Listing books published by Arrow Books
|Full title||Eaters of the Dead: The Manuscript of Ibn Fadlan Relating His Experiences with the Northmen in A.D. 922 [permalink]|
|Author||Michael Crichton (author)|
|Original publication year||1976|
|ISBN||978-0-099-22282-8 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
Being the inspiration for the movie The 13th Warrior, this is a story about an Arab's adventures with Vikings, battling a dangerous and mysterious enemy who might or might not be completely human, the Eaters of the Dead (which they do).
I really enjoyed this one, mainly because of the intelligence and questioning nature of the protagonist, the Arab Ahmad ibn Fadlan (a real person). He is sent as an ambassador by the Caliph of Baghdad to the king of the Volga Bulgars, although he never reaches his destination, instead joining a band of Vikings in their quest to beat the wendol, as the Vikings call the Eaters. I give it a thumbs-up.
|Full title||The Old Man and the Sea [permalink]|
|Author||Ernest Hemingway (author)|
|Categories||Adventure and novel|
|Original publication year||1952|
|ISBN||978-0-09-990840-1 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
The story of an old man setting out to sea, and his struggle when he catches the biggest fish of his life.
This is a pretty short book, and a pleasant read it is. It's about an old fisherman in Havana, Santiago, whose luck has run out (he hasn't caught a fish in several months). He has a young apprentice who is then forbidden by his parents to fish with Santiago, because of his unluckiness. The old man sets off in his skiff alone, far out in the sea, and catches a marlin, the biggest fish he's ever caught. The fish is tenacious, and the fight with him lasts for two days.
If you want to know whether or not the old man succeeds, read the book. I definitely recommend it.