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Social climber
Sep 9, 2013 - 07:26pm PT
hey there say, all...

remember to try out my novels and short stories that are based on them...


jake smith ranch series...

just do a search, with neebeehsaaookway, or the jake smith ranch series and it should show up...

am soon going to get the isbn numbers so you won't have to order online from should be able to order from bookstores then...

Sep 9, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
A little light reading:

I found it rather pedestrian, so I am switching off occasionally with another breezy jaunt:


Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Sep 23, 2013 - 10:30am PT
Double Indemnity

Westminster Colorado
Sep 23, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Love King or hate him you must admit that you are curious what has become of little Danny Torrance over the last 35 years. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. The sequel to the Shining.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Sep 23, 2013 - 02:03pm PT
A little sci-fi deviation: Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained by Peter Hamilton.

Loving them.

Recommended to my son and me by our own Tom Lambert.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 23, 2013 - 03:09pm PT
Ten of the Traveling Band books.

In Mr. Whipple's famous critical article about Kerouac, he described his world as 'anything but charming.'

But there is a charm about the road, starting with Charley and his travels with Steinbedeck, which didn't make the list, but then here it be, golly gee.

Cannery Row
and Sweet Thursday
and Of Mice and Men by Steinbedeck
On the Road by T.P. “Jack” Kerouac
Joe Hill by Wallace Stegner
The Adventures of Hucklebery Finn by Mark Twain
[“All American literature comes out of Huckleberry Finn.“--Hemingway]
The Further Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Greg Matthews
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Bumford
The Longest Walk by Slawomir Rawicz
The Journeyer by Gary Jennings
The Fool's Progress by Edward Abbey

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Sep 23, 2013 - 03:44pm PT
97. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike

Read that a couple years ago. Had never heard of it, nor read any Updike before that. Surprised it would make that list as it doesn't seem to be widely known. All the others I've at least heard of, if not read.

What happened to your list though? Lots of missing numbers. I've read about 2/3 of those.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 23, 2013 - 07:08pm PT
Sully, you mean those are the books that librarians are most asked to jerk
from the shelves? The Great Gatsby, are you kidding me? Yawn...

Now, I can see that it would be hard to keep The Satanic Verses on
the shelves in Teheran, Amsterdam, or Detroit, but here?

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 23, 2013 - 07:16pm PT
Just finished this one. Pretty interesting if you like Bodie and the East side of the Sierra

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Sep 24, 2013 - 10:11am PT
That looks like a good one Stahlbro. Will have to buy that one on Ebay today, thanks.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 24, 2013 - 10:18am PT
DC, if that excites u check out Death Valley to Yosemite: Frontier mining Camps & Ghost Towns - well written and focuses more on the people - some amazing stories. We're sooo weak!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 24, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
Sully, I wasn't yawning in reference to the book's merits but rather at
the notion that it is 'controversial'. I guess it was in 1925. ;-)
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Sep 24, 2013 - 12:43pm PT
Awesome, thanks Reilly. Got three great books on order now, can't wait till they get here :)

Who's read this one? just ordered this one as well.
Credit: dirt claud

The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Sep 24, 2013 - 04:54pm PT
Helmet for My Pillow
(From Parris Island to the Pacific)
Robert (Lucky) Leckie

For the 4th or 5th time.

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Sep 24, 2013 - 05:54pm PT
A Course in Miracles! Total flashback to high school, my mom's post-alcoholic post-druggie AA and NA card toting get-it-together phase, complete with positive phrases and mantras on top of every doorway. For many years I rejected new-agey spiritual stuff because it was wrapped up in my unresolved mother issues. At the time I wished I could just hate her for the ways in which she screwed me up and mistakes she made as a mother. Her efforts to improve her life was like taking away the tangible object toward which I could target my resentment, but leaving the rats' nest of unresolved crap still stuck in me and needing an outlet. With several decades of reflection, I'm glad to have that rather than an incorrigible belligerent drunk/druggie parent who never changed. I had the example of a person changing, making efforts to improve, and that was a lesson I deeply internalized and it ultimately helped me resolve a lot of crap. Of course, it would still have been nicer to not have the crap to get rid of in the first place.

Oh wait, this was the book thread...

I'm reading "A World Without End" by Ken Follett. I read Pillars of the Earth a few years ago, took a while to start on this one but it's tough to put down. Epic saga, historically insightful, but a few minor plot defects where characters do uncharacteristic things to help move the plot along. Overall a very enjoyable book though.

I actively seek out anything written by Ken Follett.
David Knopp

Trad climber
Sep 24, 2013 - 06:15pm PT
Just finished Billionaire's Apprentice by Anita Raghavan-great story of the rise of S. E. Asians at the highest levels of finance and how they too can be greedy bastards.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 24, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
I've got 3 (maybe more) going.

"Songbird Journeys" Miyoko Chu Science behind bird migration.

"The Autistic Brain" Temple Grandin Science and history behind autistic brain research by our most famous Autistic American.

"Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona" by Ken Kaufman and the SE AZ Audubon group.
Planning several SE AZ birding trips in the next year.

I need something light and easily entertaining. I've got mucho reading time in the next 2 weeks.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Sep 25, 2013 - 03:54am PT
Rereading Into the Wild by Krakauer. First read it in the late 90s.

I got curious and googled for updates and found this New Yorker article by Krakauer posted earlier this month:

It appears that it was not a case of simple starvation. It is highly probable that McCandless was poisoned by a neurotoxin ( ODAP) in the wild potato seeds he was consuming.
This neurotoxin results in a condition termed Lathyrism which is a type of progressive paralysis of the lower extremities. This condition rendered McCandless too weak and immobilized to either effectively food gather or walk out.

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Sep 25, 2013 - 04:53am PT
Big Sur by Kerouac, audio book,

if you feeling down due to booze, this is the book for you, an inside look at the neurosis and pain caused by the deadly juice,
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Sep 25, 2013 - 06:45am PT
Some great suggestions as always, thanks folks.

"I actively seek out anything written by Ken Follett."

I agree. In the epic novel genre Follett is quite the story teller as are James Clavell and Wilbur Smith. Look them up if you haven't. And, fairly easy reading too.
I enjoy the connections they create from story to story. I wasn't sure how he'd do it but even King Rat and Shogun have a connection though subtle compared to others of Clavell's.

When I travel I like to read about the places I visit (before, during, and after). I have an upcoming Morocco trip planned as well as Laos...anyone have suggested readings for either of those two places?

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