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A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
A Hero of Our Time
by Mikhail Lermontov
read in October, 2009
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A peculiar dandy-romatic novel set in 1830s Caucasus, at that time the Russian frontier. Lots of society angst, ennui and, of course, a duel. The word "dandy" is used several times. Excellent descriptions of men's furnishings and the manners and more ...more
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The Bloody White Baron by James Palmer
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Call him Baron von Crazy Pants. Baron Nikolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg (1885–1921) was a Czarist leader in Siberia and Mongolia during the Bolshevik revolution. A fascinating but cruel character, he cut a path of violence, pillage, torture and

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The Pope's Legion by Charles A. Coulombe
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I just picked up my friend from Southern California, Charles Coloumbe's, new book, "The Pope's Legion: The Multinational Fighting Force that Defended the Vatican." It's about the all-but-forgotten history of a war that raged for a decade in the 19th ...more
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The Lost City of Z by David Grann
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Well that settles that. I've always wanted to explore, to follow in the footsteps of the greats -- Humboldt, Fremont, Burton, Stanley, Livingstone, et al -- but I am never, EVER going to the Amazon. If explorer Capt. Percy Harrison Fawcett's experien ...more
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English Passengers by Matthew Kneale
English Passengers
by Matthew Kneale
recommended to M2 by: Eileen
recommended for: History buffs, maritime sorts
read in January, 2008
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Kneale expertly weaves together narratives from Tasmanian natives, English explorers, colonists & convicts, and Manx smugglers in a rich tapestry (cliche, I know, but apt nevertheless). English Passengers is two parts rip-snorting, Flashman-style ...more
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Anathem by Neal Stephenson
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Burning Man Live! by Adrian Roberts
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King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
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H. Rider Haggard's classic, rip-snorting tale of high adventure in Southern Africa, in which big game hunter, Allen Quartermain, searches for the lost treasure of King Solomon. This proto-Indiana Jones tale, first published in 1898, delights with its ...more
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John Barleycorn by Jack London
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Jack London's classic memoir, John Barleycorn, details the California author's lifelong relationship with alcohol and its effects on his short yet eventful life. In the process, London takes us through his young life as a mill worker, an oyster pirat ...more
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Novels and Stories by Jack London
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Jack London's epic "The Sea Wolf" is the story of Humphrey van Weyden, an effete young gent forced to become tough and self-reliant by being exposed to the deprivation of a life at sea. Kind of a socialist "Admirable Crichton," if you will. Its depic ...more
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