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Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 18, 2014 - 12:04am PT
Sully, GGM said he didn't think he had much of an imagination. BwaHaHaHaHa!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 18, 2014 - 01:17am PT
Tell that to the drowned man with the enormous wings...

Thanks Portent, read it a while back, fascinating!

Social climber
your mom's house
Apr 18, 2014 - 02:45am PT
Also, since you are Gibson fans... Check out Richard K Morgan The Takeshi Kovacs Novels and Market Forces.

Good stuff. The 1st Kovacs novel is very detective Noir... :) :)


Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Apr 18, 2014 - 12:21pm PT
The Spinoza Problem
I'm reading this fascinating book now. Historical fiction of 2 different men, one Spinoza, a great 17th century thinker, and secondly Alfred Rosenberg, who was one of Hitler's architects of the Jewish solution. Rosenberg is torn by the fact that Spinoza is held aloft by Goethe and other "Aryan" authors Rosenberg holds in esteem. But, Spinoza is "blood Jew" and Rosenberg can't quite get his head around that. Hence, The Spinoza Problem

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Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
May 19, 2014 - 12:39am PT
Just finished David McCullough's The Great Bridge, about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, which I enjoyed.

Currently a hundred pages into Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts, which looks to be a great book.

And I second Portent's reccy of the Richard Morgan sci fi books.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
May 19, 2014 - 02:24am PT
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For anyone interested in some of the profound changes stemming from many of the resulting economics and cultural effects of the digital network age ,and the possible humanist solutions to a few probably very difficult and problematic outcomes in our collective future.

Trad climber
Nevada City
May 19, 2014 - 02:58am PT
Finally finishing The Sirens of Titan ( a classic Vonnegut ). I had picked it up and read the first few pages several times over the years but for whatever reason never finished it. So glad I finally did. That dudes prose has a certain swagger, and is quite enjoyable to digest, for me.

Trad climber
Bay Area
May 19, 2014 - 02:30pm PT
Seven Years In Tibet
For the second time. Fascinating and somewhat sad look into the past.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
May 20, 2014 - 10:03am PT
Operation Paperclip by Annie Jacobsen.

I reviewed it here.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 18, 2014 - 04:32am PT
A book of the apocalypse known as "The Crunch."
Published in 2011.
Published in 2011.
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Author's introductory note: Unlike most novel sequels, the story-line of Survivors is contemporaneous with the events described in my previously published novel, Patriots. thus there is no need to read it first (or subsequently), but you'll likely find it entertaining.
Deo Volente, another contemporaneous novel in this series will be published next year. check my blog,, for updates.

Also, I have been checking out this study guide which belonged to my mother, and have her five different bibles here to look at as well. The nice thing about this study guide is that Mom filled in the answers and it is "a caution" to read some of her comments!
Hey there say, neebee, some " Cliff Notes" on the Bible!
Hey there say, neebee, some " Cliff Notes" on the Bible!
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Social climber
Elk Grove, CA
Jun 18, 2014 - 05:02am PT
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
Predicts the possibilities and developments of future Star Trek type technologies based upon known science and research being done by today's scientists. Force fields, light speed travel, wormholes, transporters, telepathy, telekinesis, time travel, and more.
Another book by this author I found interesting was Physics of the Future.
Also Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos.
sandstone conglomerate

sharon conglomerate central
Jun 18, 2014 - 07:34am PT
1491, by Charles C. Mann. Smallpox is a hell of a thing.

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jun 18, 2014 - 08:46am PT
Just finished The Northland Trilogy by Stephen Baxter.
Just starting Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds.

lost, far away from Poland
Jun 18, 2014 - 08:51am PT
SuperTopo by CMac.



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lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
Jun 18, 2014 - 09:00am PT
Savage Harvest
Carl Hoffman

A tale of the search for clues regarding the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea 1961. He was presumed to be eaten by cannibals.

Jay Wood

Trad climber
Land of God-less fools
Jun 18, 2014 - 09:31am PT
The current mix. This was the fourth Michael Gruber novel- excellent.

Credit: Jay Wood

Social climber
Jun 18, 2014 - 11:29am PT
Recently finished "Harvest of Rage" by local Boulderite Joel Dyer (who was a climbing photographer, back in the day, now runs the Boulder Weekly newspaper). Excellent book.

Explores the roots of the US militia movement. The great impetus was the farm crisis of the 1980s. Amongst all the other things that were going on at the time, I was never aware of the trauma and hurt that ensued from this sad story, when thousands of farmers were foreclosed on, forced into poverty. The actions of the federal government were woefully tone-deaf; too little, too late. Was easy for some folks to twist the whole episode into some kind of conspiracy theory which centered around the US government being taken over by others. Which, if accepted as truth allows (requires?) real patriots to actually fight against their own government.

In-depth interview with militia members attempt to understand where they come from, what drives them. There is sympathy for the people caught up in this, none for the crazy ideas they have. Dyer explains how some of the main conspiracy theories work and how, if looked at with any skepticism, they contradict each other and fall apart. He contends that the main blame for the severity of the farm crisis (and ongoing pressures on small farmers and ranchers) comes not from the government but from the the greed of the half-dozen huge corporations like Cargill, Archer-Midland, etc, who run, cartel-like, the modern US farming industry.

A bit dated, written after the Oklahoma City bombing but pre 2000 and the end-of-the-millennium fears. But as relevant today as 20 years ago.

I learned a lot. Should be essential reading for anyone wanting to understand more about Cliven Bundy and his supporters.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 18, 2014 - 01:52pm PT
I just finished a biography of Jim Thorpe, "America's greatest athlete," (not the books title).

Very interesting, not all happy times though. Still tough to be an American Indian in the early 20th century.

I just started "The Monuments Men." It's about the small posse of Americans and Brits saving art of all types at the end of WWII. Saw the movie of the same name a few weeks ago.

Westminster Colorado
Jun 18, 2014 - 06:34pm PT
Just finished Stephen Kings Mr. Mercedes. Give it a chance. The characters are palpable. King is the master of character development, dialogue and syntax.

A psycho serial killer steals a Mercedes and plows into a group of desperate people lined up for a job fare killing eight and injuring many. That is how it opens. It is vague in classic King style then it flips back can forth for awhile between the retired detective who never captured him and Mr Mercedes who taunts the old school dude on the internet via an invitation chat room. The detective has a best and only friend who is an African American senior who takes care of his lawn and is computer literate and is key to helps pull the whole thing off. Enter the daughter of the woman who owns the Mercedes. Detective falls in love. Gets a renewed psych and goes after the Mercedes killer without letting his pre retirement partner know. Itís all cool until the sh!t hits the fan when Ret Detective ignores the internet taunts and the Mercedes Killer feels he is closing in. Fricken Classic King for sure.

King. Love him or hate himÖ he can tell a story.


Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jun 18, 2014 - 07:13pm PT
Maybe you people are obscure literary aficionados I would gather. Do you really think you people think you're smarter with listing these books?

For fiction I dig old-school sci-fi. Bradbury, Heinlein, and Asimov. Also Hemingway and Steinbeck. I guess I'm a classicist.

Non-fiction i read now is conservative Constitutionalism.
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