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What are you reading?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by chorse123, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. FLMountainMan

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    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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  5. lawyerdad

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    Ringworld was pretty awesome when I read it in high school. No idea if it would hold up or not, but enjoy.
     
  6. SirReveller

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    Lol. I humbly submit classics of this stature never stop "holding up".
     
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  7. lawyerdad

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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:
     
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    Bukowski's hero. Fun read.
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  9. MrG

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    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'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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    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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    Just started Death's End as well.
     
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    Phailed assumption. Some people read novels before or after sex rather than in lieu of.
     
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    Has anyone ever read The Egyptian by Mika Waltari?
     
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    ^I didn't like this as much as I had hoped.
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    Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant
     
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    I'm reading Philip Kerr's first Bernie Gunther novel March Violets. I know every detective novel writer has at one point in his career been called Chandler's heir, but Kerr is the first guy I've read who actually writes in Chandler's style. Not MacDonald. Not Crumley. Kerr's detective Gunther is Marlowe planted in Nazi Germany.

    I'm a tad conflicted because I like Chandler's writing style very much and Kerr does a great homage to him, but it isn't Chandler himself. Kerr is not writing a pastiche nor does he write poorly. The similes are quite good, although they may appear more frequently in Kerr's writing than in Chandler's. I mean, I cannot knock the prose because it's quite good (if you like Chandler's I suppose).

    I guess I've always wished Chandler had written more novels, and now that I'm reading something that could pass for Chandler, I'm not as excited because it isn't an authentic Chandler. Perhaps there is more to a Chandler novel than the prose. Perhaps the novel was just the entrance to his mind, and that was the fascinating part. Alas, it doesn't mean I dislike this novel. I'm about 1/3 the way though and I can't wait to finish it and continue the Gunther series.
     
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    You'll probably feel that way about the whole series. They're all enjoyable reads. As with any such series, it does start to feel a bit repetitive after a while, especially as Kerr does the summarized backfill on Gunther's history that's essential for folks who aren't reading in publication order. But it seems pretty clear Kerr really likes this character and isn't yet bored to tears with the series, so it makes for fun reading.
     

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