M. Smith

"M Smith"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (2 of 2)
Location: London


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Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Sh&hellip by Mike Mullane
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It's not about an astronaut, but alot more. Mike's opening gambit of an enema to produce "dazzling pipes" for astronaut selection shows someone so singularly focussed to do whatever it takes to be successful, that I read on. From life in the Mullane household, early military life and then fast forward to NASA, I too shared Mike's adventure and dream to get into space.

Brontė, Mike's book is NOT. The language ranges from crude `Merican schoolboy, to political incorrectness/AD and inner stream of consciousness of a locker room e.g. Viet pilot, "Better Dead than Look Bad", scepticism of female astronauts, passengers, etc. yet times eventually catch up during Mike's transition to… Read more
South: The Endurance Expedition by Ernest Shackleton
South: The Endurance Expedition by Ernest Shackleton
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, 2 Aug 2013
It is more than a crew's experience of a woeful failed 1914-17 trans-polar Antarctica expedition but, via Shackleton's own words, a book that shows failure turned on its head when man is mentally stripped and truly tested in the most craven of icescapes.

Reading Shackleton's first hand account shows the frustration of navigating to 76oC S then pushed back again to 69oC, endless drifting, 24hr watch of gauging icepack, striking camp, rationing, camping on a floe for months then move at a split second's notice, rowing (and bailing) in enormous swells, and tedium, though spirit is resolute and survival the main goal in the numbing bleakness; the spectre of death is never far away… Read more
The Tea Planter's Children by Eve Baker
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in childhood, 20 Dec 2006
Like most books, the back cover tempts with references to Ghandi, rise of facisim, etc. but the book has little of that. It's better for the fact it isn't a history lesson, but a pleasurable book of simple childhood innocence and (mis)adventure set around the British life and lives on a colonial tea plantation during the early 1930s.

I enjoyed reading this book because, in a way, I wish it had been me who had the adventure.

It is not delicate, flowery in use of language or overly-evocative, but written from a child's matter-of-fact perspective with accompanying outrage, fear, delight and sadness.

I would recommend reading this book.

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