What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby VictoriaF » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:04 am

I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:15 am

VictoriaF wrote:I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.

Victoria

A comic book?
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby nisiprius » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:23 pm

The Radioactive Boy Scout, by Ken Silverman. Flawed by inadequate technical depth. In one place he says that electromagnetic isotope separation is done with centrifuges...You're never quite clear on what David Hahn actually succeeded in doing--he was trying to build a breeder reactor, but what he built, out of thorium scavenged from lantern mantles, etc.--was not close to being critical. I don't think the reticence is for security reasons. He explains things how Hahn got the americium out of smoke detectors, though I haven't tried it to see whether he left out any key details.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby nisiprius » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:28 pm

Smuggler's Reef, by "John Blaine." A Rick Brant Electronic Adventure. A juvenile series I read some of as a kid. For mysterious reasons, the later books in the series are available from Project Gutenberg, but the earlier ones are not, which is too bad as the ones I actually want to reread someday are The Whispering Box Mystery and The Rocket's Shadow.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby gkaplan » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:00 pm

I'm a little over half way through Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing and Dying: The Secret World War II Transcripts of German POWs by Sönke Neitzel and Harald Welzer. British intelligence recorded these transcripts in hopes of gaining information that might be useful in the Allied war effort; however, the transcripts proved to be of little value in that regard. What the transcripts did provide, though, was a window into the minds of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, and the German navy and disproved once and for all the myth that the German armed forces were not complicit in war crimes to the degree that the Waffen SS was. (Daniel Goldhagen made the same point some fifteen years earlier in his late 1990s book Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, a book that was met with much criticism and hostility.)

Dry reading (Neitzel, a historian, and Welzer, a social psychologist, are not as accomplished writers as Goldhagen) but well worth the effort.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Fallible » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:06 am

chaz wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.

Victoria

A comic book?


I could ask what's embarrassing about a comic book, but...
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:54 am

Fallible wrote:
chaz wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.

Victoria

A comic book?


I could ask what's embarrassing about a comic book, but...

Please ask.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Fallible » Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:57 am

chaz wrote:
Fallible wrote:
chaz wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.

Victoria

A comic book?


I could ask what's embarrassing about a comic book, but...

Please ask.


I'll have to think about it.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Phineas J. Whoopee » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:48 am

Fallible wrote:
chaz wrote:
Fallible wrote:
chaz wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.

Victoria

A comic book?


I could ask what's embarrassing about a comic book, but...

Please ask.


I'll have to think about it.

No time for thinkin' necessary for me!

What's embarrassing about a comic book?

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:14 am

The fact that a very smart adult is enjoying reading a child's publication.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Phineas J. Whoopee » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:21 am

chaz wrote:The fact that a very smart adult is enjoying reading a child's publication.

The adult is simply appreciating the deeper themes and social commentary.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:27 am

Phineas J. Whoopee wrote:
chaz wrote:The fact that a very smart adult is enjoying reading a child's publication.

The adult is simply appreciating the deeper themes and social commentary.
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An enrichment opportunity! :happy
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Howard Donnelly » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:56 am

Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, by Roger Lowenstein. It was published in 1995, but it's a terrific book on his life up to then.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby VictoriaF » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:10 pm

VictoriaF wrote:I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.

Victoria


My embarrassment is not related to comics, but the discussion that ensued was comical.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby stratton » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:44 pm

Bob Couch books

Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior Green Berets. Totally different mission when compared to the Navy Seals. Foreign Internal Defense. AKA counter insurgency.

The Sheriff of Ramadi: Navy SEALs and the Winning of al-Anba Navy Seals engaging in a lot of Green Beret type activity. Good description of how Foreign Internal Defense works.

Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger This book covers Ranger training, but falls down in the last 50 pages. The author apparently ran out of time and it's a total mish mash where he follows up on people he followed previously in the book at various training schools/classes. The combination of people who attended multiple schools and lots of schools with endless paragraphs is a mess. Otherwise enjoyable book.

