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Book recomendation #165962
01/24/09 12:39 AM
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Last sunday I read "The Road", by Cormac McCarthy. Apparently he wrote "No Country for Old Men". Didn't see that movie, or read that book.

I wouldn't call it good, but it was an easy read and I knocked it out in an afternoon. Basically a guy and his son are trying to get to the coast. The world has burned for some unexplained reason and the last remaining survivors are barely alive. There's some cannabalism, and a good glimpse at what people are capable of, both for good and bad, in possibly the worst imaginable scenario. Even though I don't think it was really a good book, I'm glad I read it for some reason. 287 pages, big font, basic dialog. If it were any easier to read it would have been a picture book.

Anyone else read it?

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Re: Book recomendation [Re: Karl_Brogger] #165986
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Not read that.

Here's a set for your Sundays that you might enjoy:

Aubrey/Maturin series

And on sailing too. The recent movie Master and Commander with Russell Crowe was a compiled version of the books. All 5,500 pages. Knock that out in an afternoon. wink


Re: Book recomendation [Re: Karl_Brogger] #166001
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Another new book to read, that is not only a best seller, but informative is "The 10 Big Lies About America" by Michael Medved. Before you discount Medved as just another Talk Show Host, and Movie Critic, consider that this is a well documented work of non fiction. In addition to his History Degree from Yale, Medved also was in Yale Law School with both Bill and Hillary Clinton, and knew them well. This is a quick read, and you will learn alot.

Caleb Tarleton

Re: Book recomendation [Re: Karl_Brogger] #166005
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You might like The Deathbird by Harlen Ellison.


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Re: Book recomendation [Re: hobie1616] #166013
01/24/09 11:12 PM
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Don't get me started... I have enjoyed almost 20 books in the last 12 months. I am now reading Templar type stuff along with John Toland's book Adolf Hitler.


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Re: Book recomendation [Re: Karl_Brogger] #166014
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If you want an easy read go with The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Its one of the best books ever written in the English language and you could say its an easy read because thats just the way Hemingway communicates.
If you want something difficult go with The Master and Margarita but its no better than The Old Man and the Sea.

Re: Book recomendation [Re: rhodysail] #166022
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"Big Two Hearted River".

Re: Book recomendation [Re: fin.] #166024
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"TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST" by Richard Henry Dana Jr. a great classic and true account of being at sea

Re: Book recomendation [Re: Hullflyer1] #166025
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Check out Bernard Cornwell's books especially his books about sailing. I loved the one titled "Stormchild", his historical fiction is excellent as well.

Fred

Re: Book recomendation [Re: fredsmith] #166030
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Hey Karl try the book "First You have To Row a little Boat" by Richard Bode.It's a nice quick read,you might even pick up a few sailing (as well as life) lessons.Anyone that sails will find this a great pick up book that you can reread numerous times.I especially like the part where he talks about teaching his kids to sail,I can relate to that.

Re: Book recomendation [Re: Karl_Brogger] #166032
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I recently read "A Voyage For Madmen" by Peter Nichols. It is about the 1968 Golden Globe Race. It was a contest to see who could be the first to do a non-stop, solo circumnavigation. It was the best book I have in a while. They just did a movie based on it.
Staying with the sailing theme, "The Proving Ground" by G. Bruce Knecht is really good. It is about the 1998 Sydney to Hobart race which encountered bad weather.


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Re: Book recomendation [Re: Cab] #166036
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My favorites are the Gunslinger Series of Dark Tower by Stephen King..! This is not the eerie King, but really deep stuff.
Also really loved the Tolkien Trilogy.
Marly and Me is really funny if you are dog owner, but don't read the last part unless you are prepared to blubber like a baby.
Rick


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Re: Book recomendation [Re: mmadge] #166039
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Originally Posted by mmadge
Hey Karl try the book "First You have To Row a little Boat" by Richard Bode.It's a nice quick read,you might even pick up a few sailing (as well as life) lessons.Anyone that sails will find this a great pick up book that you can reread numerous times.I especially like the part where he talks about teaching his kids to sail,I can relate to that.

