Dehli with Over the Edge of the World, about the Magellan circumnavigation. I really enjoyed that one, too.

We just don't have courage like that anymore.

Glad you're enjoying Birdsong, OTE&STD.

On the subject of Birdsong's steamy sex scenes, one thing I learned while researching China's Wings is that people in WWII--both men and women--were every bit as interested in getting laid as people are today. I'm sure that was equally true in the Great War and every other war and period in history before that, too.

Pretty refreshing discovery, actually.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 31, 2013 - 06:02pm PT
Really great book that gives you insight into what Europe/Germany were like prior to the outbreak of WW2. I have PDF copy if anyone is interested in getting one. I think I can e-mail it, if anyone here is into WW2 history and wants one? I got this for free from a site so I assume it can be distributed. Perhaps I'm mistaken, not sure.
Credit: dirt claud

Jul 31, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
Reading my first Michener book: "Mexico"

I like how it jumps around a bit - the wife tells me this book is pretty non-linear for JAM.

Check this reading promotional world record:

Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Aug 1, 2013 - 10:51am PT
That book domino is fantastic!

And Dirt Claud, I'm interested in that Shirer PDF, but I'm worried that title might not be in the public domain yet... Has that site "cleared title?"

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 3, 2013 - 10:32pm PT
The Forever war, Haldeman

Okay not reading per se,
But day before yesterday back in California ( seems like a lifetime ago...) I happened into Swann books, Fattrad's girlfriends used book store, @ 1831 Locust, walnut creek.
There was Jeff red roper guide in hand pouring over classic lore!
He gave me the tour
Fattrad's in store with complete collection of Arabian Nights
Fattrad's in store with complete collection of Arabian Nights
Credit: Jaybro

Pretty darn cool store, and well worth checking out. Some classic hardback climbing books and guides, lots of general fiction and nonfiction, signed Steinbeck etc. Jaybro sez, "Check it out!"
Partial list of signed books;
Signed: Hillary, Bonnington, Jamling Norgay, Faulkner, steinbeck, emerson,etc

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 3, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
I picked up my copy of Herodotus in paperback at a little used book store in down town Covina for eight bucks.

on the top shelf behind the counter he had a complete multi-volume collection of John Muir.

Asking price was $750


The Granite State.
Aug 3, 2013 - 11:14pm PT
I've been reading way too much.

Water Music, T.C Boyle

Villa Incognito, Tom Robbins

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Steig Larsson

Fluke, Christopher Moore

Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The Girl Who Played With Fire, Steig Larsson

Tortilla Curtain, T.C Boyle

Mark Sensenbach

Aug 3, 2013 - 11:18pm PT
Andy Kirkpatrick - 'Cold Wars'
really good but im reading it kinda spotty couse it is summer :))
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Aug 4, 2013 - 12:54pm PT
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard.

Social climber
Aug 4, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
My Best Stories by Alice Munro.

Best writer I've ever read. Ever, ever, ever.

Sport climber
Anoka, MN
Aug 5, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
The Art of Coursesetting by Louis Anderson

Credit: wicoxfreedom
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Aug 5, 2013 - 12:34pm PT
The Zen of Recovery, by Mel Ash.

Trad climber
Aug 5, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
Just finished O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. Read it years ago, this time noticing its resemblance to Death of a Salesman.

Epic fail on Infinite Jest this summer. Returned it to the library only 100 pages in. Love D. F. Wallace's writing but stream of consciousness involving bong colors and tennis academies didn't grab me.

Aug 5, 2013 - 02:09pm PT

you got farther than i did with Infinite Jest, sullly. i'd heard all the great things about it and went to the library, pulled it off the shelf, saw it's girth and the amount of footnotes and put it right back. just couldn't commit to a grade VII book at the time.

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Aug 7, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
just couldn't commit to a grade VII book at the time.

hahaha, my same thoughts when I saw that tome on the shelf.

edit: anybody know when Robbins Vol. IV comes out?
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