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Title: Good books
Post by: neiceclimber on April 26, 2012, 02:44:52 pm
Going on a little excursion and was wondering what good books (instant classics) people have read lately?

Where I'm going will be cold, so books about expedition deprivation and freezing temps is not really appealing, i.e. no Shackleton or Simpson stories.

I generally buy used, so late breaking, hot off the press, top 20 books usually are a little harder to come by.
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: Climber57r on April 26, 2012, 03:07:27 pm
Well I have been reading a few different books. But one that comes to mind is Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. An easy read and I found it inspired and motivated me to overcome many obstacles in my life/climbing.  :D but the truth. Enjoy your trip.
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: strandman on April 26, 2012, 05:51:16 pm
Tiger--will scare the shit out of you and very highly rec  the wave,, equal parts surfing and ship sinking
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: gaiagirl on April 26, 2012, 06:11:43 pm
If you haven't read A Walk in the Woods, you must.  If you've read it 6 times, you need to go for 7  ;D.  Beyond the outdoors theme, it's simply one of the funniest books I've ever read .... and I like to laugh.  For something completely unrealted to climbing and outdoor pursuits, try anything by Carl Hiaasen --- Sick Puppy and Nature Girl are 2 of his best IMHO.  His novels are insane roller-coaster rides of weirdness, good and evil.  You'll thank me later  :)

For non-fiction, try The Devil's Teeth.  I won't try to describe it here; I'm guessing the title alone is enough of a hook. 
Enjoy!
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: eyebolter on April 26, 2012, 07:27:04 pm
I liked Way of the Peaceful Warrior as well.  Carols Castaneda's books pre-date his, and IMHO are much better.  Start with "Journey to Ixtlan."

But then I would also recommend "1984,"  "Animal Farm," "Brave New World," "Shadows of Power: the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline," and "A People's History of the United States."

If you are looking for a light read, I recommend the Hunger Games.  Get the second and third books, because every single person I know who has read the first book has read all three.

Title: Re: Good books
Post by: sneoh on April 26, 2012, 07:45:17 pm
Bill Bryson's books are witty and insightful.
Sample Paul Theroux's books if you like 'travel adventure'.

The older classics are probably too heavy when you are in the mountains.
1984 and Animal Farms are classics, not too heavy, and a must if you have not read them.
Ditto for Catch 22.

Are you looking for fiction or non?
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: JChepes on April 26, 2012, 07:52:58 pm
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  Best sci-fi of the decade if your into that sort of thing.
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: M_Sprague on April 26, 2012, 08:40:55 pm
Any of those collections of short stories by "Anonymous" ..lots of bottom spanking etc. You may want to warn your tentmates in case you end up with an extra tent pole, lol. 

I haven't gotten past the "A" section of authors in the book store yet, so I can't help you with others.
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: xcrag_corex on April 26, 2012, 10:05:14 pm
The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City by Jennifer Toth . awesome read. see how "the other side" live..... come to think of it i am closer to that side :-[ ... hahaha any how its a good one.
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: strandman on April 28, 2012, 12:02:26 pm
i your into music, i just finished "the wrecking crew'   maybe the greatest, least known session musicians ever. Just amazing stuff. Also "backstage pass"  about the promoter who among other things booked hendrix, janis Joplin and the Doors in one weekend. Also the U2 Red Rocks show and Led Zep's first US gig
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: apbt1976 on April 28, 2012, 01:39:19 pm
i your into music, i just finished "the wrecking crew'   maybe the greatest, least known session musicians ever. Just amazing stuff. Also "backstage pass"  about the promoter who among other things booked hendrix, janis Joplin and the Doors in one weekend. Also the U2 Red Rocks show and Led Zep's first US gig

Who was that?

The promoter......
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: strandman on April 28, 2012, 02:01:40 pm
Barry Fey
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: Admin Al on April 28, 2012, 03:47:27 pm
Wrecking Crew is a great read. that said apparently Carole Kaye, the bass player, disagrees with a lot of the stuff in there. apparently lots of the info came from Hal Blaine, the drummer. I'm very interested in the movie, whenever it makes it out.
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: JakeDatc on April 28, 2012, 06:17:13 pm
Walk in the woods is a quick easy read but i've heard that AWOL on the appalachian trail   and   Barefoot Sisters   are better AT books.    haven't had a chance to get them yet though. 

