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Re: What are you reading?

Postby druid2112 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:04 am

Alone on the Ice by David Roberts, about Mawson's Antarctic expeditions. Makes me pretty happy to have goretex and thinsulate and the northface and patagonia and proper goggles and....
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby 12ersRule » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:01 am

Yay for Muppet avatars! ^

Haven't read anything mountain related lately. Read both new Follett books from the Century trilogy: "Fall of Giants" and "Winter of the World". Both are pretty decent fictional histories and give some insights into the first half of the 20th century.

Started on "Doctor Sleep" by Stephen King, so far so good.

Read an awful political book, I always seem to regret those, whether or not they agree with my worldview or not.

I guess I should read "From Good to Great" which I received at work and everyone was supposed to read. Of course, it really doesn't apply to our company because our company is just "meh" at best.

Keep the mountaineering recommendations coming! I haven't read a good adventure book in a while. All time favorite is "Endurance" by Lansing about Shackleton's amazing self rescue.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Wish I lived in CO » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:11 pm

Touch the top of the World, Erik Weihenmayer
Just started it, good so far
I look up to the mountains - does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! Psalm 121:1-2

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby druid2112 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:59 pm

12ersRule wrote:Yay for Muppet avatars! <br> All time favorite is "Endurance" by Lansing about Shackleton's amazing self rescue.


Yay for the Shackleton book, that is also my favorite.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby jsdratm » Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:36 pm

Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean by Adrian Tinniswood

This book is pretty interesting since you normally only think of the pirates in the Caribbean, not the pirates in the Mediterranean

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Hungry Jack » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:49 pm

One could craft a pretty interesting debate about which survival story is most impressive: Shackleton, the Corps of Discovery, or Powell's first descent of the Grand Canyon (well chronicled in Down the Great Unknown).
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Oman » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:52 pm

The Son by Philipp Meyer = Lonesome Dove + All the Pretty Horses + English Creek. Four generations of a Texas ranch family linked by violence. A page-turner that makes you think.

Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides. Kit Carson and the Indian wars of the American Southwest.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomenae by Anthony Marra. A surgeon and her sister try to save an orphan during the Chechnya Civil War. Fantastic writing by a 28-year-old author.

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. National Book Award-winning account of the Dust Bowl in CO, OK, and TX. We live soft lives today.

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. One of the few times the movie has been better than the book (especially the second part). Is there any straight teenage or 20-something boy who can resist Jennifer Lawrence?

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Oman » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:00 pm

Hungry Jack wrote:One could craft a pretty interesting debate about which survival story is most impressive: Shackleton, the Corps of Discovery, or Powell's first descent of the Grand Canyon (well chronicled in Into the Great Unknown).


Also, check out Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King. Twelve shipwrecked U.S. sailors are taken as slaves by Bedouins in the Sahara Desert. Supposedly the original account of this story is what turned Abraham Lincoln against slavery on moral grounds.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Hungry Jack » Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:00 pm

Thanks for the tip.

I should also throw in the incredible story of Cabeza de Vaca, though he would have died without help from the natives.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Point North » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:59 pm

Currently reading The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, by Frederick Taylor. Very well written account of the events leading up to the division of Berlin to stop East Berliners from crossing into West Berlin (and then on to West Germany). A real page-turner. It prompted me to order from the library:

Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis, by Robert F. Kennedy.

Also, recently read When I Was A F**king Mormon Missionary, by Bailey Jones. Am currently reading her first book, When I Was A F**king Mormon. Two books by a bright girl who just couldn't swallow it all.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SkaredShtles » Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:56 pm

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby foxbox » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:56 pm

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

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