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Old 07-09-2010, 01:05 PM   #561
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Halfway through "Hollywood crows" by Joseph Wambaugh. Better than the previous "Hollywood station". But I still think that "The Choirboys" is his best so far.
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Old 07-09-2010, 01:07 PM   #562
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Reading The Big Short by Michael Lewis right now, like others here.

I can't believe how badly AIG got screwed by Goldman and other big banks, getting AIG to sell them credit defaults swaps on those synthetic CDOs with the bogus AAA ratings. It's amazing how unethically the big banks acted in these deals, putting together these synthetic CDOs that they knew were crap, just so AIG would sell CDS on them.

I think the big banks that did this may incur a little financial liability after it is all said and done.
That was a great read. I haven't been able to get that book off my mind yet.
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Unusual spy story set in WWII and the 1970s.
Liked it a lot. Two smilies.
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Brave New World - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fantastic story. Can't believe I never read it before now.
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Halfway through "Hollywood crows" by Joseph Wambaugh. Better than the previous "Hollywood station". But I still think that "The Choirboys" is his best so far.
Choirboys is a classic, but I like Wambaugh's Hollywood trilogy because it's obvious that he's working with new material. It's been decades since Wambaugh was a working cop, and from the acknowledgments in the Hollywood books it's obvious that he's refreshed his stuff by spending a lot of time with cops whose time on the street is more recent. It's fresher and more relevant.

There is no denying his ability to see the absurd in all of us, and turn it into hilarious and sad at the same time.
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Brave New World - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fantastic story. Can't believe I never read it before now.
Isn't it great to discover that some of these famous classics live up to their hype?

Thanks for the Wikipedia link. I read Brave New World in high school, and from the Wikipedia article, it looks like a lot of it went over my head. Also seems like I am going to have to read Men Like Gods to see what inspired it.

Have you read 1984? They are often read together.
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Just finished Medium Raw by Athony Bourdain, the author of Kitchen Confidential. Kitchen Confidential was funny, gritty and angry. Medium Raw's Bourdain is an older, mellower guy writing as his cover blurb says, "A bloody valentine to the world of food and the people who cook." It is a very enjoyable read, especially if you are a bit of a foodie.
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Isn't it great to discover that some of these famous classics live up to their hype?

Thanks for the Wikipedia link. I read Brave New World in high school, and from the Wikipedia article, it looks like a lot of it went over my head. Also seems like I am going to have to read Men Like Gods to see what inspired it.

Have you read 1984? They are often read together.
Read 1984 back in high school, or maybe middle school. I probably should go back and read it again to see what I missed, forgot, or have changed my mind about. My distrust of strong central government might be hereditary, but reading 1984 certainly only solidified it, if it didn't deepen it.

I was tempted to add Men Like Gods for the same reason it interests you, but I'm working my way through a list of 200+ books and I've forced myself to stop adding to it until I finish the list.
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I am reading my first ebook . Is it a classic ? Yes it 's classic Evanovich. "Sizzling Sixteen " . As usual a good fun read .
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Mowed the grass, washed the cars, and played in the ESPN 2 man local qualifier. We were one stroke out of the scratch division, but won the net by 3 shots. So now we have to win one more to go to vegas. There were several guys in the tournament today that qualified for vegas last year, so hopefully we have a shot. I did play one of my best rounds today though. I guess I'll have to practice some now.
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Finished "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," the final volume in Stieg Larrson's Lizbeth Salander trilogy. This one is quite good as were the others. Salander closes the book on some reprehensible characters from previous books. this is definitely a trilogy that should be read in order.
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If you want a laugh out loud read get "**** my Dad says " . It is the funniest book I have ever read and if you ever had a crazy relative you will definitely identify with this book . It's funny ,irreverent and just a great read !
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The Ringing Cedars of Russia book series. They have changed my life and the direction I'm going in. Looking for answers to the worlds ills? These books are written to help us understand why we have created the problems we find in every corner of the globe. A must read for anyone who cares a hoot about the future of your children and the human race in general.
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Saw your post about this on another thread . Are you keeping track of how many National Park sites you've been to? Bucket list? I went to an obscure one last fall and the park ranger said a guy came thru who only needed three more to complete the list.
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I also finished "The Nearest Exit" recently. This is Olen Steinhauer's followup to "The Tourist," featuring Milo Weaver, a CIA Assassin with a bit of existential angst. Like "The Tourist", this is a very good spy thriller -- about 8.5. The jacket cover says "The Tourist" will be filmed starring George Clooney. Should be good.
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"Spies of the Balkans," by Alan Furst is a good read. Furst is known for writing good historical spy novels. This one features a policeman in Solonika helping Jews escape from Germany in the months leading up to the occupation of Greece. I will put a hold on one or two of his earlier books soon.
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Thanks Don, didn't know about this new Furst novel. I've liked several of Furst's books. I think the first Furst I read was The World at Night followed by the sequel Red Gold which was the better of these two. Blood of Victory was my favorite of his books.

P.S. Just put a hold on this. I'm number 134 in the library queue so the word is definitely out on this author.
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Thanks Don, didn't know about this new Furst novel. I've liked several of Furst's books. I think the first Furst I read was The World at Night followed by the sequel Red Gold which was the better of these two. Blook of Victory was my favorite of his books.

P.S. Just put a hold on this. I'm number 134 in the library queue so the word is definitely out on this author.
I will go with your two faves next.
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Just about finished with Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis . I'm still on the waiting list for The Big Short . Liar's Poker was interesting .
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