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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2015, 05:31:04 PM »
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  • "Devil's Teeth"? she wrote a book about the nasty death spikes of the NSSS?


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    « Reply #16 on: July 20, 2015, 12:19:23 AM »
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  • On A Wave by Thad Ziolkowski. He's a prof of Creative Writing at Pratt. It's really a memoir of growing up in Melbourne, FL in the 70s, so strictly speaking not a 'surf book'. Those older than fifty may find it  enjoyable from a nostalgic viewpoint; for others it offers a snapshot of the times. 

    There's good surf stuff, but the narrative also tells a family's story. Definitely more in the category of Contemporary Lit than Surf Books.  A nice read for those so inclined.

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    « Reply #17 on: July 20, 2015, 03:26:55 PM »
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  • On a Wave is great, and Thad Ziolkowski is a delightful guy. 


    Sweetness and Blood by Michael Scott Moore explores the "cultural imperialism" -- for lack of better phrase -- of surfing as it has spread across the globe. Its part travelogue, part social history and I recommend it highly. I also recommend it when I'm not high.

    I'm very much looking forward to reading Jamie Brisck's "Becoming Westerly", which chronicles the transformation of Aus men's surfing champion Peter Drouyn into the woman Westerly Windina,

    For fiction, I second Crackie's nomination of Kem Nunn's books. Also, California Fire and Life by Don Winslow is really great. Its a kind of hard-boiled mystery novel. Lead character is an insurance adjuster and former arson investigator for the OC Sheriffs Office. Only connection to surfing is that the lead character surfs, but its a great SoCal pastiche and well worth the read. Loved it.

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    « Reply #18 on: July 20, 2015, 03:46:15 PM »
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  • Pre-ordered this


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    « Reply #19 on: July 20, 2015, 04:41:06 PM »
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  • South of Normal is pretty bad.  I have a very low bar for and can easily get thru any books set in CentrAmer but this is just unreadable.  The author (and main character) strikes me as a giant puss and very unlikable. 

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    « Reply #20 on: July 20, 2015, 04:57:03 PM »
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  • South of Normal is pretty bad.  I have a very low bar for and can easily get thru any books set in CentrAmer but this is just unreadable.  The author (and main character) strikes me as a giant puss and very unlikable.


    haha that's a pretty strong take but i couldnt disagree. I though it was okay, but yeah. It's funny, if you follow the author Norm Schriver (i think thats his name) on Twitter, it's all just content marketing crap searching for clicks on his site

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    « Reply #21 on: July 20, 2015, 07:43:38 PM »
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  • "Barbarian Days" by William Finnegan looks promising, especially if you may have read his long and riveting "Playing Docs Games" article about surfing OB, written for the New Yorker. 

    A very positive review of his book:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/19/books/review/barbarian-days-a-surfing-life-by-william-finnegan.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

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    « Reply #22 on: July 21, 2015, 11:18:33 AM »
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  • Dawn Patrol & Gentleman's Hour by Don Winslow


    Then you'll probably end up reading other Don Winslow books like Frankie The Machine and The Kings Of Cool. His recent book the Cartel sounds pretty good too, it's a sequel to Power Of The Dog.

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    « Reply #23 on: July 21, 2015, 01:15:32 PM »
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  • not really a surf book but i really liked "surfing and health" by Dorian Paskowitz
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    « Reply #24 on: July 22, 2015, 10:42:47 AM »
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  • Dawn Patrol & Gentleman's Hour by Don Winslow


    Then you'll probably end up reading other Don Winslow books like Frankie The Machine and The Kings Of Cool. His recent book the Cartel sounds pretty good too, it's a sequel to Power Of The Dog.


    Need to up my Don Winslow game. California Fire and Life was so good. Can't wait to dig into some of his other stuff.


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    « Reply #25 on: July 22, 2015, 10:50:21 AM »
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  • I'm digging into Barbarian Days right now....so far, very very good

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    « Reply #26 on: July 22, 2015, 01:48:04 PM »
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  • I'm digging into Barbarian Days right now....so far, very very good




    Agreed.


    Apparently "Playing Doc's Games" is in Barbarian Days as well.
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    « Reply #27 on: July 22, 2015, 02:40:36 PM »
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  • Phil Edwards , you should have been here yesterday.      Find that one and you have found the mother lode.


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    « Reply #28 on: July 23, 2015, 01:16:27 PM »
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  • Not surf related, But Don Winslow's Power of the Dog was my favorite of his even after reading those that are based in SD and have characters that surf.

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    « Reply #29 on: September 01, 2015, 08:25:15 AM »
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  • Just finished Barbarian Days would highly, highly recommend. Was surprised how much local flavor there was about NYNJ, not having known too much about him going into it.