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11. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Crouching Tigers... but who cares among friends

How about this one, has anybody else read it? As someone who is planning their trip to Sth America, I loved it.


David Rawson

Winner of the inaugural Richard Webster Popular Fiction Award.

“An astounding first novel.”

A thriller set in South America and alternating between Pizarro’s conquest of the Inca Empire and in the present day.

12. Posted by moonschein (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

along the lines of the Inca book, "AZTEC" I forget who by.
it's a big book, but a fast interesting read, covers the last Aztec king and the spainish conquering Mexico, the main character travels a lot during his life, so you see a lot of Mexico and Central America. perfect for long flights...

a book I'd like to read was recommended on this sight, "Vagabond," I'm still working on "in a sunburned country" by bill bryson (turns out I was given it twice, it's that good). I'm working ridiculous hours saving up for campervanning in OZ, so I miss reading.

hey! what am I doing here! I could be reading my book!

13. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I've just bought two books by Bruce Chatwin.

"The Songlines"

"The Songlines emerge as invisible pathways connecting all over Australia: ancient tracks made of songs which tell of the creation of the land. The Aboriginals' religious duty is ritually to travel the land, singing the Ancestors' songs: singing the world into being afresh. The Songlines is one man's impassioned song" - Sunday Telegraph

The other is "In Patagonia"

'In Patagonia' is a quest or a Wonder Voyage. It is about wandering and exile. Bruce Chatwin travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast and, in the course of his travels, describes his encounters with the people whose fascinating stories delay him on the road.

I'm really looking forward to reading these books. Will give a review when I eventually get around to them

14. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

I really like:

The Beach - Alex Garland
- somewhat of a travel story, but not quite!

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less - Jeffrey Archer
- four men get together to take revenge on the person who swindled them

The Sandman: The Dream Hunters - Neil Gaiman & Yoshitaka Amano
- retelling of sorts of a Japanese folk tale

The Apprentice - Tess Gerritsen
- Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the hunt for a serial killer

Any novel by Haruki Murakami.

15. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

I am strongly recommend this book:

On Photography - Susan Sontag (guess some of you from North America knows her well, right?)


16. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Yes, she died not too long ago...a pioneer in a lot of ways! :)

17. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I have a rather large library...and have read most of the books I have more than once....the four I have read in the last three days...
The Picture of Dorian Gray- by Oscar Wilde
Band of Brothers- by Stephen Ambrose
Alexander the Great- by Paul Cartledge
Anne Frank (the new version with the missing pages put back in after her fathers death.)
All very good books!

18. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I'm trying to get through Maribou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh. Great story, but I need my insta-translator (aka Irish b/f) to help with all that Scottish slang.

19. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Yes, she died not too long ago...a pioneer in a lot of ways!

Cupcake, you know Susan Sontag? Guess what... ia m her super super fans! I have all her books and criticism papers!


20. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I know of her, I never met her :(

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