Since there's a "movies, movies, movies" thread I decided I'd start this one. What's everyone reading now? What's your favorite read? What's something you plan on reading in the future?
Right now I'm reading "The Long Way Home," by Ed Dover. It's the story of the Pacific Clipper, a Pan Am Boeing 314 flying boat caught in Auckland, New Zealand when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. With Japanese fleets who knows where in the Pacific, the decision was made for them to return to the US by flying westward instead of retracing their flight path to Honolulu. You really have to adjust your mindset to the time, when flying was still dangerous and an adventure. The Pan Am Clippers were the height of travel in the late 1930s, with a round-trip trans-Pacific flight costing about the equivalent of $30,000 dollars today. You dressed for dinner, which was prepared in flight by chefs from 4-star hotels and served on fine china and silver by white-coated stewards. Basically the way the richest of the rich traveled on the Titanic and other passenger liners, or by train. Stops were at all the exotic South Pacific locations - Hawaii, Fiji, New Caledonia - with the journey taking 6 days in all. (The Clippers cruised at 188mph, or 1/3 of a modern airliner's speed.) It helps to have some knowledge of aviation and geography, but if you let your imagination run free I'm sure you'll feel it. I was born 80 years too late!