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Brokedownclimber

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

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.

Rodger

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

climber
Yosemite
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.
Eclipze

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.
Gal

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

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
Gary

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.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jan 4, 2014 - 02:39pm PT
Dead Mountain, by Donnie Eichar.

My review of it, "Siberian Death Trip," is in today's Wall Street Journal, bottom of page C8.

(I've got to link you through a google search in the hopes of avoiding the WSJ paywall. If you get caught by the paywall, doing your own search should circumvent it.)

There are two major threads of interest to climbers in the book, which I enjoyed:

The totalitarian control of the Soviet Union, which even reached down into local adventure clubs. Could you imagine having to deal with such bureaucracy in order to get your various adventure certifications? Reminds me of what caused the Vulgarian revolt in the Gunks, only much, much worse.

And Eichar's conclusion about what caused the deaths--"infrasound," induced by "tornadic vortices" caused by strong wind whipping around the sides of the mountain. Which description sounded a lot like "the Patagonian Organs" to me, and although those aural effects are pretty darn scary, I find it hard to imagine that it drove the 9 dead Russians simultaneously out of their minds.
paganmonkeyboy

climber
mars...it's near nevada...
Jan 4, 2014 - 04:09pm PT
I am alternating between midget-on-horse porn and the King James Bible at the moment...they compliment each other quite nicely...
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 4, 2014 - 04:21pm PT
"Happy City" by Charles Montgomery.

FASCINATING READ ! It's a non-fictional work studying human happiness in the urban context and what we can do to improve the quality of our lives.

Montgomery is a thorough researcher and a really good writer.

I bought the book at the book launch at the Museum of Vancouver and it was awesome !
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jan 4, 2014 - 04:42pm PT
Credit: pud
hairyapeman

Trad climber
Fres-yes
Jan 4, 2014 - 04:44pm PT
Credit: hairyapeman

The second book in the Common wealth Saga (Sci-Fi). An awesome read!
crunch

Social climber
CO
Jan 4, 2014 - 05:18pm PT
There are two major threads of interest to climbers in the book, which I enjoyed:

The totalitarian control of the Soviet Union, which even reached down into local adventure clubs. Could you imagine having to deal with such bureaucracy in order to get your various adventure certifications? Reminds me of what caused the Vulgarian revolt in the Gunks, only much, much worse.

Hey Gregory Crouch, that sounds like the premise behind Bernadette McDonald's Freedom Climbers for the climbers in Poland, while under Soviet control.

She suggests that,

one, the most ruthless, organized and determined mountaineers dealt best with the bureaucracy, thereby self-selecting Himalayan climbers who were well suited to thriving in hideously adverse conditions;

and two, the bureaucracy itself, once it realized it had a world-class, elite group of climbers, saw them as an asset/propaganda tool. It quietly encouraged, supported and helped them. This became a delicate balancing act of a relationship with mutual distrust, even hatred, but also mutual need.

Cool read.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jan 4, 2014 - 05:29pm PT
Crunch, I think that's right for the elites, but for every handful of them, there were boatloads of people like most of us, who weren't. I bet it sucked to be told what you could and couldn't do and be told how to do it for the vast majority of "weekenders."

Although I'm equally sure that those weekenders drew a lot of solace from outdoor adventure amidst the regulation, too.

Or maybe they were so used to the subjugation that it was accepted as normal?

I found those threads to be pretty interesting in Dead Mountain.
sullly

Trad climber
Jan 25, 2014 - 11:07am PT
The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol. "Yer gonna die" in lengthy paragraphs. Great stuff!
this just in

climber
north fork
Jan 25, 2014 - 11:15am PT
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jan 25, 2014 - 11:23am PT
I just finished Brendan Leonard's The New American Road Trip Mix Tape and feel it's worth suggesting. Especially to the BBST readers here.

cf. http://semi-rad.com/2013/12/the-new-american-road-trip-mixtape-available-now/


sullly

Trad climber
Feb 1, 2014 - 05:31pm PT
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev. Nihilists vs. Romanticist Pushkin enthusiasts. One hundred pages in with nihilists losing, all due to a fetching, educated woman. Yes!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 1, 2014 - 05:45pm PT
A Life of Phillip K Dick. Yesterday I worked through the collected Crumb Volume II


A genius, that Turgenev - Diary of a Superflous Man - how post existential is that?
Diary of a madman, might be more applicable to climbers - Google Gogol - okay so I had to set that up to use that phrase, but, I, like it!

And while we're talking the Russians.. Sorta...what about
Chekhov? and through him, the various medical school graduates who became novelists? Seems like a weighty path, to me, having been married to a physician. Chekhov, Michael Crichton and robin cook were actual md's who had a 'literary' second career take off on them but Somerset Maugham, Gertrude Stein, and whomever I am forgetting, studied medicine, and then went in another direction, which I find fascinating! Then of course, there are Oliver Sacks, sr Close, et al who found the material of their practice, to be the muse for their words....
sullly

Trad climber
Feb 1, 2014 - 05:54pm PT
Jaybro, now I totally see why you studied Russian lit.. I'm taking a class in 19 century Rus. lit. and the titles are fantastic. We covered Gogol last week with "The Nose," "Overcoat," and "Diary of a Madman."

I started seeing Magical Realism aspects in some of the works. It's just the Russian stuff is about three shades darker. I think Gabriel Garcia Marquez would have been fine friends with these fellows.
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