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text 2019-05-26 00:13
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 303 pages.
Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain - Jennifer Jordan

The approach to K2 was infamous, and Wanda knew what she was in for: a grueling two weeks of travel, most of it on foot. Under the best of circumstances, it would demand a level of peak physical fitness. On crutches, it would be excruciating, but she was determined to be part of the expedition she’d so painstakingly planned.

On crutches???!!!!! She started this while still recovering from a broken femur?!?!?!?!


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text 2019-05-25 22:55
Reading progress update: I've read 3 out of 303 pages.
Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain - Jennifer Jordan

On certain peaks the fatality rates are staggering, but on K2 they are mind-boggling. When a climber straps on his crampons with the intent of ascending K2, he knows he has a one-in-four chance of not making it off the mountain alive. One in four. And as bad as those odds are, they are even worse for women. Six women have reached the summit of K2, but five have died trying. (In addition to the three who died on descent, another two women died on ascent without reaching the summit.) For women the statistics are small but nonetheless powerful. The bottom line is that women have fared disastrously on K2.

   Ironically, as bad as their experience on K2 has been, women actually die less often than men on the other 8,000-meter peaks. Although there has been almost no scientific research on the effects of high altitude on the female body, what little data there are actually indicate that women are better suited to the rigors of the Death Zone than their male colleagues. Recent studies suggest that as men and women climb higher, men’s initial advantage of muscle mass and brute strength equalizes out against women’s better endurance and ability to adapt to the thin air. Not only do women suffer high-altitude pulmonary edema less often, but they acclimatize better, they retain their base body weight better, and their more efficient circulatory systems lead them to suffer less frostbite—the formation of ice crystals in the cells that destroys their structure and constricts the oxygen flow, leading to infection and, if untreated, quickly to gangrene, resulting finally in amputation. There is also early evidence that the female sex hormone helps to guard women against the deadly effects of high altitude, but further research needs to be done to make that theory conclusive.

Aaargh, I wish there had been an end note or footnote or other form of reference here. I'd have loved to look up the research behind this.

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review 2019-05-25 22:01
Bel Canto
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

DNF @ p.50.


I just could not get invested in the story or the characters. Then I came to a point where Alex, the opera singer, performs just after the entire party has been taken hostages.


I'm sorry, but I can't suspend my disbelief enough to buy that people who have just been taken hostage by a group of automatic-rifle-slinging terrorists would give a damn about a musical performance, never mind appreciate the finder points of opera.


Erm. Next.

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text 2019-05-25 21:36
Reading progress update: I've read 42 out of 319 pages.
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett



I may need to look up what the rules are for DNFs in the BL-Opoly game. I'm not finding any interest in this story or any of the characters at all.

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text 2019-05-25 18:02
BLopoly | Roll #3 & Memorial Bonus Rolls Activities

(For roll details, see up update post.)

I had a couple books in mind for two of the three spaces above, and after some searching, have finally made a few decisions.  This is what I've come up with:


Roll #3 | The Lake House 20:  Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover; or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.

I shall be reading Run to the Ground by Katie Ruggle, which will fit the criteria of having a dog on the cover.  This book clocks at 416 pages, Kindle version, which is equal to $5.

Memorial Day Bonus Rolls

Roll #4 | The Summer Blockbuster 27:  Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).

I wasn't sure I'd be able to find a book for this particular space's prompts, but then I recalled that there are a lot of high fantasy adventures out there I'd been meaning to read that could very well fit the frame of a "hero's journey."  After doing a bit of a search, I actually ended up wavering between three different books, and in the end, what decided me was based on familiarity, and accessibility.  The summary of Wolfskin sounds very much like a "hero's journey," but if it's not, please let me know and I'll fall back on a different one.  The other two books I'd been considering were Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb, and The Gunslinger by Stephen King.

Being more familiar with Juliet Marillier, and actually owning the paperback itself was pretty much the deciding factor for me.  My paperback version of Wolfskin is 516 pages, which will get me a $5 addition to the bank.

Roll #5 | European Vacation 35:  Read a book set in Europe, or that was written by an author who was born in Europe, or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.

I have chosen to continue on with the next Lady Darby Mystery book by Anna Lee Huber, A Grave Matter.  The book takes place in Scotland.  This book clocks at 433 pages, Kindle version, which is yet, another $5 to my Bank Total upon completion.

Looks like I have some serious reading ahead of me!



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/blopoly-roll-3-memorial-bonus-rolls.html
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