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PostMon Sep 27, 2021 7:45 pm 
This book has a copyright of 1950 and brings the reader into the mindset during that era. It has entertainment value now. You can just “dust yourself off” if it happens to you.

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PostTue Sep 28, 2021 8:08 am 
wow Mike...colorful eye catching cover.

I'm reading The Arbornaut by Meg Lowman....a good read about tree top environments and how they are being explored and studied.   cool.gif

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PostWed Sep 29, 2021 5:57 pm 
And now for something completely different.

Just finished Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones, by Paul Trynka. Between the book, diving into Wikipedia about the various characters that appear in the book (good Lord, there were a lot of women in his life - he fathered two kids while still a teen in school), YouTubing the various stuff mentioned by the early days of the Stones and the black American artists that inspired Jones - I spent over 2 weeks on the book.

What a whirlwind. That poor guy never had a chance at life; his parents didn't seem very excited to have Brian in their lives, so his problems started early.

YouTube their earliest charted recordings:  “Come On,” (barely made the chart) and later, much farther up the chart,  “Little Red Rooster,” (popular for bands to cover; though Sam Cooke’s version is better (teenager Billy Preston on the keyboard). In the Little Red Rooster video of a performance for the Brit show, "Ready Steady Go," it's clear that Jagger had already learned to perform that “come hither” look at the camera that drove the girls wild.

Now I'm reading about the mod scene in Britain - I picked up a book from the library that I saw listed in a footnote in the Jones book  about the Small Faces being mod leaders (Small Faces are among my favorite of those days - Jesus, that voice; and poor Ronnie Lane [RIP]). "Face" was a word used for people of influence - early mods; the cool kids. And the members of the Small Faces being short (I think the tallest was under 5'8"), they called themselves the Small Faces.

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PostFri Nov 05, 2021 8:23 pm 
Read Joe Simpson’s book, into the void a while
back and now reading his book, the beckoning silence. Very good books, I really like his writing style, flows nicely and keeps your attention and with a bit of humor mixed in as well.

north face of the eiger
north face of the eiger

Also picked up at the library, 2015 accidents in North American mountaineering and while scanning through it, found an entry by Josh Lewis detailing his accident in Canada on Mt Cory.


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PostFri Nov 12, 2021 4:44 pm 
Just finished "Made In America" by Bill Bryson.  I've not yet found a book of his that I don't like.  This one was extraordinary for its depth and coverage of words, trends, culture and is humorous in just the right places.  It starts a bit slow but then I couldn't put it down.  Please read. cool.gif

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PostSun Nov 14, 2021 3:06 pm 
Cadillac Desert, story of how LA built the LA aqueduct  to the Owens Valley creating a new desert and draining Owens Lake. The true story behind the film “Chinatown”. “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown”.

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PostWed Nov 17, 2021 6:16 pm 
Reading the climbing classic "The White Spider" by Harrer, one of the first party to climb the north face of the Eiger.

Seems the Eiger is known for really bad rock fall, yet it looks like none of the first climbers into the mid 50's were wearing helmets. When did climbing helmets become widely used?

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PostMon Nov 22, 2021 8:28 pm 
Been on a long streak of struggling to get into a book.  Finally got one I'm into.  Lee Child's later works are getting really lackluster.  I decided to check out an earlier Jack Reacher book.  "The Enemy" was written in 2004 but set in in the early 90s, when he's still in the military.  Enjoyable so far.  He hadn't become nearly a Superman yet it seems.

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PostWed Nov 24, 2021 10:06 am 
Definitely not backpacking related. but the latest Outlander novel, Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone, was released yesterday and my copy landed on my front doorstep.  It's extremely thick so I will probably be reading all weekend!

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PostWed Nov 24, 2021 10:41 am 
Peril by Bob Woodward and Bob Costa

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PostSat Jan 15, 2022 8:08 pm 
Been in a bit of a rut again.  The last Jack Reacher novel I read kinda went off the rails at the end.  I've bogged down on a Nelson DeMille/John Corey novel, which I usually enjoy.  So...the other day I got my hands on the latest Martha Wells/Murderbot novella.  170 pages, blasted thru it on the same day I picked it up from the library.  Today I got what is supposed to be the 9th and final book in the James S.A. Corey/The Expanse series.

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PostSun Jan 16, 2022 9:16 pm 
Imaginary Peaks by Kattie Ives climbing hoaxes and mythical peaks. Interesting stories with some locals featured. Focused on the Reisenstein Hoax by our local heros.

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PostMon Jan 17, 2022 11:18 am 
The Premonition - Michael Lewis (The Big Short/Liar's Poker/etc)

May be more than anyone wants to know about what was going on behind the scenes in the early days of SARS CoV-2 - the good, bad, and ugly.  Like every Michael Lewis book I've read, it's well researched and very good reading.

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PostTue Jan 18, 2022 3:48 pm 
Kim Brown wrote:
Just finished Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones, by Paul Trynka.

Just saw your post on this, Kim.  Thanks for the extended review. I'm not a huge fan of the Stones but your review made me want to read it. The only other rock bios I've read are Sting's memoir "Broken Music" and a decent bio of Jim Morrison who's author and title I can't recall at the moment.  I enjoyed the doc that's still on Netflix about Keith Richards. I've seen the majority of the Netflix rock bios and found all of them interesting. The rock impresario bios, too.

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PostTue Jan 18, 2022 5:12 pm 
Chief Joseph wrote:
Reading the climbing classic "The White Spider" by Harrer, one of the first party to climb the north face of the Eiger.

That's a great book. I read it years ago.

Heinrich Harrer subsequently escaped a British internment camp (he was part of Hitler's troops) and made his way over mountain passes (took 2 years) to enter the closed kingdom of Tibet, where he became a tutor to the Dalai Lama, then a child. Seven Years in Tibet. Astonishing.

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