Early spirituality is absolutely fascinating!
This was a non-fiction page turner. Douglas Preston is a writer for National Geographic who traveled into the Honduran rainforest with an expedition to search for the fabled Lost City of the Monkey God. I raced through this book, eager to read of their findings and learn about the history of this lost civilization.
I just finished this one for my public library book club. I love Douglas Preston‘s fiction, so I was excited to read The Lost City. It did not disappoint!
I studied anthropology in college so I was familiar with a lot of the history discussed, but Preston tells a really engaging story.
My current “in real life” book club read (with #Pumpkins).
The first chapter of this true story, with its disgusting disease-bearing insects and necrotizing flesh from the bite of a pit viper, is pretty #Screamathon-worthy in itself. 😳
1) Lost City of the Monkey God was scientific and exciting. That's a winning combo in my book!
2) Sissy. Because my sibling couldn't pronounce my real name.
3) Ohh, tough choice! Mozzarella sticks are amazing, but it's hard to beat crispy onion rings.
4) More hiking! I've spent the week touring national parks and I'm not done yet!
5) Just two. ☹ "Es ist Freitag" and "it's Friday!"
#friyayintro @howjessreads @nerdcornerbooks
So, I originally picked this up to be polite as a new friend had strongly recommended it.Good grief, I had no idea adventures like this could happen in the real world! Douglas Preston was part of an expedition to search for a fabled "lost city" in Honduras back in 2015. Preston's story is chock full of huge snakes, infectious diseases, and well- researched history in a part of the world which I know little about.
#realadventure #travel #truestory
Cindy, what great choices! Thank you so much! I totally have almost bought the tagged book no less than 5 different times, but it has just never quite made it home with me. I will probably be reading both books quite soon 🥰 #oldmeetsnewgiveaway @Cinfhen
Pathogens have no boundaries; they are the ultimate travelers; they go wherever there‘s human fuel. We First Worlders have become far too complacent in the idea that disease, especially NTDs [neglected tropical diseases], can be quarantined to the Third World, and that we can live safely in our communities supposedly gated against pathogens, ignoring the suffering of the poor and sick in faraway lands.
I loved The Lost City of Z. And I‘m loving this. I think I have a thing for reading about people who are brave enough to walk into jungles and rainforests that are literally designed to kill anything foreign that happens to tread on their grounds.
I was having a hard time waking my brain up today, so my husband and I each read a bit while waiting for our #brunch (it was delicious!). I don't drink coffee and IHOP doesn't serve chai, so hot chocolate was a welcome substitute.
My Blind Date book from Indie Book Day is so good so far! A nonfiction chronicle of the search for a lost city in Honduras with an Indiana Jones meets Jon Krakauer vibe. Fascinating! (Though jungle snakes are scary!)
Reading partially like a history book and part like a expedition journal, The Lost City of the Monkey God was able to keep my interest throughout. I found myself looking up photos of fer-de-lances and leishmaniasis, imagining what it was like in the jungle. To celebrate finishing the book and to keep the sense of adventure going, I went paddleboarding this morning down the river.
It's one of those days where I just want to crawl back in bed with my book and forget the world for a minute. At least I have a good book waiting for me when I get home from work.
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My current read. I love shows like Expedition Unknown and this seems to be right up that alley. History, archeology, and adventure are always a good mix.
It is amazing that with all of the achievements of the human race, there are still ancient civilisations that are a mystery to us. Whose cultures are forgotten, and whose cities are hidden in thick expanses of impenetrable jungle, untouched by humans in hundreds of years.
This was an interesting and decade spanning journey, and I loved how easy it was to follow. Douglas does an amazing job of describing the work that went into...cont👇🏻
I don‘t think I enjoyed this as much as y‘all did @cinfhen @GlassAsDiamonds I didn‘t enjoy the audiobook at all. (The narrator wasn‘t that great.) And when I switched back to print, I had kind of lost my enthusiasm. It‘s still a pick, just not a superstar one.
My usual background blue chair is being reupholstered so I‘ve gone green!
Many many thanks to @Cinfhen and @Megabooks for prodding to me read this one, it was thoroughly worth falling behind my #Booked2019 list! Part narrative history, part archeology, part study of humanity, part epidemiology and part examination of Old World hubris, The Lost City of the Monkey God is an engrossing, wild ride that I highly recommend.
I‘m going to make the next anti-vaxer I meet read this chapter (& if you‘re indeed anti vaccine, I challenge you to spend a month working with polio survivors in subcontinental India where the disease still claims lives, then get back to me). Less facetiously, I‘d read something similar on disease effects on Indigenous populations in North America but it‘s still staggering each time.
