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Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 6, 2014 - 12:30pm PT
I rarely read only one book.

The Desert Fox by David Irving. Despite turning into a Holocaust denier
Irving's bio seems totally free of his late looniness and is very impartial
to the point that Rommel comes under fire for his enfatuation with Der Fuhrer.

The War for all the Oceans by Roy and Lesley Adkins. The Napoleonic Wars
were won on the high seas. Waterloo was a mopping up operation.

The Russian Mind by Ronald Hingley. What with the current insanity I've
dragged out this seminal work from my university days by the Emeritus Fellow at Oxford.
You do know that Nihilism was and is a Russian creation?


Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Mar 6, 2014 - 12:33pm PT
Telex From Cuba - Rachel Kushner
The Glowering Sailor

Mt. Humphreys
Mar 6, 2014 - 12:53pm PT
Have read two I'd strongly recommend this week:

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, a tragic novel about three soldiers unraveling during the Iraq War. Beautifully written and moving.

Thanks for reminding me about this. I bought it not long after it came out and haven't gotten to it yet.

Elcapinyoazz, them's fightin' words 'round here, wut wif the paranoiacs, wingnuts, and various other trailer park critters who call this place home.

Good reading the both of yiz.

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Mar 6, 2014 - 01:17pm PT
just finished Hawkeye: my life as a weapon (Marvel comics) not sure if there are any comic fans out there....bygones if not.

now reading Ed Abbey's "Down the River"...prolly already read by most. As it should be.

Abbey quoted Thoreau in the first essay of that book, a line that has stuck with me today - "Goodness is the only investment that will never fail"
David Knopp

Trad climber
Mar 7, 2014 - 12:47am PT
Good Lord Bird
by James Macbride

Funniest book about slavery and John Brown, more metaphors than you can stand, ultimately moving as well. My top recommended book this year. So far that is!

Social climber
Mar 7, 2014 - 01:04am PT
by Cheryl Strayed

San Jose, CA
Mar 7, 2014 - 02:17am PT
just finished Hawkeye: my life as a weapon (Marvel comics) not sure if there are any comic fans out there....bygones if not.

Yeah I've never read Hawkeye before but picked up the new series because of all the acclaim it's been getting. Smart writing by Matt Fraction and incredible art by David Aja. Definitely one of the best comics of 2013, right up there with Saga.

Anyways, I made it one of my new years resolutions to read 2 books a month in 2014.

In Jan I read "The Last Gasp" by Scott Christianson which is a history of the American gas chamber and also includes some chapters about the invention of lethal gas in WW1 and use by the Nazis in WW2. And also read "Anticipations" by HG Wells, which is available for free

Now for Feb I've finished "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris which was pretty interesting and well argued. It was written in the post 9/11 atmosphere and so now some of the anti-terrorism rhetoric feels a bit dated, but it's still worth a read. And I also just got done with HG Wells' follow-up to Anticipations which is Mankind in the Making, also available online

For March I'm currently reading "Escape from Camp 14" by Blaine Harden which recounts the true story of Shin Dong-hyuk's life and escape from a North Korean labor camp. Also started Origin of Species by Darwin, which is slightly laborious but I think prove worthwhile.
Mark Sensenbach

Mar 7, 2014 - 05:31am PT
Credit: Mark Sensenbach

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Mar 7, 2014 - 07:26am PT
A wonderful read. An incredible piece of work.
Credit: steveA
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Mar 7, 2014 - 01:52pm PT
I got inspired to write up a review of Peter Stark's Astoria, which I thought was pretty excellent.

My review of Peter Stark's Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire.

There are a few references to climbing in the book, which makes me think that Stark is probably a climber. Does anybody know if he lurks here among us?
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Mar 9, 2014 - 03:59pm PT
Finshed Victory Season: The End of World War Ii and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age by Robert Weintraub yesterday.

It's the story of the 1946 baseball season, with the real major leaguers just returned from overseas, and apart from a few "fingers on the chalkboard" factual errors pertaining to WWII events, it's pretty good. (Weintraub's primarily a sportswriter, so I'm prepared to forgive him.)

Jackie Robinson breaking the AAA color line with the Montreal Royals; the Dodgers/Cardinals dead heat and three-game playfoff for the NL pennant; the Cardinals/Red Sox world series that the Sox lost in 7, beginning decades of heartbreak. Good stuff.

Is it opening day yet?
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Mar 9, 2014 - 06:35pm PT
There's been a plethora of books on psychopaths/sociopaths in recent years. Most of these books try to address a perceived need out there by ordinary individuals to identify these types of personality disorders in their families or in the workplace.
This book is a sort of inexpensive manual that helps to achieve those aims in a brief and uncomplicated way as a type of field guide to the identification of these destructive personalities.

Credit: Ward Trotter

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Mar 9, 2014 - 10:56pm PT

The subtitle on that is AWESOME! "How do you keep these crazy MFs out of your life"

Is that for real? Guess I'm off to amazon to see.

Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Mar 11, 2014 - 06:05pm PT
I really enjoyed my first Moore novel "A Dirty Job" so I thought I'd look into his older works. Total escapism when you just want a time out.
I'm digging it.

Credit: pud

It's impossible to describe a Christopher Moore novel. The word indescribable was especially coined so that it could be used to describe Christopher Moore novels. Suffice it to say that the novel is extremely sick, extremely funny and extremely extreme. I loved it.

-Alan Robson

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 11, 2014 - 06:56pm PT
Reading this again. "Here and now..."

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

Trad climber
Mar 15, 2014 - 08:21pm PT
Anton Chekhov's The Duel. Almost finished.

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
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