Deliverance by James Dickey - 4/5 Good read. I came upon Dickey after seeing a mention by Cormac McCarthy in an interview of his book To The White Sea. I did try to read To The White Sea and got too busy to make it through, but ended up picking up Deliverance at a used bookstore. The gist of it is that a dude is going with a few friends on a canoe trip down a river in Georgia. Then of course something goes wrong and propels them into your typical survival-adventure story plot. Despite that, the way it's written is very compelling, especially through the last half. Also a couple weeks ago, I had watched 127 Hours and then watched a bunch of interviews and the Dateline program on that dude. Some of the sentiments in this book and that real-life survival story bizarrely match up quite well. I'm sure James Dickey didn't live through any of it, but he seems to have gotten it spot on. Also, I have to say that because a couple of the dudes use a bow and arrow, parts of this reminded me of the part in Cryptonomicon where..... Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler main character and his girlfriend are in a river being shot at with a bow and arrow by his former college roommate -- the part where the book had hit its limit in its spiral to ridiculousness and jumped the shark, in my opinion -- except James Dickey made that scenario believable instead of ridiculous. Seriously, Neal Stephenson, wtf was that. If you liked that part in Cryptonomicon, Deliverance totally blows it away.