Glenn Cook's Wicked Bronze Ambition: A Garrett, P.I., Novel. One of the better ones in the 14 books series. Fantasy who-dunnit. Very convoluted plot.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan. About 50 pages in and trying to decide if I want to continue.

Taylor Stevens The Doll. Third books in the Vanessa Michael Monroe series. Best written of the books. Considering these are the first books this author has written you can see her growth as a writer. Each one is better written than the previous.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Fallible » Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:07 pm

Phineas J. Whoopee wrote:
chaz wrote:The fact that a very smart adult is enjoying reading a child's publication.

The adult is simply appreciating the deeper themes and social commentary.
PJW


And if the adult is lucky, he will have retained the imagination and joy of childhood to then fully appreciate a good comic book.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby nisiprius » Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:39 pm

Fallible wrote:
Phineas J. Whoopee wrote:
chaz wrote:The fact that a very smart adult is enjoying reading a child's publication.
The adult is simply appreciating the deeper themes and social commentary. PJW
And if the adult is lucky, he will have retained the imagination and joy of childhood to then fully appreciate a good comic book. :sharebeer
My wife and I having nothing but praise for Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel, Stitches, by David Small, and Maus, by Art Spiegelman. There's nothing comic about any of them, however, and they are hardly for children.
VictoriaF wrote:I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.
The problem with saying something like that is that people may think you're reading something even more embarrassing than whatever it is you're reading. My daughter was once furious at me because she was in the shower when a young man called, and I said "I'm sorry, she can't come to the phone right now." And my daughter says, "Dad, just say I'm in the shower, don't ever say that."

If you don't come clean, I'll assume you're reading The Money Class: How to Stand in Your Truth and Create the Future You Deserve, by Suze Orman.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby mbenz1997 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:22 pm

I've been reading "Stop acting rich...and live like a real millionaire" by Dr. Stanley. I just finished his other book "The millionaire mind". I read his original "The millionaire next door" about a decade ago.

Well worth reading, if you haven't read it. Most bogleheads probably follow his philosophy already, but it's nice to remind yourself why you live the way you do.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby mbenz1997 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:24 pm

chaz wrote:
Phineas J. Whoopee wrote:
chaz wrote:The fact that a very smart adult is enjoying reading a child's publication.

The adult is simply appreciating the deeper themes and social commentary.
PJW

An enrichment opportunity! :happy



I agree...ever read Calvin and Hobbes? Bill Watterson is incredibly clever with his approach...I'm happy to say I own every single one of his Calvin and Hobbes collections...my favorites are the ones where he explains his thought process behind his jokes or what he was trying to convey in the comics.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Fallible » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:43 pm

nisiprius wrote:
Fallible wrote:
Phineas J. Whoopee wrote:
chaz wrote:The fact that a very smart adult is enjoying reading a child's publication.
The adult is simply appreciating the deeper themes and social commentary. PJW
And if the adult is lucky, he will have retained the imagination and joy of childhood to then fully appreciate a good comic book. :sharebeer
My wife and I having nothing but praise for Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel, Stitches, by David Small, and Maus, by Art Spiegelman. There's nothing comic about any of them, however, and they are hardly for children....


Maybe I’m showing my age (Aauugh!, or Good grief!, as they say in the comics), but I am thinking mainly of the mostly fun comic books of my ‘50s childhood, with purely comic characters whose surprisingly complex personalities could not be fully appreciated until adulthood. The great Chuck Jones, for example, said he was most like the character Daffy Duck, and the subtle differences between Daffy and Bugs could be appreciated only by older folks, and the more perceptive ones at that. When I think of comic books, I think of good humor, characters, writing, and mostly just plain fun. "That's all, folks." (Yup, showing my age...)
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Default User BR » Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:00 pm

chaz wrote:The fact that a very smart adult is enjoying reading a child's publication.

