Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Interesting idea for orienteering PRA Norwegian guy, Eskil Aasmul, has written a thriller, in part as a way to get some PR for orienteering. It is an interesting idea.
You can read Jan Kocbach's short interview with the author and a review of the book.
My Norwegian isn't great, but I've made my way through the first 50 pages or so without much trouble.
I'm aware of three other orienteering fiction books. One is a Hardy Boy's book about orienteering. It shows up on Amazon, and I'm absolutely sure I read it. But nothing - not a thing - about the story stuck with me. Another is Wilf Holloway's murder mystery. I have a vague recollection that I started it, but didn't finish. A third is a Swedish book that follows some kids (maybe 12-14 years old) in an orienteering competition. It was written for a 12 year old audience - and I read it when I was probably 25 - so it didn't do much for me. I can't remember the name of the book or the author. That's a bit embarrassing because I've met the author. He was a member of Lunds OK. I met him when I was running for Lund for a season back in the late 1980s.
Here is a short description of the Hardy Boy's book:
The Hardys travel to Idaho to learn the wilderness sport of orienteering, but Frank, Joe, and their instructor, Rob Niles, run into some treacherous terrain, and their courage and resourcefulness are stretched to the limit.
Idaho?! I wonder if they had trouble with the map?
ck to okansas.blogspot.com. posted by Michael | 8:02 PM
Rob Buchanan, Ausralian-American member of HVO, wrote a short story set in the future. I found it interesting and believable when I read it in the early 80's. The future he wrote about might be now, so I'd find it very interesting to reread.
I forgot to say it, but the subject was indeed orienteering, possibly a WOC setting, with an Australian contending for the gold, although I might getting reality confused with fiction. :-)EricWPost a Comment