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Arctic Glass: Six Years of Adventure in Alaska and Beyond

Arctic Glass: Six Years of Adventure in Alaska and Beyond [Kindle Edition]

Jill Homer
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"Arctic Glass: Six Years of Adventure in Alaska and Beyond" is a collection of thirty-three essays from the popular outdoor lifestyle blog "Jill Outside." In 2005, Jill Homer launched her online journal, originally titled "Up in Alaska," with the intent to document daily adventures from the perspective of a small-town journalist who recently moved to the Last Frontier.

Anecdotes about quirky Alaskan customs grew into musings about maintaining an active lifestyle during the long winters of the far north. Jill's early accounts of cycling misadventures drew readers from all over the world, who were curious about the strange notion of "snow biking." The blog quickly took on a life of its own as readers encouraged Jill to pursue a burgeoning interest in this esoteric extreme sport. What followed is a transformation that few could have predicted — Jill's development into an endurance athlete who crossed 350 miles of Alaska’s frozen wilderness under her own power, went on to complete a 2,700-mile mountain bike race, and eventually took up ultramarathon-distance trail running.

This anthology compiles the best essays of "Jill Outside" from the thousands of posts that have appeared on the Web site, with commentary to provide a succinct timeline of events. The essays chronicle the adventures of an unlikely athlete who takes on harsh challenges in the frozen wilderness of Alaska, the Utah desert, and the Himalayas of Nepal. Endurance racing, overcoming seemingly impossible challenges, and self-actualization amid stunning outdoor landscapes are common themes in these compelling vignettes about "The Adventure of Life."

The writer has been praised for her ability to draw readers directly into the vivid heart of her adventures, whether or not they possess an interest in running a hundred miles in temperatures well below zero, or simply want to disappear for a few minutes into the stark white dreamscape of frozen Alaska. Jill Homer writes from the perspective of an ordinary woman, the kind of nonathletic person who was content to remain unnoticed in the background, but who is driven by awe and love of beautiful landscapes to pursue extraordinary feats.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 925 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Arctic Glass Press (17 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090CITPC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Article glass 18 Jan 2013
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You have to admire the get up and go here. Jill seems a glutton for punishment but comes up trumps every time. A very good read and great value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 20 Dec 2012
By Kevin
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Anyone needing inspiration to leave the house on a cold,dark day should read this book. The author seeks out the toughest challenges and keeps you glued to the page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 14 Dec 2012
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Jill Homer describes the gruelling races ,along with personal, pysical and mental difficulies and the beauty of her harsh surrondings
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but exasperating 14 Aug 2013
By Quercus
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I found “Arctic Glass” an exasperating book to read because of the hundreds of errors it contains (I stopped recording them after noting 223). Not exactly “Six Years of Adventure in Alaska and Beyond” but rather an anthology of several discrete adventures spread over a period of six years, the journeys recorded in “Arctic Glass” are interesting and Homer has a pleasing underlying style of writing marred only by the inexcusable mistakes of a sometime newspaper editor with a degree in journalism.

Homer adopts all the shortcomings found in much of contemporary American writing, for example by assuming that all her readers are totally familiar with all aspects of American life and by using adjectives as nouns and nouns as verbs but then, both in style and terminology, adds several defects of her own. Repeatedly, she gives the impression of having picked up a word which she likes but with the meaning or usage of which she is not wholly conversant. Merely as three of many examples, she consistently uses the word “odometer” (a device for recording distance travelled) to refer to her speedometer, which is an entirely different instrument; mistakenly uses “relishes in” as a replacement for “revels in” and describes pitching or setting up camp as “breaking camp”. Of more concern are Homer’s use of inappropriate tenses and voices; her inability to differentiate between subject and object pronouns, adjectives and adverbs or transitive and intransitive verbs and an apparent unfamiliarity with the subjunctive. Even if such solecisms are overlooked, the many sentences which do not make sense, which omit necessary words or include unnecessary words all detract from her accounts and should have been corrected by adequate proof-reading before publication.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Six years of adventure 6 Feb 2014
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This is the second Jill Homer book I have read and I am really enjoying it, so much so i have subscribed to her blog, Arctic Glass Jill Outside.
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