Hey @Cinfhen and @GlassAsDiamonds 👋🏻 I think I‘m going to finish this up on audio during my 11-hour-each-way road trip this weekend! The library had it, and I‘m at a good spot for my dad to jump in and listen with me. Plus I think he‘ll enjoy it. He likes adventure books. 😊👍🏻🐒
Great idea... head off into a tropical jungle without antivenin... 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ Clearly the author survived but apparently by a miracle... @Megabooks how‘s your read going? ( @Cinfhen .... those spoiler tags are calling me 😜😜😜😜).
This true account of Douglas Preston‘s spectacular quest into the Honduran rain forest has a crazy Indiana Jones feel to it, yet this was a serious scientific expedition. The lure of an ancient treasure & curse only adds to the adventure, proving there are still places on Earth that are uncharted and contain multitudes of history waiting to be unearthed. And it‘s a super fascinating story🐲🌴🐒 Highly recommend
“By invading the valley, we were like clueless civilians wandering onto a battlefield and getting shot to pieces in the crossfire.” Preston explaining what happens when man enters regions of the planet where they are not meant to be. The Honduran rainforest is its own ecosystem and had been undisturbed for centuries, the arrival of the expedition threatened the norm. This book is SO GOOD @Megabooks @GlassAsDiamonds I can‘t put it down!!
I‘m LOVING this book @Megabooks @GlassAsDiamonds ( not so much my green detox smoothie 🤢) I thought this passage was pretty ominous. “It amazes me that a valley so primeval and unspoiled could still exist in the twenty-first century. It was truly a lost world, a place that did not want us and where we did not belong.” #FamousLastWords #11
“Now that I was about to be a passenger I looked at the plane more attentively, and I did not like what I saw. “What‘s with the oil streak?” I asked Chuck. “Don‘t worry about that,” he said... “ @Megabooks @GlassAsDiamonds get out your popcorn, ice cream or on my case peanut M&M‘s I think we found another #FamousLastWords #LostTogether Douglas Preston is about to fly over the Honduran Rainforest on a recon mission in an old unsafe plane!!!
Huh? The author was discussing Honduras being called the “Banana Republic” and the relationship between United Fruit and the government. I‘m kind of surprised that banana is that big a seller at Walmart. 🤷🏻♀️
🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ Oh good lord, seriously. This is why hikers and bush walkers (usually tourists I‘m afraid to say) die yearly in Australia. Deadly things usually disdain “We‘ll be fine” theories.
I wonder @Cinfhen & @Megabooks , if we should have a drinking game: a shot every time someone does exactly one of these things Woody‘s warning them not to do? We‘d probably better use chocolate though, I suspect we‘d be drunk too quickly!
Only on page 7 and I‘m freaking out!!!! Journalist Douglas Preston has just been briefed on all the deadly insects and snakes that live in the Honduran Rainforest, where he will be covering an expedition. After listening to the horrors that await him, his reply “We would be fine.” Ummm, something tells me that‘s not how it‘s gonna go. #FamousLastWords #LostTogether @Megabooks
#TimbitTunes Hoping to start this NF #buddyread with @Megabooks today 🐒🐒🐒we‘re gonna get #LostTogether in the Honduran rainforest 🌴🦋🦎Did you want to join @vivastory ?? Anyone else want to get #LostTogether???
I enjoyed this book! I was saddened by the controversy in the archaeological community over the site at the end, and I hope that the team was as ethical about the excavation as Preston presented it here. LIDAR is an astonishing tool, if you‘re interested in learning about it check out some of the work that has been done on WWI battlefields. Photo is from an excavation I participated in, in Mexico, not nearly as dangerous as the one described here!
#NoFemmeber Sorry I‘ve been knocked out all day by a killer migraine. Since the days of explorer Hernan Cortes, rumors have circulated about an ancient #lost city of immense wealth. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 2009 Doug Preston joined a group of scientist in a quest to uncover The #Lost City of the Monkey God.
I‘m a sucker for adventure stories, this one being no exception. I was hooked from beginning to end. I loved all of the drama, science, and personalities. Large amounts of history are provided, from Honduran history and culture to Old World diseases to archaeology. I enjoyed it all. Any recommendations for similar reads?
I‘ve been very sick the past week and paired with a major reading slump, I‘m feeling so unmotivated and out of the loop. I‘m hoping these nonfiction titles get my butt into gear! I‘m absolutely LOVING The Lost City of the Monkey God and can‘t wait to start The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs!!