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Red Rock Disaster by [Brain, Gordon]
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About the Author

Gordon Brain was born in Scotland and studied Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University. He has worked in London and Newcastle and has travelled extensively. His canoeing has taken him to some far corners of the earth, and some closer to home. His interests include canoeing, cycling, mountaineering, music, literature, banjos, huskies and croquet. Among his influences are Jane Austen, William Gibson, Murray Bookchin, Gene Wolfe, Jack Vance and Les Dawson. Red Rock Disaster is his first collection of non fiction stories.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1904 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Gordon Brain; 1 edition (28 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D381OV0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #544,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a slimline volume in three parts; a selection of very droll, yet inspiring, accounts of canoeing trips during which we see the author develop from an absolute novice to something of an expert, then a Pratchett-esque glossary, and finally a couple of new songs to old tunes - you have to work them out for yourself, but it doesn't take long - not nearly as long as it will to get them out of your head afterwards! Mal Grey's splendid preface sets the tone perfectly too.

The striking thing about the canoeing tales is Crow's absolute refusal to be deterred by failure, or the potential for it, or the cold and wet, or lack of suitable equipment - he just keeps going. (I particularly like the spirit shown when a camera meets with, ahem, a mishap; in place of the absent photographs, we get a series of highly illustrative drawings through which the reader understands PRECISELY what happened). And despite that (or perhaps because of it), he ends up rather experienced and something of a celebrity in his field. There's a lesson for us all in there...

Buy this for your pet canoeist. Or for yourself. Or for anyone you suspect of being an armchair canoeist - it might just be the catalyst they need :)
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Gordon (Crow), Brain takes us on some of his most memorable and entertaining journeys. I read his adventures on songofthepaddle.co.uk and find his antics most entertaining. Red Rock Disaster follows this thread with gusto.
Perhaps a Movie should follow... Mr Spacey are you available???
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Well-written, well-observed witty tales of the author's various boaty adventures in delightful parts of Britain. The only criticism I would level is that it's too short - I wanted more of the same!
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This is a great set of tales about boats, islands, adventures against the odds and crazy characters, told with dry humour. The writer really takes you with him. Loved it.
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Sorry, but I really didn't enjoy this Kindle "book". It read like a collection of trip reports lifted from the author's blogs on the Song of The Paddle canoeists website. It's VERY short. Also, the trips featured mainly Scottish coastal "expeditions" so there is very little in it for canadian canoe paddlers who travel more sensibly on lakes and rivers in England and Wales. Disappointed. Bill Mason's books, and Riviere's "Pole, Paddle and Portage" are far better buys for mature canadian canoe paddlers, especially those whose idea of an evening campfire meal extend beyond a pot noodle and a lung full of wacky baccy.
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