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David Welton
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Endurance
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery I love the idea of exploring space. Perhaps it doesn't have a lot of practical here and now benefits, but the idea of 'going beyond' feels right to me; something we ought to do as a species to push the bou...
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Draft Animals: Living the Pro Cycling Dream (Once in a While) Many "sports books" tend to be a bit formulaic: the hero starts out, faces some adversity, and then wins something big. Phil Gaimon's book about climbing to the top ranks of professional cyclists...
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Child of Steens Mountain
Child of Steens Mountain I love to read about life in wild places in the past, and this book didn't disappoint.  Indeed, I enjoyed the perspective of a girl growing up as a different one than many of the books about eastern Oregon written by men. Steens Mou...
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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. The latest from Neal Stephenson, this feels like an apple that hasn't fallen far from the tree. Somehow familiar in that it mixes bits in the past with present day science fiction, it reminds me a bit of Cryptonimicon, one of m...
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Kit Carson: The Life of an American Border Man
Kit Carson: The Life of an American Border Man First a hero in dime novels, and subsequently reviled as a killer of Native Americans, this book tries to look beyond both and describe Kit Carson as he actually was; a product of his time. Going back in time, ...
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Miles from Nowhere: Tales from America's Contemporary Frontier
Miles from Nowhere: Tales from America's Contemporary Frontier "The Frontier", once described as those places with less than 2 people per square mile, lives on in a large swath of the western United States. This book follows the author as he travels to meet...
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Gold and Cattle Country
http://amzn.to/1OxqmQ5 Reading "Gold and Cattle Country" is like sitting down and listening to a lifetime of tales about how things were in the real "old west".  And what a lifetime it was! Herman Oliver's father came to the US from the Azores as a stowaway...
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Heirs of Empire
Heirs of Empire This book is not one with mind-bending new science fiction concepts - it's more of a "space opera" with a lot of cliches.  But it's a good, fun story, and the cliches are kind of mixed and matched with original bits and pieces into something...
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Seveneves
http://www.amazon.com/Seveneves-A-Novel-Neal-Stephenson/dp/1501220233?tag=dedasys-20 Neal Stephenson is one of my favorite authors: I'd buy pretty much anything he writes. This book was just not one I loved, though. First of all, the first two thirds of the...
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Kayakers on Boulder creek
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