Great, isn't it?


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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby nonnie » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:27 pm

Attn: MP173 and mystery fans

I just got back from the library where I found a book"Aloha, Lady Blue" by Charley Memminger described as a new mystery series paying loving homage to John D. MacDonald (just recently discussed).

AND-- I got a new Lawrence Block book "Hit Me" about a man named Nicholas Edwards, lives in New Orleans renovating houses. Then the nation's economy tanks and he turns back into *Keller*-- he's back in business! Welcome back, Keller.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Phineas J. Whoopee » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:33 pm

Fallible wrote:... (Aauugh!, or Good grief!, as they say in the comics), ...

You stupid darkness!!!
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:53 pm

Now at my advanced age, I enjoy Dilbert. Scott Adams is terrific!
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Fallible » Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:54 pm

Phineas J. Whoopee wrote:
Fallible wrote:... (Aauugh!, or Good grief!, as they say in the comics), ...

You stupid darkness!!!
-- Lucy van Pelt

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Good one! :)
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby LadyGeek » Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:58 pm

OK, I fess up. I'm working on the "The Otherworld Trilogy" by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson, a fantasy and paranormal romance author. IOW, it's a heartthrob romance for sci-fi fans.

BTW, if anyone is looking for a good fantasy / adventure "coming of age" book for teenagers (especially girls), I highly recommend "Watership Down" by Richard Adams. The main characters are rabbits. See: Watership Down
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:16 pm

"One Step Behind" by Henning Mankell.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Howard Donnelly » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:07 am

The Templeton Touch, by William Proctor with a Special Section by Scott Phillips.
Fantastic book, with personal insights from many of today's most successful investors.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby MP173 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:00 pm

The Black Box by Michael Connelly.

Harry Bosch is one of my favorite literary charactors.

Just picked it up at the library yesterday.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Tycoon » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:05 pm

Winning the Loser's Game, 3rd Ed. Charles D. Ellis
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:13 pm

MP173 wrote:The Black Box by Michael Connelly.

Harry Bosch is one of my favorite literary charactors.

Just picked it up at the library yesterday.

Ed

I like the novels of Michael Connelly.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Ricola » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:27 pm

Recently finished Future by Al Gore, Charm School and Upcountry by Nelson Demille and will be starting Gold Coast by Demille. One of the most enlightening books I read was The Big Three in Economics by Mark Skousen. This caused me listen to Professor Richard D. Wolff on Capitalism on the Bill Moyers' show and becoming interested in his books and classes on youtube. Opened my eyes to how little I really knew about economics.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Kalo » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:31 pm

I'm just a few pages from finishing The Book Thief. My friend gave it to me. It doesn't flow that well but it's a great story in my opinion. Was surprised that my friend couldn't find it in the book store, so asked, and they said "Oh, that's in the young adult section." Yikes. Heavy stuff for a young adult, although they need to learn it some time I guess.

Next I plan to re-read The Hobbit. Need something light after The Book Thief. And this time I want to concentrate more on the details. The older I get the slower I read, even things I've read before. I'd like to memorize the names of all the dwarves.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby ruralavalon » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:03 pm

The Mystery of the Blue Train, by Agatha Christie.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby grok87 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:53 pm

VictoriaF wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.

Victoria


My embarrassment is not related to comics, but the discussion that ensued was comical.

Victoria

I'm guessing there is a number and a color in the title!
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby VictoriaF » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:59 pm

grok87 wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.

Victoria


My embarrassment is not related to comics, but the discussion that ensued was comical.

Victoria

I'm guessing there is a number and a color in the title!
;-)


I have tried the book you are alluding to as an audio but abandoned it after listening for half an hour. Even all the hype could not balance its utter idiocy. My message was about a different book.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:08 pm

"The Hunter" by John Lescroart.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby SSN688 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:33 am

Big Red by Waller. 3 months on the Nebraska (SSBN-739). Nth time through Perram's Laser Weapon Systems. And Pat Micheal's Meltdown. An expose on the fraud behind AGW. After 42 years as a physicist with Boeing, finally retired and can read what I want to!
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby randomwalk » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:41 am

I just finished The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner and Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor by Richard Beeman.

