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Post by Fbone » Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:41 pm

Now reading Betrayal by Aaron Allston

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Re: 21

Post by BlueEars » Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:17 pm

nisiprius wrote:
grok87 wrote:21: The final unfinished voyage of Jack Aubrey...

I was on the fence as to whether to read this one (after reading the 20 books in the series). It was well worth it...
cheers,
Well, what on earth are you going to do now that you've finished them? I'm just checked out The Truelove and The Wine-Dark Sea from the library and am starting to worry about being more than halfway through. Fortunately my wife gave me a copy of A Sea of Words, a book by Dean King that defines many of the words and has a lot of background information on sailing, surgery in the 1800s, etc. and that will slow me down as I constantly stop reading to look stuff up.
...(snip)...
I'll check out the Sea of Words book as I was very puzzled by all the nautical terms when reading O'Brian. Thanks!

I've read a few of O'Brian's books and heard at least one book-on-tape but have sort of forgotten where I got off in the series. Any suggestions by those who've read a lot of Patrick O'Brian's books on where to start? Should one start at his first book or ... ? Perhaps a silly question :)

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Post by BlueEars » Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:22 pm

Another historical fiction writer (British) is C. J. Sansoun. He has an excellent series set in Henry VIII's England in the early 1500's. The first book is Dissolution -- lawyer Mathew Shardlake investigates a murder at a monastary about to be closed down by Cromwell. A very good read.

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Re: 21

Post by grok87 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:05 pm

nisiprius wrote:
grok87 wrote:21: The final unfinished voyage of Jack Aubrey...

I was on the fence as to whether to read this one (after reading the 20 books in the series). It was well worth it...
cheers,
Well, what on earth are you going to do now that you've finished them? I'm just checked out The Truelove and The Wine-Dark Sea from the library and am starting to worry about being more than halfway through. Fortunately my wife gave me a copy of A Sea of Words, a book by Dean King that defines many of the words and has a lot of background information on sailing, surgery in the 1800s, etc. and that will slow me down as I constantly stop reading to look stuff up.

I'm currently reading Matthew Pearl's The Last Dickens, because I had to get The Truelove through interlibrary loan and needed something to read while it was arriving.
Yeah I know- There's a couple of others that don't have the Aubrey/Maturin characters- THe Golden Ocean and the Unknown Shore- I'll give them a try I guess.

Thanks for the tip on "A Sea of Words"- I'll check it out, sounds very useful. I'm thinking maybe of rereading the series a bit more slowly and trying to figure out what all the nautical terms mean.
RIP Mr. Bogle.

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Re: 21

Post by grok87 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:07 pm

Les wrote:
nisiprius wrote:
grok87 wrote:21: The final unfinished voyage of Jack Aubrey...

I was on the fence as to whether to read this one (after reading the 20 books in the series). It was well worth it...
cheers,
Well, what on earth are you going to do now that you've finished them? I'm just checked out The Truelove and The Wine-Dark Sea from the library and am starting to worry about being more than halfway through. Fortunately my wife gave me a copy of A Sea of Words, a book by Dean King that defines many of the words and has a lot of background information on sailing, surgery in the 1800s, etc. and that will slow me down as I constantly stop reading to look stuff up.
...(snip)...
I'll check out the Sea of Words book as I was very puzzled by all the nautical terms when reading O'Brian. Thanks!

I've read a few of O'Brian's books and heard at least one book-on-tape but have sort of forgotten where I got off in the series. Any suggestions by those who've read a lot of Patrick O'Brian's books on where to start? Should one start at his first book or ... ? Perhaps a silly question :)
I started with the Far Side of the World (not sure why, probably because of the movie). Then I went back and read them in order. I'd probably just start with the first one. Or if you read the first one a while ago, you could conceivably start with the second which is very different (mostly on land I think).
cheers,
RIP Mr. Bogle.

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Post by BlueEars » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:23 pm

Thanks grok87.

BTW, for those who might also be interested in the O'Brian books, it appears a good way to figure out which book comes next in the series is to go to Amazon and search for "Patrick O'Brian book #" where # is the number you're interested in. I get mine from the library.

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Post by chaz » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:54 am

"Sail" by James Patterson.
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Post by MC Handyman » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:55 am

My current and favorite book so far has to be Think and Grow Rich, By Napolean Hill.

HAs anyone read the OG Mandino Series? I have taken a liking to them as well.

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Post by GammaPoint » Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:07 pm

Currently reading A Random Walk Down Wall Street. I think it's the best book on investing I've read thusfar.

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Post by GammaPoint » Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:20 pm

Just about to start Stalingrad by Antony Beevor. I've read Beevor's The Battle for Spain and really liked it. Stalingrad is supposed to be one of the most popular of his history books so I'm really looking forward to it. Anyone else read it?

