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Old 11-24-2012, 03:12 PM   #2476
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In the past few weeks I read 1984 and The Old Man and the Sea....currently a chapter into Lord of the Flies.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:29 PM   #2477
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Post your thoughts on the series.. I read the first novel and liked it a lot.. but havent returned to the series. I liked the vivid imagery and fantasy humor a lot. The way he writes as if hes so amused with his great comedic witticisms does get a bit tiresome. It didnt overall detract from my enjoyment of the book tho.
I usually find any of the Discworld books with Death, Rincewind or Sam Vimes/City Watch to be the best. Some of the early ones like Colour of Magic/The Light Fantastic, Mort and Guards! Guards! are all good.

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This is a fantastic collection of personal letters from 1947-2007. Just great stuff.
I saw that, but didn't pick it up. Might go and get it some time later in the week.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:40 PM   #2478
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I usually find any of the Discworld books with Death, Rincewind or Sam Vimes/City Watch to be the best. Some of the early ones like Colour of Magic/The Light Fantastic, Mort and Guards! Guards! are all good.


I saw that, but didn't pick it up. Might go and get it some time later in the week.
Highly recommended.

Really fascinating and personal stuff.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:50 PM   #2479
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I usually find any of the Discworld books with Death, Rincewind or Sam Vimes/City Watch to be the best. Some of the early ones like Colour of Magic/The Light Fantastic, Mort and Guards! Guards! are all good.

That's interesting because from what I have seen most people prefer the later books in the series.

So I'm nearly finished with the Colour of Magic and it's been pretty good. It starts off a bit slow but once it hits it's stride it's really good. I'll be getting back to the library soon to pick up another one in the series.

So once I'm done with this book Imma start:



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Old 11-26-2012, 02:44 AM   #2480
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The Vonnegut letters were amazing. Such a wonderful collection. Finished it in a few days.

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Old 12-04-2012, 04:54 PM   #2481
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:50 AM   #2482
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Started reading this last night. I'm only two chapters in but it is very well-written. I'm not the most scientifically literate when it comes to the hard sciences but the first two chapters do a very good job of breaking down the concept of space and the electromagnetism in an understandable context. I'm excited for the rest of the book.

I read A Brief History of Time which was good but I think this book has more potential for reaching out to the average reader because it is so accessible.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:05 PM   #2483
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I have forsaken LOTR's Fellowship of the right about 75% in.. May return to it when im in the mood to finish it off, but im sure that it will nearly impossible for me to muster up the interested to continue on into the latter two volumes.

Ive started reading Michael Connelly's new novel The Black Box, which is the latest Harry Bosch story. Ive read a couple chapters so far, not enough to gage its quality or direction.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:29 PM   #2484
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This was a quick, enjoyable read. Neil McCormick was a highschool friend of Bono's and the leader of a pop band which had some limited success before the formation of U2. McCormack spent the 80s and 90s desperately and futilely trying to become famous while his pals were becoming the biggest band in the world.

McCormick eventually becomes a successful music critic and writer and finds happiness once he exorcises his desires for fame and fortune.

A great inside look at the harsh realities of the music business and a treatise on friendship, family and what is truly important in life. What surprised me the most was how nice of a guy Bono comes across. You want to hate him but after reading this book you just can't.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:11 AM   #2485
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I'm reading "Tremendous Trifles" by G.K Chesterton, one of my favorite authors. It's a collection the best essays he wrote for a newspaper in the early 1900's. Great read. Chesterton is intelligent and can be funny some times.

And also "Game of Thrones" from the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Good, fun and esasy to read book.



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Old 12-11-2012, 05:30 PM   #2486
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:29 AM   #2487
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FUCKING FINALLY



And I didn't even get it from the library that I reserved it at over 4 months ago. My buddy bought it and let me borrow it. That's crazy.

Anyway it's good thus far. I expected nothing less from Riordan, although the dialogue has backtracked a bit. The narrative voices of the different narrators gets grating at times because Riordan has tried just a smudge to hard to make them seem like it's not an adult writing them.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:55 AM   #2488
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The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien - 6/10


Reading FOTR it doesnt take long to see how its influenced many fantasy novels of its future. Yet, reading it as something from the past, it is a frustrating task. Its narrative is not an easy read, for it was written in a way that makes it seem as if the author was revealing his story to children who need to be walked through every mood and emotion. His storytelling becomes lethargic and a troublesome task as he proceeds to describe every detail of each territory that the characters encounter, to the very last excruciating detail. The book is 70% description with a paltry 30% of actual story containing dialog or action. Tolkien was in love with minutia. It was difficult enough getting through Fellowship of the Ring that I cant even imagine reading the latter two novels.. The first book is bogged down with so many names and details and lacks vivid narrative clarity.. that I will have to search for a cliff notes web site just to make sure if I recall all the important details that I should. The book is filled with so much info that its difficult to see what exactly is crucial to maintain focus in the remaining parts of the story.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:21 AM   #2489
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Just read an academic paper titled "Liberalization, Moral Hazard in Banking, and Prudential Regulation: Are Capital Requirements Enough" by Hellman, Murdock, and Stiglitz that was really cool. Basically the paper finds that increasing capital requirements can actually give banks the incentive to gamble on riskier investments. The suggestion it makes is that limiting the way banks can compete through the savings rates offered to depositors can constrain the risk taking of banks. Basically, too much competition can be a bad thing in banking. So a kind of perverse situation would arise where regulation w ould limit the return we can receive on our bank deposits in order to protect us from financial crises caused by excessive risk taking by banks. Interesting stuff to think about but it really highlights how counterintuitive banking regulation can be and why we should be cautious about the regulations we propose.

Im sure nobody will bother reading it but i recommend it to any fellow econ nerds.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:47 AM   #2490
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The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien - 6/10


Reading FOTR it doesnt take long to see how its influenced many fantasy novels of its future. Yet, reading it as something from the past, it is a frustrating task. Its narrative is not an easy read, for it was written in a way that makes it seem as if the author was revealing his story to children who need to be walked through every mood and emotion. His storytelling becomes lethargic and a troublesome task as he proceeds to describe every detail of each territory that the characters encounter, to the very last excruciating detail. The book is 70% description with a paltry 30% of actual story containing dialog or action. Tolkien was in love with minutia. It was difficult enough getting through Fellowship of the Ring that I cant even imagine reading the latter two novels.. The first book is bogged down with so many names and details and lacks vivid narrative clarity.. that I will have to search for a cliff notes web site just to make sure if I recall all the important details that I should. The book is filled with so much info that its difficult to see what exactly is crucial to maintain focus in the remaining parts of the story.

The 2nd book is much better and has one of the best cliff hangers in literature imo.
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