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Old 12-12-2012, 01:29 AM   #2521
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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   #2522
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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   #2523
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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   #2524
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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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Old 12-13-2012, 12:04 PM   #2525
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The 2nd book is much better and has one of the best cliff hangers in literature imo.
I was hoping that was the case..lol... I may start reading it and just take at the same moderate pace that I read the first one. Ill let the quality create my momentum..lol.. I hate leaving series hanging as well, so its an inevitability that ill end up reading them out of pure OCD.. haha
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:08 PM   #2526
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The Black Box by Michael Connelly - 8.5/10
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:07 PM   #2527
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A Wanted Man by Lee Child - 7.8/10
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:18 PM   #2528
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Can I please get some suggestions for history /international policy/war type books? And please no US Civil War books.

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Old 12-18-2012, 04:35 PM   #2529
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Can I please get some suggestions for history /international policy/war type books? And please no US Civil War books.


Well... do you want pop history? Or like serious monographs?
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:36 PM   #2530
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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.

Yeah that book is awesome.
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