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Trusty Rusty

Social climber
Tahoe area
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 7, 2007 - 02:54am PT
"We Die Alone" (David Howarth)
"The Home of the Blizzard" (Douglas Mawson)
"You Owe Yourself a Drunk" (James P. Spradley)
"Chickenhawk" (Robert Mason)
"Dispatches" (Michael Herr)
"Leadership and the New Science" (Margaret J. Wheatley)
"Dracula" (Radu Florescu & Raymond T.McNally)
"Games Climbers Play" (Edited by Ken Wilson)
"Bad Movies We Love" (Edward Margulies-Stephen Rebello)
"Why Rock Climbing Sucks" (A. Toor. . .to be released fall 2019)
spud

climber
Mar 7, 2007 - 09:00am PT
James Michener--anything

Great American Short Stories
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Mar 7, 2007 - 10:07am PT
Just finished "A Soldier of the Great War", a great book. Thanks for the tip, Dingus.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Mar 7, 2007 - 10:32am PT
Shantaram -Gregory David Roberts

Soldier of a great war was good too
Prod

Social climber
Charlevoix, MI
Mar 7, 2007 - 10:55am PT
Justine, a tale of virtue and vice

DeSade

So depraved that you couldn't even spank to it, well I did but most couldn't.

Prod
couchmaster

climber
Mar 7, 2007 - 10:59am PT
"The Rising Sun" Tolman
"The Count of Monte Cristo"
"Pillars of the Earth" Ken Follet
"War and Rememberance" and that whole series by Herman Wouk
Any and all 5 of the Foundation Trilogy by Asimov
The Dune series by Frank herbert.


Any Dirk Pitt novels:-)
dmalloy

Trad climber
eastside
Mar 7, 2007 - 11:05am PT
Another vote for "A Soldier of the Great War" - Mark Helprin I think? Read it in the hospital 12 years ago (appendectomy), but I still remember it pretty well.

"Three Cups of Tea" - Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin - not out in softcover yet (I don't think), but a great story about an ex-mountaineer now dedicated to building schools and other public facilities in villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A good way to think about that part of the world without getting scared or angry.

"Assembling California" - John McPhee - the geology and a lot of the recent history of CA from the Bay to Reno, explained by the finest wordsmith I have had the pleasure to read.
TopRopeGun

Trad climber
Mar 7, 2007 - 11:16am PT
Yo Jaybro! Shantaram FUGGIN RULED! What a story!

"No true Glory"-the true story of the battle for Fallujah
"With the old Breed" JB Sledge (marines at Tarawa)
"Not a good day to die" Sean Naylor(chaos and confusion in the mts Afghanistan)

"Guns Germs and Steel"
"Ishmael"
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Mar 7, 2007 - 11:50am PT
...that whole series by Herman Wouk

The Caine Mutiny is a great read. They did a nice job on the movie, too. One of the great all-time movie scenes is when Fred MacMurray rips the mutineers a new one as they're celebrating their victory at the court-martial. You've spent the whole movie rooting for these guys, then MacMurray's character flips it all around.
Mr.T

Big Wall climber
topanga
Mar 7, 2007 - 01:00pm PT
"Blood Meridian" - Cormac McArthy

Very Intense and Profound
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 7, 2007 - 01:04pm PT
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=278931&msg=278931#msg278931

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=258896&msg=260242#msg260242
David

Trad climber
San Rafael, CA
Mar 7, 2007 - 01:08pm PT
Anything by William Gibson is a must.

for fun "Shadow Divers" is a good read
(read it before Hollywood comes out with the film version)
tmc

Trad climber
slc, ut
Mar 7, 2007 - 01:34pm PT
Shantaram for sure!

Also just started "Charley Wilson's War"
Said to be on par with Shantaram for a wild story. So far so good...
G_Gnome

Boulder climber
Sick Midget Land
Mar 7, 2007 - 02:56pm PT
For SciFi readers, try C. J. Cherryh's The Faded Sun. It's almost as good as Dune.

I don't read books about current situations, it just pisses me off. I read for escape and relaxation and SciFi or Climbing books fit that bill.
Darnell

Big Wall climber
Chicago
Mar 7, 2007 - 03:01pm PT
The USPA Skydivers information manual
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Mar 7, 2007 - 03:09pm PT
"Sleighing Dragons" by Fergus Fleming
paganmonkeyboy

Trad climber
the blighted lands of hatu
Mar 7, 2007 - 03:09pm PT
almost anything by tom robbins is a good read imho...
sci fi - second the gibson (most def...), neal stephenson's snowcrash or the diamond age, vernor vinge's a deepness in the sky was pretty good too, larry niven's ringworld, tales of known space, etc...
travel books are always fun too...

Frog Man Junior

Social climber
CA
Mar 7, 2007 - 03:39pm PT
Gorilla Monsoon John Long.
Weave world- Clive Barker
Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea- Gary Kinder
Ghost Soldiers -Hampton Sides

Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Mar 7, 2007 - 03:43pm PT
froggy,
Ship o gold is incredible. loved that!
Frog Man Junior

Social climber
CA
Mar 7, 2007 - 03:45pm PT
Yeah, that's one of my all time fave's fer sure.
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