◦ Castaway Odyssey by Eric Flint & Ryk E. Spoor
This is apparently book 5 in a series, but so far it seems to stand alone just fine. When I read the dedication to Heinlein for his juveniles and to Armstrong Sperry for Call It Courage, I knew this book would be right up my alley: 1 adult and 4 kids (ages 18 down to 8) in a lifeboat must find their way to a previously unknown planet and survive...
◦ Summit by Harry Farthing
audio download read by the author
Unlike some authors who read their own fiction, Farthing does a pretty good job with different voices, etc. Much of the story has to do with Mount Everest, with quite a lot happening in Kathmandu so far, so I may end up counting it as my Nepal read for the 666 challenge. The action has been switching back and forth between 1938 and 2009, and both stories are compelling, with sympathetic protagonists and suitably nasty villains. Since this is audio, I looked up some info about the book to confirm the spelling of Sarron's name - my brain kept wanting to make it Sauron. ;)
Apparently the author is a climber himself, so I'm guessing those scenes are reasonably accurate. As for the mysterious ice axe, that's what fiction is for, right?
◦ Surviving Paradise by Peter Rudiak-Gouldhttp://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12694750
Of course, someone claimed the one TBR book I had in the nonfiction VBB...so now I'm trying to finish it so I can send it off!
I live on a much larger island than Ujae, but nevertheless some elements of Peter's story are familiar. I've met a number of Pacific islanders and although I don't know them well, I've learned a (very) little about their customs, etc. I recently attended an event featuring food made from breadfruit ( https://www.flickr.com/---/dateposted-public/
) - and learned a lot more about it - so I was interested to read his comments about that.
Day 1 (Fri 10/27): 3 hrs 49 mins
Running total for October: 3 hrs 49 mins
Goal: 24 hours in 7 days