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Mark Rodell

Trad climber
Mar 12, 2014 - 10:54pm PT
My novel, A Stance of Wonder, is almost two years old. I reread it last week and it almost felt like someone else wrote it.
Modesto Mutant

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 13, 2014 - 01:28am PT
Re-Reading A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess) for the first time since senior year of HS (1973). I didn't realize this until I started reading the book again, but Burgess original UK/Euro version had 21 chapters. The USA version and the Kubrick film only included the first 20, not the full book. The last chapter was quite a departure and changed the story line.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 13, 2014 - 08:06am PT
Hello, the Mutant from Modesto!
Credit: mouse from merced

Pasadena, CA
Mar 15, 2014 - 09:33pm PT
Intense, inspiring story of researchers who left Merck in disillusionment to make new drugs for diseases with no cure, like hepatitis C and cystic fibrosis. You need basic biology/DNA/chemistry literacy to understand what the researchers do at their new company. Its a page turner with smart, eccentric, live-on-the-edge characters.

Credit: Bluelens

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 18, 2014 - 07:51pm PT
Today's bit of prescient irony; lately I've been rereading the Novels of William Gibson. I recently finished Virtual Light, so it was time for Idoru. I didnt seem to have a copy around, and neither did my local public library, or thrift store. Eventually I broke down and bought an electronic copy to read in iBooks. So, the first William Gibson book a bought a virtual copy of is the one about a media star who turns out to be a web construct!

His work is amazingly predictive, did he in 1996, anticipate this particular work being bought and read electronically? Not on a phone certainly, all those guys missed the coming of the smartphone

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Mar 18, 2014 - 08:12pm PT
The $100 Startup.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Mar 20, 2014 - 05:56pm PT
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity,

I can't put in down.

The Granite State.
Mar 20, 2014 - 05:58pm PT
Pud, I'd recommend 'Fluke' by CM as well. He writes great books for whenever I'm desiring something light.
duck on a bike

Mar 22, 2014 - 05:56pm PT
Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn. "Page turner" for sure. WOW!!!


Picked up on it from fresh air interview. Non-fiction. I'm on chapter 12.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Mar 23, 2014 - 11:40am PT
Read some trashy potboilers lately, not worth posting about, but now I'm into Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, which is absolutely classic.

Best novel I've read since Angle of Repose.

Trad climber
Mar 26, 2014 - 08:58am PT

Just started Pat Ament's Stories Of A Young Climber

great candid descriptions of the early years in Boulder with Kor and others

well done Oliver!

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Mar 26, 2014 - 11:05am PT
Mostly working on a re-translation of this:
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The original translation is kind of messed up.

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Mar 26, 2014 - 11:22am PT
Right now I'm reading Mayflower, by Nathaniel Philbrick.

Boy, House of Cards got nuthin on those early Pilgrims and the local tribes! The amount of back-stabbing, intriguing between Pilgrim and tribe, tribe and tribe, Puritan (in Mass. bay, now Boston) and tribe, makes one think that this nation was founded on corrupt politics from the get-go. It reads kind of like a textbook, and has about 100 pages of references and appendix, but I'm certainly getting my money's worth since I picked this up in the $1 rack at a used book store the other day.

Credit: ydpl8s

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 26, 2014 - 12:19pm PT
ydpl8s, yes, I read about those holier-than-thous in Fur, Fortune, and Empire,
a history of the fur trade. Those Puritans were worse than the Westboro gang!

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Mar 26, 2014 - 12:27pm PT
Yeah Reilly, when the native tribes would go to war with each other it was all about courage, skill and ego, usually no more than a handful on each side lost their lives.

They were totally disgusted when the Europeans fought with a scorched earth policy of killing every person in a village (women and children) and then burning the homes, people and animals to ash.....toting their bibles for inspiration.

Mar 26, 2014 - 12:34pm PT
few pages into John Dies At The End. I love it so far. Definitely my kind of humor.

gonna finish Snow Crash after it.
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Mar 27, 2014 - 11:35am PT
Just read “Welcome to Paradise, Now Go To hell” by Chaz Smith. The book is a window on professional surfing at its most famous stop on the world tour, Pipeline. Smith does gonzo journalism very well, reminiscent of vintage Hunter Thompson, combined with Johnny Long’s talent for putting the risk sport reader right in the mouth of the lion.

It is fear and loathing on the North Shore, but the fear is not imaginary bats ginned up by a bad drug trip, but the very real risk of being strangled or beaten for failing to show the full measure of respect to the locals.

Pipeline is one of the world's best waves and it is ruled by the world’s worst localism. This has been described occasionally in Outside and elsewhere, but it is usually kept invisible to non-surfers by a code of silence that rivals the mafia’s. Smith lays the whole ugly scene bare and the contrast between the Aloha image and the nasty reality makes for a good read.

At first you are outraged that this sort of lawlessness exists in this day and age, but when Smith explains the context--localism as a form of resistance to Hawaii’s history of brutal colonialism--you feel, almost against your will, some empathy for the violent characters that apparently control Pipeline.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 4, 2014 - 11:23pm PT
The electronic version of All tomorrow's Parties,by William Gibson. I find I actually like reading books on iPads. It's a larger format than the paperbacks I generally frequent.

Social climber
your mom's house
Apr 17, 2014 - 08:30pm PT
weezy and jaybro- read Diamond Age (a young ladies illustrated primer) if you haven't, one of my favorites.


Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Apr 17, 2014 - 08:37pm PT
sully, really? Boooo...
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