Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-21-2013, 05:38 PM   #1661
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 8,160
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lsbcal View Post
Do you know what the first one is in the trilogy Don? I could not seem to find it on Amazon.

Having watch some Maigret on Netflix I'm up for French mysteries. (Netflix link: Netflix - Unlimited TV Shows & Movies Online)
According to this review I was wrong -- "Alex" is the only one that has been translated so far. I don't know the names of the other two but will be watching for them.
__________________

__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-21-2013, 05:54 PM   #1662
Administrator
W2R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 35,201
Given the 50th anniversary this week, I am reading Lamar Waldron's The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination. It is well written, but I guess I am in a bad mood because I find it to be disappointing. Inattention to details bothers me, and also much of it is taken from another book in particular. It cost $12.99 and it is worth about, oh, $0.25 IMO.
__________________

__________________
"You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." - - - C. Columbus
W2R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2013, 06:00 PM   #1663
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 8,160
I read two very interesting books about cities. "The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving," by Leigh Gallagher, and "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Survive America, One Step at a Time," by Jeff Speck. As is often the case, I was set off on this jag by an ER.org thread, in this case one from haha. End of the Suburbs is a fascinating look at the demographic and other trends that may end, or at least transform, today's suburbs while favoring city centers. Spoiler alert, the book does not actually predict the end of the suburbs but does predict some major changes and a possible resurgence for the traditional, close in train stop suburbs. I found Walkable City even more compelling, especially since it addresses the factors that can make or break center cities from NYC and DC to Main Street in Middletown. It is full of fascinating obersvations and factoids, many of which seem counter-intuitive and had escaped me despite the fact that I have lived in walkable places for all but a couple of my 65 years. These are both highly recommended for anyone interested in the future of cities.
__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2013, 06:17 PM   #1664
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by steelyman View Post

The simple worm has five pairs of hearts
Stuffed inside his wormy parts
He falls in love quite easily

And ten times as hard as you and me.
That is so cute!
__________________
A year away from work is 26 years of 2 week vacations.
HappyOutsourced is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2013, 06:33 PM   #1665
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
steelyman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Triangle
Posts: 3,217
Quote:
Originally Posted by HappyOutsourced View Post
That is so cute!
Yes. He used to write for the Smothers Brothers. Along with Steve Martin (another banjo guy), amongst others.

He wrote a song called "Six O'Clock Train and A Girl With Green Eyes", a title that fascinates me, like some turn of the century painting.
__________________

steelyman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2013, 09:20 PM   #1666
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Lsbcal's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: west coast, hi there!
Posts: 4,895
Quote:
Originally Posted by Willers View Post
Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. In my opinion everyone in business should read this book. It would make managers (especially those uber-extroverted types) much better at what they do and help avoid having so many employees RE.
This must be quite a popular book because I'm now number 103 in the waiting list at our library. The library system has 20 of these circulating.
__________________
Lsbcal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2013, 11:10 PM   #1667
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 21,865
Her Privates We-a book about WW1 trench warfare written in 1930, from the British POV. Sounds incredibly horrible.

Ha
__________________
haha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2013, 06:07 AM   #1668
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 902
Quote:
Originally Posted by haha View Post
Her Privates We-a book about WW1 trench warfare written in 1930, from the British POV. Sounds incredibly horrible.

Ha
I enjoy early 20th century history and had never read "All Quiet on the Western Front" until a few months ago. I think I read somewhere that in 3 days the British lost more men in I believe it was the Battle of Somme than the US did in both WW's and maybe even the Civil War. Yes, war is fascinatingly brutal; spoken from someone who did not serve in the military….
__________________
H2ODude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 09:03 PM   #1669
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 16,512
I just finished The Cancer Chronicles (2013) by George Johnson. The author is a science writer, hence writes about the latest in cancer research as seen by a layman.

The book opens with the author examining 150-million year old fossilized dinosaur bones that bore evidence of bone cancer, or more exactly metastasized bone tumors that started elsewhere. The book then describes what researchers are doing and the slow progress that has been made, and a couple of personal cancer stories. One was that of his wife, and the other of his brother. One had the treatment resulting in a good ending despite the odds of a Stage IV cancer, while the other's cancer kept recurring despite all medical efforts.

The reader will be interested to learn how cisplatin, a compound of platinum that has been known since 1845, was incidentally discovered to have tumor-killing effects, just like the discovery of penicillin. Or he will learn that mammals have more risks of cancer than reptiles or fish, who have more than amphibians. And humans have the highest rates of all animals. Why? Nobody knows.

It is sobering to see that there are so much more that we do not know about cancer than we do know. The book describes how environmental effects such as radiation from the bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and from the nuclear plant in Chernobyl did not have as much impact as originally feared. The toxic industrial waste in Love Canal which made the national news in the late 70s turned out the same way.
__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leo Tolstoy
NW-Bound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 09:15 PM   #1670
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
sengsational's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 2,917
By beloved has been reading "Pandora's Star" to me and we just got done. Now we're into "Judas Unchained". Really freakin' cool sci fi. I know that most of the folks here would dig it.

