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Book Review: The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1) by John Twelve Hawks

Pretty tiresome tripe.  Crap, really.  Just opening to the first page will pain your sensibilities. Essentially, there exists a group of people with special powers to cross over to other dimensions. Then there are a group of people who are sworn to protect them. Then there are a group of people working to hunt them [...]

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Book Review: The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography

When you realize that Saint Bernadette most likely saw a fairy and not the Virgin you’ve made a key discovery about the very core of France. Bernadette indeed saw something in the cave that day along the roiling Gave de Pau near the village of Lourdes at the base of the Pyrenees but… “Ou pétito damisèla”, [...]

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From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall: Travelers Best, Worst and Most Ridiculous Stories From the Road

“We made our way down the street and arrived at the first intersection where one of the soldiers, who under the dark street lights looked to be only about 15 years old, placed his hand on my chest as a warning to stop. The other officer pulled a whistle strung to his hat and blew, a [...]

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The ULTIMATE Travel Resource Library – Part III: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

The FULL Travel library is available here You already know we’re book hounds here at Around the World in Eighty Years.   Heck, the name itself is an ode to the literature of travel. I never go anywhere without a stack of travel books. I’m obsessed with knowing as much as I can about a [...]

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The ULTIMATE Travel Resource Library – Part II: Finland, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Egypt

The FULL Travel library is available here Part I: Colorado, France, Haiti, New Mexico and Vietnam available here You already know we’re book hounds here at Around the World in Eighty Years.   Heck, the name itself is an ode to the literature of travel. I never go anywhere without a stack of books. I’m [...]

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The ULTIMATE Travel Resource Library – Part I:New Mexico, Colorado, France, Vietnam and Haiti

The full library is available here Part II is here – You already know we’re book hounds here at Around the World in Eighty Years.   Heck, the name itself is an ode to the literature of travel. I never go anywhere without a stack of books. Wherever I go, I’m obsessed with knowing as [...]

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Books of the Marvels of the World – 21 Best Travel Books of All Time

For me, quality travel literature goes beyond a travel journal or a simple list of dates and events. The “travel-adventure” genre is WAY overdone and generally quite boring to me. Travel literature is writing of high literary value that sets down for posterity the experiences of a man or woman traveling in a land and/or [...]

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The Cow-Headed Man

In my parents basement there was a series of colorful plywood doors. Behind the doors were piles of yellowed books crammed into a dark recess in the foundation. They were all of the books in the house. I never understood why my parents, who were avid readers, kept books hidden in the basement. “Can you [...]

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Book Review: “Chasing Aphrodite”

Any interest in a story that involves tax-evasion, Swiss bank accounts, imaginary archaeologists, the mafia, bribery, money-laundering, art thieves, reclusive billionaires, ethically challenged CEOs, obsessed police investigators, and the world’s most incredible archaeological treasures? Pulitzer Prize finalists Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino offer up just that in Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at [...]

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Books of the Marvels of the World – My Top 21 Best Travel Books of All Time (17-21)

First up, some apologies. This post was due way back in June but as my trips to Haiti and then to Finland came and went I got caught up in a million other things. So, sorry about that. But here they are! The final additions to My Top 21 Best Travel Books of All Time [...]

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Book Review: “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett

Let’s see if I can make this short and sweet. I don’t like this book. If you’d like to read Ann Patchett’s “State of Wonder” in it’s origional, high- quality version, pick up “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. If you’d like to see the movie version, it’s called “Apocalypse Now”. “State of Wonder” is [...]

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Books of the Marvels of the World – My Top 21 Best Travel Books of All Time (11-16)

What is great travel literature for me? I explained that here in 1-5, so lets jump right in.  11. Riding the Iron Rooster. Paul Theroux I’ve always thought that after five minutes with Theroux I’d want to sock him in the face.  I mean, I totally respect the guy for his intelligence and amazing travels but he [...]

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