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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)

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

Great American Short Stories

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.

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

Soldier of a great war was good too

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


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


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:-)

Trad climber
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.

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"

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.

Big Wall climber
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

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)

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...

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.

Big Wall climber
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

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
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
Ship o gold is incredible. loved that!
Frog Man Junior

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