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ron ll
06-27-2016, 08:21 PM
I need to stock up the boat library for the upcoming summer anchorages. Escapist adventures, (not necessarily sea stories). Whaddya recommend?

Jim Bow
06-27-2016, 08:28 PM

ron ll
06-27-2016, 11:11 PM
Okay, I wasn't familiar with this so I had to google up on it. It appears there are 15 new Tom Swift novels. I have to admit I didn't read them as a kid either. So are these new ones fun to read as an adult or were you just stirring the pot? :)

Jim Bow
06-28-2016, 02:56 AM
Stirring. I read one once, but they were aimed at a 1930s audience and don't hold up well.

Ever read any Erik Larsen? He's a history writer, but you get easily hooked. A good one to start with is " Devil In The White City"

Jim Bow
06-28-2016, 03:14 AM
Give this one a look, Once An Eagle by Anton Myrer

wizbang 13
06-28-2016, 05:43 AM
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Tom Gallants gift to the human race.

Norman Bernstein
06-28-2016, 07:34 AM
For non-fiction fans:


Mary Roach is a clever and amusing writer, with a very dry wit, who likes to explore a strange smorgasbord of unusual topics. 'Grunt' was good.... but her best, IMHO, was this one:


Rob Hazard
06-28-2016, 07:39 AM
I just finished Bill Bryson's "The Road To Little Dribbling", an account of his recent rambles about Great Britain. Bryson has an amusing style, and is easy to consume in small bits as time allows.

06-28-2016, 08:07 AM
While they aren't really "escapist adventures", I'm always entertained by Mark Kurlansky's histories.

Flying Orca
06-28-2016, 08:24 AM
I'll second Roach, Bryson, and Kurlansky.

Jim Mahan
06-28-2016, 08:53 AM
Bryson has an amusing style, and is easy to consume in small bits as time allows.

I picked up his Short History of Nearly Everything at the airport on vacation a few years ago. I almost finished it on the plane. Which led me to read another half dozen of his books. The one about Australia is worth reading too. I forget the title.

I just finished a non-fiction about the woman who was the donor of the cervical cancer cells that became the very first viable cultured human cells, the scientific research basis for a large part of medical progress since the nineteen forties. Henrietta Lacks was a poor black woman who lived in Virginia and Maryland who died at Johns Hopkins at age twenty-nine. Every bit of cell culturing in modern medicine began with and continues from her tumor, excised after her death. HeLo cells have been used for eveything from the original polio vaccine to helping to map the human genome. The current mass of living, immortal, HeLo cells world-wide is something calculated as something on the order of hundreds of tons. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a vey readable history that includes describing the founding of Johns Hopkins to, in part, specifically treat and care for the black poor, and then the use of poor blacks, prior to the legal and ethical requirement for consent, for experiments, including innoculating thousands of patients over a period of twenty years, with syphillus.

John of Phoenix
06-28-2016, 09:53 AM
I found this riveting - the best Vietnam account I've read.

It's a first person narrative of Lam Son 719 from a scout pilot's view.