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Reilly

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!
ydpl8s

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.
weezy

climber
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

climber
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.

Jaybro

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.
sullly

Trad climber
Apr 17, 2014 - 08:25pm PT
RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Long live Magical Realism.
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portent

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.

Michelle

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

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!
Jaybro

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!
portent

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... :) :)

ydpl8s

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

spinoza
spinoza
Credit: ydpl8s
sullly

Trad climber
Apr 18, 2014 - 12:51pm PT
Ydpl18s, sounds like a good one. A short story you might like is "The Spinoza of Market Street" by Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer.
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
Credit: Ward Trotter

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.
kaholatingtong

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.
HighTraverse

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.
Credit: mouse from merced
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, www.SurvivalBlog.com, 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!
Credit: mouse from merced
Bushman

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.
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