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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!
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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

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
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