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text 2017-09-19 02:52
Reading progress update: I've listened 60 out of 360 minutes.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks

I figure an hour when I have time should work for this.

 

So far so good. Enjoying the audio a lot. Trying to read this was a no go.

 

So far I didn't recognize that many voices. Max Brooks (the author) I found out was the narrator and I can see why many people said eh to him.

 

Hoping to finish by the time I get back from Boston on Tuesday (next week)! Planning on listening on the plane rides. I leave Friday so will be quiet with some pop ins if I have a chance. 

 

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text 2017-09-12 02:05
Reading progress update: I've listened 1 out of 360 minutes.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks

Thanks all for the suggestions to listen to this via audio. It was doing my head in trying to read the style of the book as written. I think listening to this via audio is one of the times the audio will work for me. I can also keep reading while listening to this so yeah! Great idea!

 

I also realized that GR doesn't do minutes like BL does, so will only update this here.

 

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text 2017-09-10 13:22
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks

I'm going to switch to audio for this so I don't lose my mind. Will get back to this later. Onto ghost square. 

 

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text 2017-09-10 03:13
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks

I am reading this for "The Dead Will Walk" square. "War World Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War" by Max Brooks. Zombies as far as the eye can see.

 

Hopefully this is good. I'm oy starting now since I am going to have to give the book back to the library soon. 

 

 

 

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review 2017-08-08 18:45
The Lost City of the Monkey God
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston,Bill Mumy

 

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story is not my normal cuppa, but came to me highly recommended. I'm glad that I reserved the audio at my library.

 

The story was enjoyable and educational, but I was slightly disappointed at the time spent actually exploring. The beginning of the book goes into previous expeditions to areas near this city and the problems faced due to the fact that Honduras can be a very dangerous country. Not only due to the insects, snakes and other poisonous creatures, but also because of drug cartels.

 

The brief portion that involved the actual exploration was fascinating. Imagine going into an area completely untouched by mankind in 500 hundred years. How exciting! However, the actuality of exploring such an area means exposing oneself to thousands of dangers from extremely deep mud, insects of all kinds, snakes and even jaguars, to name just a few.

 

There was another brief section talking about the problems with other archaeologists and academia throwing shade on this expedition, some of them doing so with no REAL knowledge of what went on, how LIDAR worked and what was found.

 

Lastly, and the part I found most interesting, was what happened to many of the explorers after they got home and that is: Leishmaniasis. OMG. This is a disease, (actually many diseases and symptoms, grouped under one name), which is carried by tiny sand flies. The havoc this disease can wreak is almost unbelievable. This led to another section of the book which spoke about new world diseases and how they affected the Americas. There is talk of how some of the early civilizations disappeared and how that may have been caused by parasites and diseases. I found all of this fascinating but extremely scary. Most especially when it was mentioned that cases of Leish have now been found in Texas and the speculation about how that is because sand flies are moving northward due to climate change.

 

What I found most surprising is that many of the explorers that were diagnosed and treated for Leish, jumped at the chance to go back to the site. I can only assume that they were CRAZY!

 

I enjoyed this book and I learned a lot about Honduras and its history. I recommend The Lost City of the Monkey God to anyone interested in learning more about Honduras, the city and the history of the world, in general.

 

*I checked out this audio from my local library. Libraries RULE!*

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