Al,   have you read  Roadie  http://www.amazon.com/Roadie-Misunderstood-World-Bike-Racer/dp/1934030171    it is pretty good. 
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: Admin Al on April 29, 2012, 12:46:11 am
Al,   have you read  Roadie  http://www.amazon.com/Roadie-Misunderstood-World-Bike-Racer/dp/1934030171    it is pretty good. 

have not read it Jake, I'll check it out..  thanks
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: DWT on April 29, 2012, 09:56:52 pm
Good Morning Midnight by Chip Brown
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: pitonpat on May 02, 2012, 08:32:44 pm
Fiction?  Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: DWT on May 03, 2012, 06:32:20 pm
If you haven't read A Walk in the Woods, you must.  If you've read it 6 times, you need to go for 7  ;D.  Beyond the outdoors theme, it's simply one of the funniest books I've ever read .... and I like to laugh.  For something completely unrealted to climbing and outdoor pursuits, try anything by Carl Hiaasen --- Sick Puppy and Nature Girl are 2 of his best IMHO.  His novels are insane roller-coaster rides of weirdness, good and evil.  You'll thank me later  :)

For non-fiction, try The Devil's Teeth.  I won't try to describe it here; I'm guessing the title alone is enough of a hook. 
Enjoy!
  I picked up A walk in the Woods.  Loved it.
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: eyebolter on May 03, 2012, 07:52:22 pm
Fiction?  Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese

Great book, but there just isn't any "there" there.  Not a book you will think about in 20 years.
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: Admin Al on May 04, 2012, 12:02:06 am
if you're interested in music, I suggest A Life In Music by Ben Sidran. Ben is a great piano player who was the piano player in the original Steve Miller band and he wrote The Joker. he plays great jazz and has been around forever. his son is also a good drummer. here's a great tune from YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzwqeX6JsvE
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: old_school on May 04, 2012, 10:22:16 am
If you haven't read A Walk in the Woods, you must.  If you've read it 6 times, you need to go for 7  ;D.  Beyond the outdoors theme, it's simply one of the funniest books I've ever read .... and I like to laugh.

+1
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: sneoh on May 04, 2012, 11:25:56 am
I looked through our collection and here are a few more -
- Lord of The Flies, A Clock Work Orange,
- The Grapes of Wrath,
- several by Gabriel García Márquez if you like this genre
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: MAmedic on May 10, 2012, 12:07:15 am
The Rum Diarys. Actually anything by Hunter S Thompson would work
Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy and the ensuing sequels
The Portable Beat Reader has a good collection of stories and excerpts from Kerouac, Ginsburg, Kesey, and the like
Kurt Vonnegut also makes for a good read
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: Joe_Re on May 12, 2012, 08:07:06 am
I seem to remember Bunnicula being a good read.  That was about 25 years ago though.
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: tradchick on May 12, 2012, 05:04:13 pm
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson.  A true story about these dudes that discover a German u boat off the jersey coast.

Makes climbing without a helmet seem like a walk in the park.
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: Admin Al on May 12, 2012, 09:12:50 pm
I seem to remember Bunnicula being a good read.  That was about 25 years ago though.

was that the last thing you read? [wry grin]

sorry but I had no choice...
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: DGoguen on May 13, 2012, 07:26:52 pm
And a Bottle of Rum, A history of the new world in ten cocktails, by Wayne Curtis. 2006
Brings together two of my favorites, History and Cocktails.
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: DWT on May 30, 2012, 10:31:09 pm
Kiss or Kill Confessions of a Serial Climber by Mark Twight.  That will get you jacked up.
Title: Re: Good books
Post by: neiceclimber on May 31, 2012, 12:34:29 pm
Ended up reading "Papillon" and "The Whale and the Super Computer," both good reads.