I loved that book. Lent it to Rick to read when he was on a trip, and he lost it. So I need to buy another copy.

Re: Book recomendation [Re: mmadge] #166041
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great book,


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Re: Book recomendation [Re: RickWhite] #166042
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Mary the book is advertised on Amazon.com for $4.95

Re: Book recomendation [Re: F-18 5150] #166043
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"South with Endurance" is a great book. Those guys were hardcore. Its amazing to think what folks used to do in the cold without all the modern winter gear. "Ghosts of Everest" is also great, the search for Mallory and Irvine.

Re: Book recomendation [Re: Mary] #166044
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I know that the voices in my head aint real,
but they have some pretty good ideas.
There is no such thing as a quick fix and I've never had free lunch!

Re: Book recomendation [Re: phill] #166051
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Story of the first catamaran ever to round Cape Horn.
"Children of Cape Horn" by Rosie Swale. I haven't read it, but I really must, because we owned and lived on one of the same catamarans (an Oceanic, designed by Bill O'Brien). Here is a review:
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A cheeky, happy-go-lucky account of how Rosie, husband Colin and babies Eve and James Mario piloted their little 30-foot boat/home, the Anneliese on a 30,000-mile around-the-Horn junket. "She was just a boat off the shelf, not a specially built boat like Chichester's," says Rosie whose exuberance knows no bounds. And despite near drownings and a fearful and almost fatal miscarriage suffered in mid-ocean a thousand miles from nowhere, she makes it all seem very snug and domestic - a long way from the grim ordeal recounted in Robertson's Survive the Savage Seas (1973). The commercial and somewhat gimmicky nature of the expedition (they had more sponsors than daytime TV) and Rosie's exhibitionist bent (in husband Colin's photos she's clad - when at all - in the teeniest of bikinis) hardly detract from the appeal of these reckless but likable free spirits. (Kirkus Reviews)

Re: Book recomendation [Re: Mary] #166073
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Originally Posted by Mary
Story of the first catamaran ever to round Cape Horn.
"Children of Cape Horn" by Rosie Swale. I haven't read it, but I really must, because we owned and lived on one of the same catamarans (an Oceanic, designed by Bill O'Brien). Here is a review:
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A cheeky, happy-go-lucky account of how Rosie, husband Colin and babies Eve and James Mario piloted their little 30-foot boat/home, the Anneliese on a 30,000-mile around-the-Horn junket. "She was just a boat off the shelf, not a specially built boat like Chichester's," says Rosie whose exuberance knows no bounds. And despite near drownings and a fearful and almost fatal miscarriage suffered in mid-ocean a thousand miles from nowhere, she makes it all seem very snug and domestic - a long way from the grim ordeal recounted in Robertson's Survive the Savage Seas (1973). The commercial and somewhat gimmicky nature of the expedition (they had more sponsors than daytime TV) and Rosie's exhibitionist bent (in husband Colin's photos she's clad - when at all - in the teeniest of bikinis) hardly detract from the appeal of these reckless but likable free spirits. (Kirkus Reviews)


Hi Mary, Rosie is an amazing person. I remember first reading about her when my sister and brother in law were setting of with their 5 and 2 year old on an Atlantic crossing on a 35' Warram Cat in 1977. You should start with "Rosie Darling". It was written after "Children of Cape Horn", but covers the early part of her life. After "Children of Cape Horn", things went down a bit for her. She toured boat shows trying to sell her books and did certain other things which I won't go into.
She picked herself up and is now known as Rosie Swale-Pope and has just completed a "Run" around the world.
An amazing woman !

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Re: Book recomendation [Re: Dermot] #166076
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Thanks, Dermot, I will try to get both of the books. I have some pictures of our Oceanic somewhere. I will have to scan them and post them someday. It was a great liveaboard boat, and I could easily imagine going around the world on it -- slowly, but comfortably and safely.

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