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Westminster Colorado
Nov 30, 2013 - 06:31pm PT
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The story takes place in Alaska in 1920. Its a novel about a couple homesteading and discover a mysterious little girl who calls herself Faina. She is mysterious and appears after the couple create a little snow girl that they decorate with mittens and a scarf. She is a child of the woods and was inspired by a classic Russian fairy tale of a snow maiden.

I am half done with it and I find it hard to put down.

Credit: Dickbob

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2013 - 07:15pm PT
Russ Walling...I read Storming Heaven, it was good. I would also recommend "Breaking Open the Head" by Daniel Pinchbeck, along that same topic.

The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Dec 9, 2013 - 03:13pm PT
"Good luck with infinite jest, Walleye! So far, the jest has been own me!!"

I finally read and finished Infinite Jest three days ago. I gotta say I pretty muched liked it a whole lot! Some of it gave me major howlers!

EDIT: and getting ready to start "American Prometheus" Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Dec 9, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
Thanks to Stahlbro for recommending "Gunfighters and Outlaws"
Really great book on the local history of Bodie and Aurora mining towns.
I highly recommend you read this before you visit Bodie if you are planning on going, it will make the experience much better. I have been to Bodie, but want to go back now that I have read the book and put names, faces and/or stories to the past residents who lived there.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 9, 2013 - 03:29pm PT
Sully, I've seen five of the Pittsburgh Cycle at the Mark Taper Theatre.
Every one was a gem. He is surely one of the top ten all-time greats.

Claud, I'm reading Pete Aguereberry, Death Valley Prospector. Add it
to yer list, mon ami (Pete was French Basque).
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Dec 9, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
Cool, thanks Reilly, will do. I'm reading the other one you recommended about mining towns.

Social climber
Dec 9, 2013 - 04:08pm PT
Elmer Gantry, by Sinclair Lewis.

A bit slow and long, written in 1926, but a fascinating, vivid character study. Brings to life the culture and people of the Midwest in the early 1900s.
Bruce Morris

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Belmont, California
Dec 9, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
The End of Faith by Sam Harris. Subtitled: "Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason":

Hey, why not a new ecumenical movement to deconstruct Islamic, Christian and Jewish fundamentalism and literal interpretation of religious texts?

An idea whose time has come as Christian and Muslim mobs kill each other on the streets in Africa. Another "100 Years War" in the making, this time with WMDs?

So much for the Victorian compromise and the myth of progress.

"Interestingly, Harris is not just focused on debunking religious faith, though he makes his compelling arguments with verve and intellectual clarity. The End of Faith is also a bit of a philosophical Swiss Army knife. Once he has presented his arguments on why, in an age of Weapons of Mass Destruction, belief is now a hazard of great proportions, he focuses on proposing alternate approaches to the mysteries of life." - Amazon review

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Dec 9, 2013 - 04:21pm PT

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Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 9, 2013 - 05:06pm PT
The Maestro Myth by Norman Lebrecht.

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Dec 9, 2013 - 05:49pm PT

I'll admit I was curious how the genres could collide. No more. If someone asks me to make an expression of disbelief, I know how to do it now, because that was stuck on my face for the entire time reading that webpage. I don't know if it's worse someone dedicated enough time to make books like this, or that there is potentially a market that inspired their creation.


Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:39pm PT
I'm currently reading a publisher's proof copy of The Pagan Lord, the 7th volume in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Tales series; excellent novels of the Alfred the Great era in British History. I'm an Amazon Vine reviewer; they send me free books to read and comment upon.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
The KJV Bible

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Dec 10, 2013 - 02:46pm PT

I've been doing this for a while; it's by invitation after one reaches >100 book reviews written, and enough positive "votes." It's not only books, but included stuff like vitamins, electronics, coffee, etc.


P.S. I read pretty fast; normally a book a day for me.

Dec 30, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
Just finished The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins. I give it 4/5 Supertaco stars. It's an introduction to evolution, how it works, and the evidence it leaves behind. It briefly covers several fields of study - from radiometric dating and plate tectonics to genetics, embryology, and zoology. And each step of the way he pauses to pick apart the claims and arguments made by creationists. Dawkins has a great enthusiasm for his work and he writes with clarity and expertise. This is the second book of his that I've read with several more on my "to read" list.

Just started The Last Gasp: Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber by Scott Christianson. A couple chapters in, I've learned about rise of the Eugenics movement at the turn of the century and the development of poisonous gases during the first World War. Pretty good so far.

Trad climber
Morris Plains / Givat Haim Ichud Israel
Dec 31, 2013 - 01:26am PT
Reading Richard Marcinkos books again always an enjoyable read. Was gonna start reading a sport Climbing book but just haven't had to take to really take on a serious book.

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going big air to fakie
Dec 31, 2013 - 01:44am PT
I read "the language of flowers" quick entertaining read

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 31, 2013 - 09:44am PT
Retreading Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
And taking firsts on Playback, Raymond chandler & Three to get ready-Janet evanich

Last week was zero history ( Gibson), The glass Key,- Dashiel Hammet

& the Autistic Brain by a Temple Grandin
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Dec 31, 2013 - 09:48am PT
"Who I Am" Pete Townshend

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 31, 2013 - 10:50am PT
An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson. A very well researched and written account of the invasion of North Africa. We sure f*#ked up a lot, but managed to figure out how to fight eventually.
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