Now reading For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby sschullo » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:51 am

Re-read "Ender's Game" in anticipation of the movie coming out in November. Its OK, but I liked it better when I read it 25 years ago. It is dated, but his anticipation of computerized warfare training was excellent.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby linenfort » Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:52 pm

VictoriaF wrote:I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.
...
I have tried the book you are alluding to as an audio but abandoned it after listening for half an hour. Even all the hype could not balance its utter idiocy. My message was about a different book.

Victoria


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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby ruralavalon » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:18 pm

I didn't want to divert this thread so I stated another, entitled Free books for kindle? , but hope that others who use this thread might reply there.
ruralavalon wrote:I love to read, and I like free things.

Can anyone suggest other resources (with links) for locating free books for kindle?
I have a regular low-cost, no-frills, wi-fi connecting kindle. I recently stumbled across -- Free Books For Kindle: Linked List of Over 1000 . . . , by Morris Rosenthal . Its very easy to use: its Table of Contents is a list of authors; clicking on an author's name takes you to a list of the author's books; and clicking on a book title takes you to an Amazon page where you can read reviews of the book and order a free copy.

Can anyone suggest other good resources for locating free books?
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby VictoriaF » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:31 pm

linenfort wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.
...
I have tried the book you are alluding to as an audio but abandoned it after listening for half an hour. Even all the hype could not balance its utter idiocy. My message was about a different book.

Victoria


Now you can never tell us, Victoria. It would just be anti-climactic. :happy


I know. I would never let anything anti-climactic happen to the Bogleheads,

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby nisiprius » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:38 pm

VictoriaF wrote:
grok87 wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:I am embarrassed to admit what I am reading now.
My embarrassment is not related to comics, but the discussion that ensued was comical.
I'm guessing there is a number and a color in the title!
I have tried the book you are alluding to as an audio but abandoned it after listening for half an hour. Even all the hype could not balance its utter idiocy.
Yes, I agree, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish can only be called "juvenile."

The Lorax is much better.

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I have been casually dipping into The Only Three Questions That Still Matter, by Ken Fisher, which is better than I expected.

I am reading some of the "Suicide Club" stories from Robert Louis Stevenson's The New Arabian Nights, but am not sure what I think about them, yet.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Slapshot » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:47 pm

Just finished a couple by James Salter, last one A Sport and a Pastime. Great wordsmith, but kind of raunchy. Now getting into Jonathan Tropper. Humorous and poignant stuff. If you want to know how guys really are, read some of his stuff.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby max12377 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:50 am

One book which I read a couple years ago that has helped me a lot at work is called 'Total Workday Control' by Michael Linenberger. It's similar to GTD but I like it better as it uses MS Outlook to develop your task management system. It really did help me get control of my workday. Now when I see people with inboxes of 1000's of emails (read and unread) I wonder how they get through the day with a clear head!
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby gkaplan » Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:33 pm

I am about twenty-five pages into Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh.This is part of a one-volume book that includes Final Curtain and Swing, Brother, Swing and is the thirteenth in Marsh's Roderick Alleyn mystery series.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby ruralavalon » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:15 pm

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie. A classic. I hadn't even remebered how it was all done.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Ricola » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:37 pm

max12377 wrote:One book which I read a couple years ago that has helped me a lot at work is called 'Total Workday Control' by Michael Linenberger. It's similar to GTD but I like it better as it uses MS Outlook to develop your task management system. It really did help me get control of my workday. Now when I see people with inboxes of 1000's of emails (read and unread) I wonder how they get through the day with a clear head!


I am interested in finding a better ways to use MS Outlook, thanks for the recommendation.
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