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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4061  Postby surreptitious57 » Jul 04, 2017 10:01 pm

The Black Swan : Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A book about the human inability to predict Black Swan events and so reference history
from the perspective of what has happened rather than from what could have happened

Some of the things it discusses : the tendency to focus on what is known rather than unknown. Silent evidence and why
ignoring it distorts the truth. The distinction between scalable and non scalable professions. The human obsession with having to always provide an explanation for everything. The relationship between expectation and outcome. How small
regular positive results provide greater psychological benefits than large irregular ones

Only a third of the way through it so far but easily one of the best books I have ever read
A MIND IS LIKE A PARACHUTE : IT DOES NOT WORK UNLESS IT IS OPEN
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#4062  Postby Macdoc » Jul 17, 2017 5:00 am

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truly a book that alters one's view of history and even current world enterprises right down to local cusines.

Endless fascination. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4063  Postby surreptitious57 » Jul 21, 2017 6:45 am


2666 : Roberto Bolano
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#4064  Postby Fallible » Jul 21, 2017 7:08 am

The Girl With All the Gifts - M.R. Carey. A nice, easy read on the zombie theme. I hadn't realised it was set in England.
John Grant wrote:They say 'let go, let go, let go, you must learn to let go'.
If I hear that fucking phrase again, this baby's gonna blow
Into a million itsy bitsy tiny pieces, don't you know,
Just like my favourite scene in Scanners .
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#4065  Postby Macdoc » Jul 22, 2017 3:05 pm

This looks remarkable

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He was known simply as the Blind Traveler -- a solitary, sightless adventurer who, astonishingly, fought the slave trade in Af-rica, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon, and helped chart the Australian outback. James Holman (1786-1857) became "one of the greatest wonders of the world he so sagaciously explored," triumphing not only over blindness but crippling pain, poverty, and the interference of well-meaning authorities (his greatest feat, a circumnavigation of the globe, had to be launched in secret). Once a celebrity, a bestselling author, and an inspiration to Charles Darwin and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the charismatic, witty Holman outlived his fame, dying in an obscurity that has endured -- until now.

A Sense of the World is a spellbinding and moving rediscovery of one of history's most epic lives. Drawing on meticulous research, Jason Roberts ushers us into the Blind Traveler's uniquely vivid sensory realm, then sweeps us away on an extraordinary journey across the known world during the Age of Exploration. Rich with suspense, humor, international intrigue, and unforgettable characters, this is a story to awaken our own senses of awe and wonder.


sitting behind the backstory of the Dunkirk movie.

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which should be done by the end of the weekend ...love book and movie together...
The book is marvelous....having the movie as a visual basis the book fills in the bits and some are insane...the one commander who ended up getting washed off/sunk three different boats in a few hours and lived to tell the tale. Both book and movie highly recommended.
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#4066  Postby Macdoc » Jul 28, 2017 9:35 pm

Dunkirk was excellent set against the movie.

Segued into this

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Lively and well written account in an area I know little about either geographically or history.

Very enjoyable, deplorable in some ways ...it is war after all.....but also incredible adventure before humanity completely engulfed the region....tigers in the shrubbery....stone age to parachute jumping and radios ....superb portraits of the tribes/peoples in the region ....some of whom have been there for 30,000 years plus.....and at the time ...did have a penchant for fresh human heads to boost fertility :what:
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#4067  Postby Macdoc » Aug 02, 2017 4:11 am

Behind Japanese Lines was very informative and satisfying.....not so much about the war as the Kachin people and society.
The results the fledgling OSS achieved by working with the Kachin was astonishing. If you have any interest in WWII and the war effort in the area - I'm sure you will be fascinated and impressed. Dwight Eisenhower surely was.

The briefest sketch
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSS_Detachment_101

This is not just written by an interested historian ....but rather by one who was there, in the 101, and that shows. :thumbup:
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#4068  Postby Macdoc » Aug 04, 2017 3:03 am

Another sort of twofer book and movie

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one of the movies based on a small part of the book.....tho perhaps the most tragic/epic part. Good cast and good matching to the actual people.

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very enjoyable, learning a lot...good to actually see some of the areas the book covers in the Everest event so wonderfully covered by Krackauer in Into Thin Air

Anyone who has NOT read Into Thin Air should...period.

The book I'm reading is also very good as the bio of the making of a world class climber....an unlikely dream of a Illinois flatlander boy.
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#4069  Postby Macdoc » Aug 12, 2017 8:55 pm

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adventure of a different kind...there is an authenticity that grabs you from the get go. No romantic wilderness tale....
and true. :D
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#4070  Postby Macdoc » Aug 14, 2017 4:38 am

Feel good sappy romance ....cept it's true....was interesting to compare the Chicken AK in the book from the almost ghost town we visited in 2015. .....still was nice to have been there for the visual.

On to another true story......tragic this time.

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oh my this is a scary read... :o :shock: :?
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#4071  Postby Mitts » Aug 17, 2017 11:21 pm

A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow. George R R Martin.
All religions are based on the same ridiculous imagination, that make man a weak, imbecile animal; a furious bigot and fanatic or a miserable hypocrite. Robert Owen

I used to be catholic but I'm better now. Torchwood: Miracle Day
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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4072  Postby Macdoc » Aug 18, 2017 5:13 am

FFS ,,,fast forward to 2016 Radium Girls take II :nono:

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/0 ... -dust.html
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#4073  Postby SafeAsMilk » Aug 20, 2017 4:00 pm

So I started reading some Piers Anthony and have discovered he is a fucking horrible writer. Even more bizarre, it seems like there's a TON of people who've read his work and don't realize how bad it is. To be fair, most of them were children when they read it. But I just started on the first Xanth book and it's like watching The Room -- an unintentionally hilarious manual on how not to write. Every time he refers to a female character, it's like you're getting a report from a 12 year old boy who's never even held a conversation with a girl before. It's truly some of the most sad, cringey, giggle-inducing literature I've ever read. Except for the rapey stuff, that's just disturbing.
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#4074  Postby Macdoc » Aug 20, 2017 6:28 pm

Grew up with him on the news - reporting the big events..... 8 presidents I think .....nice to see the person...

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867 pages :what: urk ....thought I was rolling along and only 12% done.....such a life. :thumbup: a very long career
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