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    As mentioned in the Columbia Bar thread, "Astoria". Highly recommended.

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    Bay of Spirits, Farley Mowat. Probably my 3rd or 4th time reading it.
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    I recently finished 'Hedge Hogs', an account of Brian Hunter, an energy trader for hedge fund Amaranth, who made millions trading in natural gas... but then sank his firm into bankruptcy for taking extraordinary, egregious risks. There were numerous victims, but most especially, a San Diego municipal employee pension fund, which lost over $60M when Amaranth exploded.

    Hunter, of course, despite becoming a pariah in the industry, had already extracted tens of millions of dollars in bonuses over the few years he traded.... and is now suffering horribly, with many millions of dollars left in his bank account. This is how we punish people like that: they lose their positions of power and influence...

    ...but they keep the cash.
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    Plenty More, I am not only reading it I am doing an active hands on study of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    A fantastic book. Quite an impressive animal.

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    Keith Laumer, Sam Delaney, Van Vogt, Leinster, Kornbluth, Campbell, Sprague De Camp, Clement.....
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    I always get some interesting suggestions from this thread. Either old friends to re-visit... or new authors to explore. Thanks!
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    Getting ready to crack this:



    Hoping it will be up to the standard started by Larsson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    I always get some interesting suggestions from this thread. Either old friends to re-visit... or new authors to explore. Thanks!
    If you like Pratchett, you might like Tom Holt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    If you like Pratchett, you might like Tom Holt
    Who's this Pratchett bloke? Sounds Australian <G>

    Thanks!
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    I'm grazing the wild wild web, mostly. Reading about training oxen, about growing, curing and blending pipe tobacco, about stonemasonry. Alongside my staples of things like news, the Forum, and martial arts stuff.

    Lately I've been reading about fixing a few minor hiccups with 2007 Pontiac Vibe and Pontiac Wave cars too, as my kids have recently expanded what had been our sole vehicle into a fleet.
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    One Wild Bird at a Time by Bernd Heinrich.

    The Wind in the Willows to the squirt. A copy from 1916, no less.

    Mostly anthropology and physiology books, and tons and tons of reference books. Its kind of gross, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    That sounds interesting Jeff .
    I'll send it up when I've finished.

    Basically the reasons for the the species rise may be the reasons for it's fall. Unsustainable use of natural resources and our influence on the environment, think acidification.

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    Things have changed in ways we seem incapable of appreciating .
    '' You ain't gonna learn what you don't want to know. ''
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    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee

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    Review: http://www.acampbell.org.uk/bookrevi...diamond-1.html
    Guns, Germs, and Steel ain't bad, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    One Wild Bird at a Time by Bernd Heinrich.
    I'll have to get that one. I've read and enjoyed a few of his others: Mind of the Raven, Ravens in Winter, Winter World.

    Currently reading "Beyond the Hundredth Meridian", by Wallace Stegnar. A history of the career of Major John Wesley Powell.

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    I finished Sturgeon's 'More Than Human' last night. Very good. May, in fact, be the best sci-fi I've read. Certainly in the top 3.
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    A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James.



    It's set in Jamaica in a time of unrest, with each chapter a first-person POV dialogue, from a number of characters.

    I'm halfway on, and it's starting to blur and repeat itself. Not sure I'll make it through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J P View Post
    I'll have to get that one. I've read and enjoyed a few of his others: Mind of the Raven, Ravens in Winter, Winter World.

    Currently reading "Beyond the Hundredth Meridian", by Wallace Stegnar. A history of the career of Major John Wesley Powell.
    Check out Why We Run. Whoa! He originally became a hero to me because of his running exploits. Then I discovered the birds and bees, too. Really. He is a crazy scientist.

    We have a raven that figured out the latch on our outdoor icebox. He can open our porch screen doors, too. His favorite game is to pick pecans off my big tree and drop them on my head.

    I wish I was kidding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    I finished Sturgeon's 'More Than Human' last night. Very good. May, in fact, be the best sci-fi I've read. Certainly in the top 3.
    I think The Sirens of Titan can be considered sci-fi, and it is my favorite.
    I came to Asimov's Foundation late in life, but I like it. Sparse. Compelling.
    Greg Bear is my favorite living guy, though. I even read my son's video game novels because Bear wrote them.

    That said, not a lot of fiction passes by my eyes. Mostly stuff about long dead people.

    Peace,
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    P.S. I recommend a book called Ambitious Brew to the beer folks. Pretty light history of beer in America. I read it on a recent cabin/fishing trip with guys who drink for sport...

    duh, didn't add I would check out that title...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    That said, not a lot of fiction passes by my eyes. Mostly stuff about long dead people.
    This is a seriously weird statement. Care to explicate?

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    Anthropology.

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    I have a fascination with American history and pre-history, as it were.

    I also have have a fascination with early civilizations. It was a field I immersed myself in deeply in college, and never stopped studying.

    Peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoez View Post
    Getting ready to crack this:



    Hoping it will be up to the standard started by Larsson.
    Let us know what you think. It is in my to read pile but I have several books on top and am afraid I would need a refresher prior to continuing the series.
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    "Empire" by Steven Saylor. It is ancient Rome though the centuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Anthropology.
    Okay. I get it, but your syntax is awful.

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    Well, in order to avoid confusing anyone else, I will leave this conversation.

    I don't tolerate rudeness.

    Peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Well, in order to avoid confusing anyone else, I will leave this conversation.

    I don't tolerate rudeness.

    Peace,
    Robert
    Too bad for us all, my friend. But with such a thin skin, you will wilt sooner or later anyway. Sorry to see you go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by switters View Post
    Let us know what you think. It is in my to read pile but I have several books on top and am afraid I would need a refresher prior to continuing the series.
    SWMBO read it first on a trip down to the DC area. She's a more critical audience than I am and she enjoyed it.

    If you've got Netflix, I'd recommend the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie series that was done in Sweden with Noomi Rapace before diving into the book. The sub-titles are worth it.
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    David,
    Thin skin ain't it. I got no tolerance for people that are rude, or state things rudely, or word them indifferently so as to affect rudeness. Especially when they do it out of arms reach, and for no reason other than to feel better about their own selves.

    Too much of that here, and it is sad. I can call names and judge with the best, believe me. I'd rather be constructive, though, and if this conversation, too, is to be about snipping and nit picking and attacking and valueating, it's as worthless to me as the rest like that.

    See, I really mean the things I say, so I choose the words carefully, even if I do so awfully. I wish nobody on the planet ill will or hurt.
    I really won't talk book anymore, but I really do wish all of you the best in life.

    Peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    David,
    Thin skin ain't it. I got no tolerance for people that are rude, or state things rudely, or word them indifferently so as to affect rudeness. Especially when they do it out of arms reach, and for no reason other than to feel better about their own selves.

    Too much of that here, and it is sad. I can call names and judge with the best, believe me. I'd rather be constructive, though, and if this conversation, too, is to be about snipping and nit picking and attacking and valueating, it's as worthless to me as the rest like that.

    See, I really mean the things I say, so I choose the words carefully, even if I do so awfully. I wish nobody on the planet ill will or hurt.
    I really won't talk book anymore, but I really do wish all of you the best in life.

    Peace,
    Robert
    I, too, value precision and accuracy very highly. And from where I'm setting, it appears... well call it what you like. When you're ready to see the truth, you will. Maybe you already have.

    Meantime - let's stop the thread drift, and talk about books please.
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    'the Pirate Round' by James L. Nelson.

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    Almost finished with The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Very good... with patches of brilliance!
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    Just getting into it. Good so far.


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