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Recreational Interests

I'm an adventuresome soul. I love to try out new things. I've kayaked, hiked, flown a fancy kite, skydived, mountain biked, engaged in beekeeping, photography. I dearly love to lose myself in a good book. My favorite subjects are surely scifi/fantasy, but I do enjoy non-fiction.

Favorite Books

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I love to read. Here is a short list of books that I have especially enjoyed.



Science Fiction / Fantasy

Ranking

5 Stars | The authors of these books have done suprebly well in capturing my imagination! These books have had a profound impact on my life.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull | Richard Bach

Dune, Dune Messuah & Children of Dune | Frank Herbert

The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy | J. R. R. Tolkien

Terraforming Earth | Jack Williamson

Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars | Kim Stanley Robinson

The Debt to Pleasure | John Lanchester




Ranking

4 Stars | Great books! Worth the read. High compliments to the skills and talents of the authors!

The Martian | Andy Wier

The Name of the Wind | Patrick Rothfuss

The Edge of Tomorrow | Isaac Asimov

Atlas Shrugged | Ayn Rand

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance | Robert M. Pirsig

Foundation Series | Isaac Asimov

Achilles' Choice | Larry Niven and Steven Barnes

Harry Potter Series | J. K. Rowling

Hyperion | Dan Simmons

The Dragonriders of Pern | Anne McCaffrey

Dragonsdawn | Anne McCaffrey

The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide | Douglas Adams

Life of Pi | Yann Martel

Ready Player One | Ernest Cline

Ender's Game | Orson Scott Card

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse) | James S. A. Corey

Caliban's War | James S. A. Corey

Abaddon's Gate | James S. A. Corey

Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes

The Sparrow | Mary Doria Russell

The Call of the Wild | Jack London

White Fang | Jack London

The Sea-Wolf | Jack London

My Side of the Mountain Trilogy | Jean Craighead George

Hornblower Saga | C. S. Forester

The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame

Redwall Series | Brian Jacques

A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle

A Door in the Wind | Madeleine L'Engle

A Swiftly Tilting Planet | Madeleine L'Engle

An Acceptable Time | Madeleine L'Engle

Many Waters | Madeleine L'Engle

The Bourne Identity | Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Supremacy | Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Ultimatum | Robert Ludlum

The Perfect Storm | Sebastian Junger

The Flight of the Phoenix | Elleston Trevor

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea | Jules Verne

Around the World in Eighty Days | Jules Verne

Treasure Island | Robert Lopuis Stevenson

Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe

Swiss Family Robinson | Johann David Wyss

Lord of the Flies | William Golding

Watership Down | Richard Adams

The Chronicles of Narnia | C. S. Lewis

One | Richard Bach

Running from Safety | Richard Bach

Biplane | Richard Bach

Nothing By Chance | Richard Bach

Stranger to the Ground | Richard Bach

Illusions-The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah | Richard Bach

The Bridge Across Forever | Richard Bach

Hypnotizing Maria | Richard Bach

A Gift of Wings | Richard Bach

The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas

Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront

R is for Rocket | Ray Bradbury

Ringworld | Larry Niven

The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss




Ranking

3 Stars | Good or "Average." Definitely worth the time to read.

I, Robot | Isaac Asimov

The Deep Range | Arthur C. Clarke

Einstein's Bridge | John Cramer

2312 | Kim Stanley Robinson

The Princess Bride | William Goldman

A Princess of Mars | Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rendezvous with Rama | Arthur C. Clarke

The Hammer of God | Arthur C. Clarke

3001 The Final Odyssey | Arthur C. Clarke

Correllian Trilogy | Roger Macbride Allen

Contact | Carl Sagan

The Phantom of the Opera | Gaston Leroux

Minority Report | Philip K. Dick

The Flag Captain | Alexander Kent

The BFG | Roald Dahl

Island of the Blue Dolphins | Scott O'Dell

Animorphs Series | Katherine Applegate

A Journey to the Center of the Earth | Jules Verne

Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer

Utopia | Sir Thomas More

The Iliad of Homer | Translated by Andrew Lang, Walter Leaf and Ernest Meyers

The Odyssey | Translated by W. H. D. Rouse

The Screwtape Letters | C. S. Lewis

Tuck Everlasting | Natalie Babbitt

Moby Dick | Herman Melville

The Last Unicorn | Peter S. Beagle

Cloud Atlas | David Mitchell

Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen

1984 | George Orwell

The Ringworld Engineers | Larry Niven

The Hunt for Red October | Tom Clancy




Ranking

2 Stars | Noteworthy, but not ranking as high as others.

Spin State | Chris Moriarty

Meg | Steve Aiten

Planet of the Apes | Pierre Boulle

Renegades of Time | Raymond F. Jones

Brave New World | Aldous Huxley

The Jungle Books | Rudyard Kipling

The Great Gatsby | F. SCott Fitzgerald

Animal Farm | George Orwell

The Giver | Lois Lowry

A Natural History of Dragons | Marie Brennan

Voyage of the Basilisk | Marie Brennan

The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? | Philip K. Dick

The Bourne Legacy | Eric Van Lustbader

The Time Machine | H. G. Wells

Beowolf | Translated by Burton Raffel

Siddhartha | Hermann Hesse

Fahrenheit 451 | Ray Bradbury

Moonrise | Ben Bova

Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie




Ranking

1 Star | Bottom of the barrel in my list of favorites.

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days | Alastair Reynolds

The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger

Catch-22 | Joseph Heller



Non-Fiction

Ranking

5 Stars | These are great!

First Lessons in Beekeeping | C. P. Dadant


The Oilfield Survival Guide Vol.1 | Matther J. Hatami, P.E.

The Toyota Way | Jeffery K. Liker

Extreme Ownership | Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth | Col. Chris Hadfield


Please Understand Me II | David Keirsey


The Student Pilot's Flight Manual | William Kershner

Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook | Rod Machado

Weather Flying | Robert N. Buck and Robert O. Buck

Say Again, Please Guide to Radio Communications | Bob Gardner


View from a Height | Isaac Asimov

Adding a Dimension | Isaac Asimov

Atom | Isaac Asimov




Skydiving

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Good times!

304 skydives. Two demonstration jumps. USPA C-license. About 18 hours of tunnel time at iFLY Seattle. Primary focus on 4-way RW. More than a decade in the sport. Also, FAA Senior Parachute Rigger (Back and Seat Rated). Home Drop Zone: Skydive Snohomish. Gear: Infinity, PD Spectre 150 main, PD 143 Reserve, Vigil AAD.

Hiking

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Cascade Mountain Range!

I grew up in the foothills of the Cascades. I love the forest. I've been called a mountain goat.

Cycling

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Mountain Biking

I've put many miles on this bicycle.

Beekeeping

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Buzz, Buzz, Buzz!

I kept bees for over a decade. There aren't many things as tasty as honey from your own apiary (bee farm) on home baked bread or as satisfying as watching a dozen worker bees crawling over your hand lapping up drops of honey! Great memories!

Scuba Diving

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Drysuits are awesome!

I have a total of 5 dives under my belt. NAUI Open Water Scuba Diver certification. Drysuits are great for PNW diving. Many thanks for the lessons, Jason!

Kayaking

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Snohomish River

I've floated the Snohomish River, gone on a sea kayaking tour in the San Juan Islands and skimmed across a small lake.

Motorcycling

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Being on two wheels is fun!

I put 38k+ miles on this 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250 motorcycle.