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Re: What are you reading?

Postby smoove » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:02 am

SchralpTheGnar wrote:I just finished Great Expecatations, it wasn't as good as I thought it would be.


I think you meant to say it wasn't as great as you had expected.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby jsdratm » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:52 am

TallGrass wrote:Just a small prop for public libraries. Suits me as I'm not likely to buy and read a book multiple times, and or those whose "book money" is dibbed for textbooks or gear. Local example for me: Eighth edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills? "Available. Would you like it sent to the branch nearest you?" Sweet! True, that book some may like to buy as reference, but I'm sure each has their own example of one-time-reads. Even if your local one doesn't have a title, ask about Inter-Library Loan. I picked one up recommended here via I-L.L. that came from, of all places, a theological seminary's collection. :shock: You can also search for books via http://www.worldcat.org/.


There is also the American Alpine Club Library in Golden. It is in the lower level of the building with the Bradford-Washburn museum. They have all kinds of guidebooks available and general climbing info.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Point North » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:56 am

Brian Thomas wrote:TeeVee is dumb. TeeVee is for retards. Read more books \:D/


I burned my TeeVee when I was 17. Never had one since.

When I go home, I have supper and then read. Books are great. And if you use your local library, it doesn't cost you a cent.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby J-RockandRockpile » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:26 pm

Point North wrote:
Brian Thomas wrote:TeeVee is dumb. TeeVee is for retards. Read more books \:D/


I burned my TeeVee when I was 17. Never had one since.

When I go home, I have supper and then read. Books are great. And if you use your local library, it doesn't cost you a cent.


T.V. is dumb and watching programs on the History Channel, Nat Geo, Discovery and the Biography channels, where you can actually learn things is WAY stupid.

On a side note half way through Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.... very cerebral.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Dave B » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:47 pm

Point North wrote:
Brian Thomas wrote:TeeVee is dumb. TeeVee is for retards. Read more books \:D/


I burned my TeeVee when I was 17. Never had one since.

When I go home, I have supper and then read. Books are great. And if you use your local library, it doesn't cost you a cent.


I was anti-TV before it was cool.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby DaveSwink » Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:14 pm

Just read Psycho Vertical by Andy Kirkpatrick. The tension in his climbing stories is so intense I would get nauseous..... :shock: and then go back for more! I can't say his risk assessment matrix matches mine but his book is very exciting reading. Sorta like Joe Simpson's books, but with fewer disasters.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Point North » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:51 am

J-RockandRockpile wrote:On a side note half way through Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.... very cerebral.


I loved that book. The professor will expound.

And -- Are you teaching quality today?
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby metalmountain » Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:20 am

"Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West" by Cormac McCarthy is an awesome read I am working through. McCarthy's writing style is awesome, and it makes you slow down and really read the story. He is up there with Faulkner and Kafka for me as favorite authors now I believe.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Gareth » Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:59 am

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby wooderson » Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:04 am

metalmountain wrote:"Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West" by Cormac McCarthy is an awesome read I am working through. McCarthy's writing style is awesome, and it makes you slow down and really read the story. He is up there with Faulkner and Kafka for me as favorite authors now I believe.


That's a great read... once you get used to all the scalpings. Kinda made me sick after a while. But I also really enjoy McCarthy's style.

Speaking of which, I stumbled on this a while ago... "Yelping with Cormac" (i.e., faux Yelp reviews in the style of McCarthy): http://yelpingwithcormac.tumblr.com/
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SurfNTurf » Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:40 am

Just finished a couple books I picked up from the library a few weeks ago:

No Way Down: Life and Death on K2, by Graham Bowley -- Basically Into Thin Air-lite about the 2008 disaster on K2 that killed 11 climbers. Bowley is a non-climber journalist who wasn't on the mountain, and he doesn't make any judgments or point out any lessons the way Krakauer did. It's compelling, well written and extensively researched, but it lacks the "oomph" power of Into Thin Air.

Beyond the Mountain, by Steve House -- Climbing autobiography by one of the greatest American climbers in history. It's a fascinating read, though House is extremely opinionated about ethics.

Now I'm starting Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber, by Mark Twight.

Blood Meridian and The Snow Leopard are both awesome. Among my all-time favorites, and I'm an English nerd. It's been a few years for both...about time for a re-read...
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby VagabondSurveyor » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:04 am

Zenn wrote:Currently reading "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts: So very good.

Other good reads:
Ishamael
The Story of B
Deep Survival: Who lives, who dies and why (awesome)
Tao Te Ching
365 Taoist Meditations (awesome)
Colorado (14er) Disasters
and at random, the DSM IV


I am reading Shantaram as well. Completely agree. Could be my favorite book ever.

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