Quote:
Critics have compared the engrossing space operas of Peter F. Hamilton to the classic sagas of such SF giants as Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. But Hamilton's bestselling fiction-powered by a fearless imagination and world-class storytelling skills-has also earned him comparison to Tolstoy and Dickens. Hugely ambitious, wildly entertaining, philosophically stimulating: the novels of Peter F. Hamilton will change the way you think about science fiction. Now, with Pandora's Star, he begins a new multivolume adventure, one that promises to be his most mind-blowing yet.
__________________
sengsational is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2013, 06:36 AM   #1671
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 8,160
Quote:
Originally Posted by sengsational View Post
By beloved has been reading "Pandora's Star" to me and we just got done. Now we're into "Judas Unchained". Really freakin' cool sci fi. I know that most of the folks here would dig it.
Thanks. I had not heard of Hamilton. I was able to download a book from the library containing two: A Mindstar Rising and Quantum Murder. I will give those a try. Others are available in hardback.
__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2013, 07:02 AM   #1672
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 1,461
The Power of Nonsense Now - Eckhart Tolle

I came close to throwing this piece or rubbish away before I got to the end of the introduction and never got past the end of the first chapter before it was tossed in the box to go to the Salvation Army. Utter garbage. Straw Men and other logical fallacies, internal contradictions, non-credible assertions and so on. My time would have been better spent watching the grass grow.

How this became a multi-million seller is utterly beyond me.
__________________
Budgeting is a skill practised by people who are bad at politics.
traineeinvestor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2013, 09:47 AM   #1673
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 127
The Reluctant Mr. Darwin by David Quammen

The author elects to take up the story of how Charles Darwin developed his theory of how species can and do change over time after Darwin's return to England from his famous voyage on the Beagle. This goes a long way towards meeting the author's goal of keeping the book short as it clocks in at a very readable 250 pages. Readers learn that Darwin developed his theory early on, but then waited for more than 15 years before he eventually published On the Origin of Species. He was indeed reluctant to publish his theory in part because he knew it would be highly controversial.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the author's writing style and and I think the subject matter is incredibly relevant still today. Readers will get a concise explanation of the theory of evolution (not Darwin's term) as well as some great information on the life of one of the most significant "discoverers" of our time. Got it from the library but will keep my eyes open for a used copy to buy.
__________________
NoiseBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2013, 11:27 AM   #1674
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 3,189
I just finished "Chasing Gideon," a book by Karen Houppert about how the defense of indigent people since the 1963 landmark Gideon v. Wainwright case has eroded over time, mainly due to the underfunded and overworked public defender offices in many states and localities. Good book.

And I have just started reading "Fighting for Common Ground," by former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). I am only about 25 pages in but it is a good read so far.
__________________
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.

"I want my money working for me instead of me working for my money!"
scrabbler1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2013, 07:04 AM   #1675
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 8,160
If you like the Scandinavians who are all the rage lately you will like Land of Dreams, by Vidar Sundstol, a Norwegian writer. It involves an investigation of the murder of a young Norwegian visitor to northern Minnesota along the banks of Lake Superior. Lots of history of the area and good character development. This book is the first of a trilogy.
__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2013, 08:07 AM   #1676
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Huston55's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: The Bay Area
Posts: 1,305
Going on a cruise in a couple days, think I'll take "The Bell Curve" with me to finish it. Not fiction but, I'm mostly a nonfiction kind of guy.
__________________
You may be whatever you resolve to be.
Huston55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2013, 10:03 AM   #1677
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Lsbcal's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: west coast, hi there!
Posts: 4,895
I really enjoyed Sue Grafton's: W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)

This is longer then her other Kinsey Millhone series books. It was a long wait from the library but worth it.
__________________
Lsbcal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2013, 07:06 PM   #1678
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 8,160
Blowback, by Valerie Plame, was actually readable -- lightweight but a fun read. Naturally, the heroine was a hot young blond, super smart and a bit of a rogue. The writing was contributed by Sarah Lovett who has a few thrillers featuring a psychologist under her belt but Plame undoubtedly contributed some CIA trade-craft and insider knowledge. This is number one of an expected series featuring "Vallerie," the Plame clone CIA agent. Worthy of a library checkout but not your hard earned dollars.
__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2013, 07:53 PM   #1679
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Lsbcal's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: west coast, hi there!
Posts: 4,895
I too read Blowback. It was a good first effort and I wondered how much of the book material really occurs in the real world. I hope the quality of the writing improves as these two authors work together.

There are not too many people who worked in intelligence writing spy novels. Another is Stella Remington who was a former director of MI5.
__________________
Lsbcal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2013, 11:29 PM   #1680
Dryer sheet wannabe
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Hattiesburg
Posts: 15
I'm reading atlas shrugged right now.
__________________

__________________
Damienqwerty is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anybody join the millionaire club recently? Architect FIRE and Money 25 11-25-2008 04:06 PM
Has anybody bought a Honda Civic recently? RedHawk Other topics 29 05-26-2008 04:27 PM
Recently Divorced - Need Advice cpolashenski Young Dreamers 14 06-20-2007 01:17 AM
For those of you who've recently visited Hawaii... Nords Other topics 3 05-15-2007 04:41 PM
Was Billy in Thailand recently? KB Other topics 2 12-28-2004 03:46 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:10 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.