I'm an adventuresome soul. I love to try out new things, see new places, eat new foods and meet new people.
I've kayaked, hiked, flown an airfoil kite, skydived hundreds of times, mountain biked, kept honeybees for more than a decade and many other things.
I also dearly love to lose myself in a good book. Science fiction and fantasy are my favorite genres.
I love to read! Here is a short list of books that I have enjoyed.
Science Fiction / Fantasy
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
A Gift of Wings | Richard Bach
Dune, Dune Messiah & 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
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 Wise Man's Fear | 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
3001 The Final Odyssey | Arthur C. Clarke
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
The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas
Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
R is for Rocket | Ray Bradbury
Ringworld | Larry Niven
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
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
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
The Way of Shadows | Brent Weeks
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
5 Stars | These are great!
First Lessons in Beekeeping | C. P. Dadant
Business and Life
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
Sell or be Sold: How to get your way in business and in life | Grant Cardone
Secrets of a Master Closer: A simpler, easier, and faster way to sell anything to anyone, anytime, anywhere | Mike Kaplan
Basic Economics - Fifth Edition | Thomas Sowell
Managing Business Ethics - Sixth Edition | Linda K. Treviño & Katherine A. Nelson
Personality and Self Understanding
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
Science and Technology
View from a Height | Isaac Asimov
Adding a Dimension | Isaac Asimov
Atom | Isaac Asimov
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.
Cascade Mountain Range!
I grew up in the foothills of the Cascades. I love the forest!
I've put many miles on this bicycle.
Buzz, Buzz, Buzz!
I kept bees for over a decade. There are few things tastier than honey from your own apiary (bee farm) on home baked bread! It is quite satisfying to watch a dozen worker bees peacefully and calmly crawl over your hand lapping up drops of honey! Great memories!
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!
I've floated the Snohomish River, gone on a sea kayaking tour in the San Juan Islands and skimmed across a small lake.
Being on two wheels is fun!
I put 38k+ miles on this 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250 motorcycle.