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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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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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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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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 (6-10)

What is great travel literature for me? I explained that here in 1-5, so lets jump right in. 6. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes. Robert Louis Stevenson  I agree with Junius Maltby (The Pastures of Heaven), Travels with a Donkey is one of the greatest literary works in the English language. Sickly young [...]

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Books of the Marvels of the World – My Top 21 Best Travel Books of All Time (1-5)

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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Book Review: “Anglo Saxon England” by Sally Crawford

My high school history teacher was a Classicist. His infatuation with the Greco-Roman societies had taken him on travels throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East. He had learned Greek and Latin and had read Homer in the original. He was an inspiration. If you were to ask him about Medieval Europe and places like Anglo [...]

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The Long Walk – Would You Rather Have Questions or Answers?

I guess I’m a little slow to these things sometimes but I just…literally just…found out that Slavomir Rawicz’s The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom was probably fabricated out of whole cloth.  Damn. “The Long Walk” (published in 1956) describeds Rawicz’ epic escape from a Soviet gulag in 1941.  Supposedly, Rawicz’ and a [...]

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