Mark Butler

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (2 of 2)
Location: Northwest Washington USA
In My Own Words:
Just a guy who likes to read, watch and enjoy life.

I like to read, play games, write, travel, take landscape photos, make movies, just about anything I can think of.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 518,822 - Total Helpful Votes: 2 of 2
U.s.s. Seawolf by Patrick Robinson
U.s.s. Seawolf by Patrick Robinson
The story is gripping, a sub captured, the crew being tortured, the SEAL's being sent in to rescue them. The whole concept is a bit farfetched but fun.
The first section details the mission up to the capture of the sub, its exciting as we follow the sub around sneaking in and out of Chinese waters, evading capture, etc. The actual capture seemed a bit goofy, why didn't the sub just sink when they attached the cables? but you have to give some leeway to get the story rolling.
Then there is the in-between section where the crew is being moved to their jail, being tortured, the SEAL team is being formed, etc.
The big story is the mission to rescue the captives, its all written… Read more
Around the World on a Bicycle, V1 by Thomas Stevens
This simply an amazing book. Back in 1884 when bicycles had just been invented and "wheelmen" rode the bicycles with the giant wheel in the front and the tiny one in the back, Thomas Stevens had nothing better to do so with typical American pluck, decided to obtain a bicycle and ride it all the way around the world. He started off with only his bicycle, a pistol, a jacket and a lot of determination.
This book follows his adventures day by day, mile by mile through 1880's America, Europe and into countries from another era (Yuzgat, Slavonia, Erzingan and Erzeroum for example). It is an absolutely astonishing feat and an amazing adventure. Remember this is only 15 years after… Read more
Give Up ~ Postal Service
Give Up ~ Postal Service
2.0 out of 5 stars One great song, Jan. 15 2004
I purchased this album on the strength of hearing "Such Great Heights". This is an absolutely terrific song, mixing a upbeat electronic tune with great singing and a wonderful topic (lovers separated by distance and a song to "guide you home").
I really expected great things from the rest of the album, alas.. this is the only song like it on the album. The rest of the songs are a mixture of slow-paced (really slow!) songs and upbeat songs about depressing topics.
The album starts off with "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" which is a good example, it starts off with 2 minutes of extremely slow, quiet music.. if you can stay awake long enough it picks… Read more