Rik's Reads

*I Am The Grand Canyon
ClassicsFarenheit 451
Catcher in the Rye
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Grapes of Wrath
Silas Marner, The Weaver of Raveloe
To Kill a Mockingbird
Geeky Death March (Surviving Doomed Projects)
Executable UML: A Foundation for Model Driven Architecture
Beyond Software Architecture: Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions
Just XML
Using Perl 5 for Web Programming
GeneralThe Bastard Brigade
Tails of the City
HumorThe Joy of Work
Owt, Nowt and Summat A Toast to All Tykes
Must ReadThe Code Book
Grapes of Wrath
I Am The Grand Canyon
The Silicon Boys and their valley of dreams
To Kill a Mockingbird
Must Read A Confederacy of Dunces
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Relaxing Cannery Row
Into Thin Air
The Martian
Ready Player One
Sci-Fi Farenheit 451
TechieAlice in Quantumland
The Code Book
How to Invent Everything
This Book Isn't Safe
Techie Backroom Boys; the secret return of the british boffin
tbd The Crystal Cave
The Santa Cruz Trailbook
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Into Thin Air
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This is a really great book and a must read for everyone!!

Now I'm no mountaineer [1] so don't think it's a book purely for people who are into that game.

The book describes what happened during an assent of Everest in 1996. The author of the book was initially there to write a magazine article for a climbing magazine. The magazine wanted to show that climbing Everest had become far too commercial and as a result there were too many people trekking up to be safe. They also suspected that many of the people shouldn't really have been there as they were not experienced enough for such a climb. So why would they be encouraged to climb it they were no good? Well, perhaps because the "tour operators" charge people around US$70000 to climb, so there's an incentive to get more, not fewer people to go.

Anyway, the magazine got quite a scoop. There were too many people on the mountain this particular May and there were inexperienced climbers making it dangerous and unfortunately people died.

The book is rather controversial. Many climbers don't like it, they disagree with Krakauer's account of the events. There are other books written about the incident that's supposed to give an alternative view, maybe I should take a look at those too.

I could go on for hours about this book, but your time would be better spent just reading the book itself.

One last thing: don't bother with the movie version, it really doesn't do the book any justice.

[1] OK, so I like to rock climb occasionally, but ask anyone, the two are totally different things.

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