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I actually first heard of Hiaasen in a Jimmy Buffett song about 20 years ago, and he was always an "I should check him out sometime" interest. I wish I'd checked him out back then, because I can't get enough of his stuff. It really is fun; his sense of humor is right up my alley. Plus, it's incredibly readable. I've just been rolling through every book.

Thanks for the suggestions, FLMM. I'd actually thought about asking if you had any recs for Florida authors to check out so I don't burn out on Hiaasen.

He wrote a non-fiction book about Disney that's hilarious. It's really short but worth a look. He's also an incredibly entertaining speaker.

I believe I mentioned him in the unexpected encounters with celebrities thread (where the hell did that thread go, by the way?) years ago - I'd met him a few times through work and he always gives a talk at the Miami International Book Fair. A long time ago (late 90's) I stopped in on the talk and was leaning against a wall, in between potted palm trees, watching him for a bit. A large, deathly pale man asked if he could lean against the wall too, which was a little awkward because of the space. I said sure though, and then realized it was Stephen King and he actually thought he could hide in between me and the palm tree.
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It's a slow interesting read so far, perfect for the start of fall. It takes place in the region north of me and I've just renewed my interest in the outdoors so I'm really into it. The book has also let me in on a lot of forestry insight I had never knows before, like the positive effects of forest fires.
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(Re)found. For the sci-fi fans here
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(Re)found. For the sci-fi fans here

Ringworld was pretty awesome when I read it in high school. No idea if it would hold up or not, but enjoy.
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Lol. I humbly submit classics of this stature never stop "holding up".
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Dunno. On a whim (needed reading material for a couple of flights) I just re-read the first two books of the Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever series, which I first read when I was 12 or 14 or something.
Hellfire - they're fucking terrible! crackup[1].gif
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Bukowski's hero. Fun read.
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Originally Posted by FLMountainMan View Post

He wrote a non-fiction book about Disney that's hilarious. It's really short but worth a look. He's also an incredibly entertaining speaker.

I believe I mentioned him in the unexpected encounters with celebrities thread (where the hell did that thread go, by the way?) years ago - I'd met him a few times through work and he always gives a talk at the Miami International Book Fair. A long time ago (late 90's) I stopped in on the talk and was leaning against a wall, in between potted palm trees, watching him for a bit. A large, deathly pale man asked if he could lean against the wall too, which was a little awkward because of the space. I said sure though, and then realized it was Stephen King and he actually thought he could hide in between me and the palm tree.

I very nearly gave the Disney book a try before I picked up Double Whammy, but I'm taking the family there soon and figured it was best if I didn't risk further inflaming my natural cynicism.

I bet Hiaasen was an interesting guy to talk to, if for nothing else than some cool stories about South Florida and the Everglades back in the day.
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I bet Hiaasen was an interesting guy to talk to,

I'm sure he is an interesting guy to talk to.
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Really enjoyed this. That dry scientific style of well sourced writing but everything ties back to his overall them and there's a strand of story through everything. Learned so much. Been looking at things differently

Basically it's about how humans have two systems of thinking. 1 is a very intuitive emotional quick judgment type. 2 is a very logical thorough type. Only 1 occurs first and tends to distort perception and cognition before it reaches 2. A lot of the book is about cognitive biases, why they occur, how to think about them. The later part is about utility theory vs prospect theory. I like the slight historical context he gives to things. You do read about his time in the Israeli military a lot
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I actually had fewer pages than I thought--there were a bunch of footnotes at the back of my Nook edition. Anyway: great book and I already downloaded The Dark Forest. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Oops. Forgot to update. I finished Dark Forest and am on the newly-released Death's End, the final book in the trilogy. Good stuff.
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Oops. Forgot to update. I finished Dark Forest and am on the newly-released Death's End, the final book in the trilogy. Good stuff.

Just started Death's End as well.
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Probably not a lot of Elena Ferrante fans here, however...
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post

Probably not a lot of Elena Ferrante fans here, however...

Phailed assumption. Some people read novels before or after sex rather than in lieu of.
Edited by lawyerdad - 10/3/16 at 10:56am
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