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Recent Dive Pictures
Les Davis - September 6, 2009

Sea Tiger - September 17, 2009

The Pipe - September 17, 2009

San Pedro - September 18, 2009

Kaiser Reef - September 18, 2009


Race History
Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon
August 1, 2009
2:42:49 (2:42:28)

Seafair Torchlight Run 8k
July 25, 2009
48:30

Inaugural Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon
June 27, 2009
2:39:41 (2:08:44)

Sound To Narrows 12k
June 13, 2009
1:11:19 (1:10:33)

Furry 5k
June 7, 2009
28:25 (27:28)

Tacoma City Half Marathon
May 3, 2009
2:05:52 (2:05:15)

The 12ks Of Christmas
December 14, 2008
CANCELED

Seattle Half Marathon
November 30, 2008
2:28:59 (2:25:52)

Winter Pineapple Classic 5k
November 16, 2008
34:26

Bank To Bay 10k
September 7, 2008
54:15 (53:47)

Furry 5k
June 8, 2008
32:51:9 (32:53:7)

Tacoma City Marathon
May 10, 2008
5:21:13 (5:19:58)

St. Patrick's Day Dash
March 16, 2008
30:31 (30:31)

Hood to Coast Relay
August 24-25, 2007
Leg 3 - 3.93 Miles - 34:43
Leg 15 - 7.25 Miles - 1:16:21
Leg 27 - 5.98 Miles - 1:03:28

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Run
July 15, 2007
(33:09)

Furry 5k
June 10, 2007
28:05

Capital City Half Marathon
May 20, 2007
2:22:21 (2:21:30)

St. Patrick's Day Dash
March 11, 2007
30:31 (30:34)

The 12ks Of Christmas
December 17, 2006
1:11:24 (1:10:41)

Jingle Bell Run 5k
December 10, 2006
(32:29)

Winter Pineapple Classic 5k
November 11, 2006
46:23

Bank To Bay 10k
September 10, 2006
56:26 (55:32)

Seafair Torchlight Run 8k
July 29, 2006
47:25

Furry 5k
June 11, 2006
30:22 (29:29)

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Read Harder 2017 - Read a Fantasy Novel

The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle


Read January 6 - January 23


A book that I've been aware of for many years, but like Lord of the Rings, a book that I also haven't ever read. I have a number of friends who love this book and swear about the quality of its fantasy elements.

This copy was acquired when I purchased a collection of eBooks from Humble Bundle, and my first attempt at a Read Harder challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to finally read it.

I originally started to read this back in December, but had to put it down because of a library book that was finally available, and decided later to use this as my Read A Fantasy Novel selection.

To say that I struggled through this read is an understatement. I don't want to say that it was boring, but it rarely held my attention and I found myself not really caring if any of the character made their way out of whatever mis-adventure that they found themselves in.

A user on a specialty press's forum told me:

"The Last Unicorn is an odd little book. It doesn't quite fit into the regular mold for fantasy, it's not Tolkien-esque high fantasy, nor Howard-esque low fantasy, but instead hearkens more, in some ways, to Lord Dunsany. In some ways it's a series of parables, in others a satire, but beneath it all it's poetic escapism. The pacing is odd and maybe a bit clunky, but I'd rather that than a paint by numbers fantasy story.

It seems nowadays that fantasy has rigid parameters, mostly inspire by the aforementioned Tolkien and Howard. Admittedly now it is expanding a bit again, but I really loved the earlier works (say pre-Tolkien, or just post-Tolkien) when fantasy felt more free."

I do wonder if it's the pacing that I struggled with in such a way that it made me not enjoy the book?