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Old 09-18-2013, 01:46 AM   #316
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Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World by Lynn Hill and Greg Child is pretty amazing.
Nutz too. And true.
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Hodaka Ace 90. I've been riding these things too long. What can I say? How about that Combat Wombat?

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Old 09-18-2013, 02:43 AM   #317
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:04 AM   #318
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:29 AM   #319
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I saw Fawzia Koofi on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". She is pretty amazing.

I just finished her book "The Favored Daughter". Incredible.

It should be required reading in our schools. It kinda explains how much of the world works, and what has to happen for people to have freedom and justice.

Unfortunately, most humans are selfish assholes, so most won't get freedom and justice.

We live like kings. This book is a reminder of that. Get your kids to read this.

http://www.fawziakoofi.org/
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:39 PM   #320
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If you liked Into Thin Air you must also read:

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The ultimate is "Anapurna"... First 8000 meter peak summited. Ed Visteurs actually recommended it to me in an email exchange.
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:53 PM   #321
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:22 PM   #322
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I should read the Dune series.

I just got done with Ursula LeGuin's -Lavinia-. Instead of her usual sci-fi, she takes a character from classical mythology (Virgil's _Aeneid_ to be specific), Aeneas' wife Lavinia, and fleshes her out. She's also a character who knows herself to be contingent, and that makes for some interesting meta-analysis of her own identity. Virgil comes off as pretty whiny, though. Overall it made me wish that I still had the skills to read the _Aeneid_ in the original Latin. It's so fricking beautiful in the original language.

"Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris
Italiam, fato profugus, Laviniaque venit
litora, multum ille et terris iactatus et alto
vi superum saevae memorem Iunonis ob iram;
multa quoque et bello passus, dum conderet urbem,
inferretque deos Latio, genus unde Latinum,
Albanique patres, atque altae moenia Romae..."
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:15 AM   #323
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Just finishing up John Irving's In One Person. Irving is one of my favorite authors, and while this isn't on par with his best, it's a pretty compelling story.
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I just finished up a couple Neal Stephenson books:





Two great books that are not even remotely like each other. It's actually pretty refreshing because most authors, even if I totally love them, get very repetitive if the write long enough. Can't wait to read more of his work. And no, I have not read Snow Crash!
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:07 AM   #325
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Reading MaddAddam now, the third in in a trilogy by America's Hat native Margaret Atwood.

The first book (Oryx and Crake), was really amazing—I loved it. The second (The Year of the Flood) was pretty good, but didn't quite live up to the first.

I'm interested to see how the whole story arc ends.
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:04 PM   #326
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I just finished up a couple Neal Stephenson books:

Two great books that are not even remotely like each other. It's actually pretty refreshing because most authors, even if I totally love them, get very repetitive if the write long enough. Can't wait to read more of his work. And no, I have not read Snow Crash!


Read Snow Crash! It's not as well written as Quicksilver, but the story is...well there's simply no words that do it justice.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:33 AM   #327
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Finished Enders game. Mainly because movie is coming out soon. Writing felt really amateurish, but the story was interesting.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:25 AM   #328
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Finished Enders game. Mainly because movie is coming out soon. Writing felt really amateurish, but the story was interesting.
Well, I believe it is a kids book/series. Oblique references and double entendres are not par for the course. Though they can be nice easy, wash your mind out, reads. James Patterson's Maximum Ride and Philip Pullman's Amber Spyglass Series are like that. I have not read the Enders Game series though, so I may be talking out my a$$.
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Well, I believe it is a kids book/series. Oblique references and double entendres are not par for the course. Though they can be nice easy, wash your mind out, reads. James Patterson's Maximum Ride and Philip Pullman's Amber Spyglass Series are like that. I have not read the Enders Game series though, so I may be talking out my a$$.
Hmm I think you are right. I just heard sci-fi nerds raving about it as the book to read. Didn't realize it was a kids book. Makes sense thought.

I am thinking of reading "The Game" next. Does that make me an asshole, or a potential one?
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Ender's Game is not a kid's book, altho it got a Scholastic award of some kind. Kids are the primary characters, but the subject matter is not. Similarities to Starship Troopers.
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