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Old 05-21-2013, 02:56 PM   #16636
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Reading Wen Spencer's latest Eight Million Gods. Reading the description for the book, I was only mildly interested, but as usual her writing has captured me and I'm trying to find 5 minute slots in my day to steal time to read. Recommended.
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:57 PM   #16637
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Finished Into Thin Air:
For me this book was both good and not so good. The hardships the climber subjects themselves to are nothing but mind boggling. I'm not a climber and didn't recognize many names, the exception being Göran Kropp but only because he's from Sweden. There's a lot of persons being mentioned in the book, and it doesn't help when the author switches between family names and first names.

Besides all the names it's a glimpse into the world of the climbing elite and what they're willing to subject themselves to to reach there goals (in this case the top of Mount Everest).
That looks interesting, even though there appears to be a bit of controversy surrounding the book. From Wikipedia:
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Krakauer's recounting of certain aspects of the ill-fated climb has generated considerable criticism, both from the climb's participants and from renowned mountaineers such as Galen Rowell. Much of the disputed material centers on Krakauer's accounting of the actions of Russian climber and guide Anatoli Boukreev. An experienced high-altitude climber and guide for Scott Fischer, Boukreev descended the summit prior to his clients, ostensibly out of concern for their safety and in preparation for potential rescue efforts. Boukreev later mounted repeated solo rescue efforts, saving several lives. In his book, Krakauer acknowledged Boukreev's heroism in saving two climbers' lives, but questions his judgment, however, for his decision to descend before clients, for not using supplementary oxygen, for his choices of gear on the mountain, and for his interaction with clients. Boukreev provides a rebuttal to these allegations in his book, The Climb. All of the clients Boukreev guided on the mountain made it back safely, while Krakauer's expedition mates suffered injury or death.[citation needed]

Galen Rowell criticized Krakauer's account, citing numerous inconsistencies in his narrative while observing that Krakauer was sleeping in his tent while Boukreev was rescuing other climbers. Rowell argued that Boukreev's actions were nothing short of heroic, and his judgment prescient. “...[Boukreev] foresaw problems with clients nearing camp, noted five other guides on the peak Everest, and positioned himself to be rested and hydrated enough to respond to an emergency. His heroism was not a fluke."[citation needed]

The account has also been criticized for not informing the reader that the team were receiving accurate daily weather forecasts and knew about the storm in advance.[4]

In Krakauer's most recent edition[when?] of Into Thin Air, he addresses his critics in a lengthy postscript.[citation needed]
I've downloaded a sample for future consideration.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:06 PM   #16638
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I found the book both terrifying and illuminating, and if there had ever been even a part of me that thought about climbing, this cured it! But a compelling read.
For me it became clear reading this book that elite climbers have a different drive than us mere mortals. To willingly subject oneself to the kinds of hardships they endure and keep pushing is not something the average person would even consider.

They definitely seem to have a much higher tolerance for pain. A tenacity and perseverance that most people doesn't come close to.

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Old 05-21-2013, 03:21 PM   #16639
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I think I migh have ordered the same boxet as you have Glad you like it. I'm planning on starting with Pride and Prejudice.
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I second that!

Note for Joy736, some Kate Chopin's work can be found on Project Gutenberg.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:54 PM   #16640
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Next is the highly rated Open Season by C.J. Box.
I learned what a day in the life of a Game Warden entails that's for sure. Also, the general independent, suspicious leave-me-alone portrayal of rural Wyoming residents and hunters was evident throughout the book. I don't know if it is accurate or not. The mystery part was fairly obvious but the author's experience in ranching, hunting and the environmental concerns in Wyoming did add to the overall pleasant informative book. Rated C- [2 stars].

Next read undecided.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:56 PM   #16641
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Reading Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. I'm over half-way through, and it's a brutal book, but beautifully written. I have never read an author so poetically describe a decapitation...
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:34 PM   #16642
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Tom -- This Kindle version includes the postscript. Into Thin Air.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:30 PM   #16643
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:38 PM   #16644
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I found the book both terrifying and illuminating, and if there had ever been even a part of me that thought about climbing, this cured it! But a compelling read.
In my younger days I was an avid climber. This book became 'required reading' for all of us. But I never had the urge to climb Everest. I don't know why. Back then, it was a 2-week trek just to reach Base Camp, and I spent five days camped there, just looking at the approach to climb. (You can't see the summit from Base Camp.) These days you can fly in, and people go there as a sightseeing day trip. But the book sure hit home about the courage and determination of Everest climbers. It was real...

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Old 05-21-2013, 09:51 PM   #16645
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For me it became clear reading this book that elite climbers have a different drive than us mere mortals. To willingly subject oneself to the kinds of hardships they endure and keep pushing is not something the average person would even consider.

They definitely seem to have a much higher tolerance for pain. A tenacity and perseverance that most people doesn't come close to.
There are other possible explanations.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:17 PM   #16646
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:03 AM   #16647
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In my younger days I was an avid climber. This book became 'required reading' for all of us. But I never had the urge to climb Everest. I don't know why. Back then, it was a 2-week trek just to reach Base Camp, and I spent five days camped there, just looking at the approach to climb. (You can't see the summit from Base Camp.) These days you can fly in, and people go there as a sightseeing day trip. But the book sure hit home about the courage and determination of Everest climbers. It was real...

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Was it easier to relate to all the persons/names in the book as a climber? I couldn't really relate other than what was mentioned in the book.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:19 AM   #16648
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Reading Wen Spencer's latest Eight Million Gods. Reading the description for the book, I was only mildly interested, but as usual her writing has captured me and I'm trying to find 5 minute slots in my day to steal time to read. Recommended.
I'll pop it to the top of my list. I agree that her writing is excellent.
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I am currently reading Soulless by Gail Carriger. I'm having a bit of trouble getting into it, but I will keep going as it seems like something I'd like. Since I like the vampire, supernatural type of thing. I guess we'll see how it goes!
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I am currently reading Soulless by Gail Carriger. I'm having a bit of trouble getting into it, but I will keep going as it seems like something I'd like. Since I like the vampire, supernatural type of thing. I guess we'll see how it goes!
That is a great series! Stick with it, I think you'll be rewarded.
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