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Old 09-30-2010, 07:35 PM   #681
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I finally got the Big Short from the library hold shelf today. It's been nearly three months since I put it on hold. Slow readers on the Eastern Shore. I was afraid the recession would be over before I got it! Now I'll see if it's as good as all y'all say it is.
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:57 PM   #682
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:44 AM   #683
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I would appreciate it if any of those folks who have read and enjoyed these novels could point me to any works of a similar nature.
I read books 2 & 3 with movie 2 in between in about 3 weeks. I felt kinda empty when it was all over and I haven't found as good a read yet.
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Old 10-01-2010, 09:26 AM   #684
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I recommend the books by Sj÷wall & Wahloo for those who liked "The Girl Who..." series.

Amazon.com: maj sjowall: Books

This might be the best one:

Amazon.com: The Terrorists (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (9780307390882): Per Wahloo, Maj Sjowall: Books

These are also good:

Amazon.com: Henning Mankell: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:29 PM   #685
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Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern.

I know this title has been mentioned before. If laughter is the best medicine, this book should cure anything.

A couple of tips: Never try to eat or drink anything while reading this book.

Do not read it in a room full of strangers, such as a waiting area. After much whispering and finger pointing, you will likely be asked to leave.
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Old 10-03-2010, 01:40 PM   #686
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I recommend the books by Sj÷wall & Wahloo for those who liked "The Girl Who..." series.

Amazon.com: maj sjowall: Books

This might be the best one:

Amazon.com: The Terrorists (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (9780307390882): Per Wahloo, Maj Sjowall: Books

These are also good:

Amazon.com: Henning Mankell: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle
I would say that all of these are head and shouders above the Stieg Larsson books. Mankell also has some beautiful non-genre novels. Another excellent Scandinavian crime author, this time Norwegian, is Jo Nesb°. I really like his Harry Hole series.

The Sj÷wall/Wahloo series are great, but IMO very dark. I had to space my reading of them back in the 70s, to avoid overdosing on despair. But for sure, no one can serve up despair better than a Swede.

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Old 10-03-2010, 02:41 PM   #687
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I am reading " My Horizontal Life " by Chelsea Handler . It's very much like " **** my Dad's says " without all the cursing and from a women's point of view .
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:23 PM   #688
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I'm reading "Testimony" by Anita Shreve. It examines a teenage sex scandal in a private school, from the point of view of the people involved in, or affected by it. I'd give this 4 out of 5.
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Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French.

Nonfiction about the Lowry Zoo in Tampa Florida. Very good book if you're an animal lover and conflicted about zoos. Presents both sides of the zoo argument in a very readable story centered around Herman the monkey, Eshella the tiger and a group of elephants brought over from Africa.
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Obama's Wars. A typical Woodward book - well researched, allows the players to stab each other in the back while he sits on the sidelines smugly judging everyone - smear everyone and let God sort it all out.

Still a good read and very enlightening. Bogged down a bit about 3/4 through - subject matter became repetitive (how many times can these guys fail to communicate effectively on the same points?). Made me wonder where all the adult leadership is hiding.
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I always wondered how physicists model stars. Stardust by John Gribbin goes into this and more. Gribbin discusses how the elements and molecules of life and our bodies originated. Gribbin goes through the history of development of successful nuclear fusuion models of element formation within stars from the starting hydrogen and how supernovae eventually spread this seeding material out.

A really fascinating science book that makes me want to read some of his others.
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"Play dead" by Harlan Coben. Even the author doesn┤t think much of this novel. Says as much in the prologue. Full of cliches. CobenĘs first novel, I think.
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I am reading "The Reversal " by Michael Connelly . It's a nice change from my last book "Are you there vodka it's me Chelsa " . The Chelsa book was great for Doctor's waiting rooms . I was laughing so hard people were giving me crazy stares . Luckily I was not at a Psych doctor .
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Finished "The Reversal " . I could not put it down . Great read !
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Pensionize your Nest Egg, by Moshe Milevsky and Alexandra MacQueen (2010). Deceptively simple, a fast read (one plane ride and two hours in an airport lounge) and definitely a must read for anyone in Canada without a secure defined benefit pension or heaps of filthy lucre (i.e., most people). Details will vary by country but the message is the same: annuities and guaranteed income products, carefully selected at the appropriate time, merit a place in most retirement portfolios.

I would have liked more formulae, but I guess the authors made a deliberate attempt to keep it simple for the masses. This book is being actively discussed at the Canadian Money Forum where one of the authors (MacQueen) participates regularly as Money_Gal.
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Pensionize your Nest Egg, by Moshe Milevsky and Alexandra MacQueen (2010). Deceptively simple, a fast read (one plane ride and two hours in an airport lounge) and definitely a must read for anyone in Canada without a secure defined benefit pension or heaps of filthy lucre (i.e., most people). Details will vary by country but the message is the same: annuities and guaranteed income products, carefully selected at the appropriate time, merit a place in most retirement portfolios.

I would have liked more formulae, but I guess the authors made a deliberate attempt to keep it simple for the masses. This book is being actively discussed at the Canadian Money Forum where one of the authors (MacQueen) participates regularly as Money_Gal.
I've requested the library order a copy and I will read it as soon as they get it, but I thought the publication date was Oct 25. How did you get hold of this so soon?
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I've requested the library order a copy and I will read it as soon as they get it, but I thought the publication date was Oct 25. How did you get hold of this so soon?
It was published Canada on August 26.
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I actually delayed looking for it until I had time to read it. Last week I was in Chapters and it was sitting on the shelf.
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"At Home: A Short History of Private Life" by Bill Bryson. Interesting history of houses and their contents
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