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Post by chaz » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:33 am

"The Whole Truth" by David Baldacci.
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Post by chaz » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:08 pm

"Phantom Prey" by John Sandford.
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Post by runthetrails » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:25 pm

Les wrote:Another historical fiction writer (British) is C. J. Sansoun. He has an excellent series set in Henry VIII's England in the early 1500's. The first book is Dissolution -- lawyer Mathew Shardlake investigates a murder at a monastary about to be closed down by Cromwell. A very good read.

I've just finished the 4th book in the series on audio. Good historical mysteries.

Edit to add a link to author's bibliography (FantasticFiction.co.uk)

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Post by Go Blue 99 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:20 am

Just started "The Omnivore's Dilemna" by Michael Pollan.

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Post by runthetrails » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:59 pm

OK, haven't read this yet, but it looks interesting, and might be of interest to frugal-minded Bogleheads.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... =112557219

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Post by rwwoods » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:00 am

Trend Following by Michael W. Covel

This book is not for the diehard Bogelhead; however, if you want to learn about trend following, this is a great book. The author does a great job at explaining what trend following is and is not. For example, a trader using trend following DOES NOT attempt to predict market movements. They believe that all available information is reflected in the market price; therefore, they use price and only price to determine market entry and exit.

Perhaps the most famous traders using trend following were the "Turtles" trained by Richard Dennis. You can download "The Original Turtle Trading Rules" at http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/ ... erules.pdf.

These trading rules are definitely not for Bogleheads, but it will give you a great insight into what traders really do.
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Post by chaz » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:34 am

Good to see so many Bogleheads reading.
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Physics for Future Presidents by Muller

Post by grok87 » Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:33 pm

Physics for Future Presidents by Muller
Excellent so far!
RIP Mr. Bogle.

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Post by medgar » Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:26 pm

Just finished one of the better Appalachian trail thru hike books.

On the Beaten Path By Robert Rubin

Excited to start a book that all my runner friends have recommended.

Born to Run:A Hidden Tribe, superathletes, and the greates race the world has never seen by Christopher McDougall

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Post by chaz » Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:56 am

"Shadow of Power" by Steve Martini.
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Post by vicmish » Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:21 pm

In an attempt to understand where our president is coming from and where our country is going, I bought both "Dreams From My Father" and also "The Audacity of Hope". Just finished the first and last night started "Audacity". Very interesting. No more comment since it's not appropriate for this forum.

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Post by nisiprius » Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:32 pm

Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point, by Alex S. MacLean. It finally occurred to me that I can get expensive coffee-table books just as easily as I can get novels, from my local public library via interlibrary loan if necessary.

This is a stunning, magnificent collection of aerial photographs showing environmental and land-use issues like irrigated golf courses in the middle of deserts, speculative McMansions surrounded by woods, small tracts of artificial suburban-type residential housing "out in the middle of nowhere," requiring an automobile trip for almost any commonplace errand, etc.
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Post by chaz » Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:54 pm

nisiprius wrote:Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point, by Alex S. MacLean. It finally occurred to me that I can get expensive coffee-table books just as easily as I can get novels, from my local public library via interlibrary loan if necessary.

This is a stunning, magnificent collection of aerial photographs showing environmental and land-use issues like irrigated golf courses in the middle of deserts, speculative McMansions surrounded by woods, small tracts of artificial suburban-type residential housing "out in the middle of nowhere," requiring an automobile trip for almost any commonplace errand, etc.
"irrigated golf courses in the middle of deserts" - sad but visit Las Vegas.
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Post by market timer » Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:57 pm

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Enjoyed his Norwegian Wood and After Dark last winter.

Thanks to Alex for recommending Murakami.

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Post by Frobie » Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:22 pm

I'm still working on Murakami's Underground, which is good.

Also reading How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein. As someone who occasionally finds himself cruising around Google Maps looking at random things just for fun, I like it a lot.
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Re: Current Books

Post by BlueEars » Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:58 pm

vicmish wrote:In an attempt to understand where our president is coming from and where our country is going, I bought both "Dreams From My Father" and also "The Audacity of Hope". Just finished the first and last night started "Audacity". Very interesting. No more comment since it's not appropriate for this forum.
A few questions. Which one would you recommend reading first? Also do you think the book would really help you understand what the President actually does when in office, or maybe how he operates behind the scenes? I'm trying to keep these questions neutral politically.

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Post by runthetrails » Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:03 am

Recently completed The (Mis)Behavior of Markets, by Mandelbrot, and the audio version of Peter S. Beagle's A Fine and Private Place.

Now reading Your Inner Fish, by Neil Shubin and listening to Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.

I am not yet far into Born to Run, but it is exciting. I think I'll want to read more about the Tarahumara in the future.

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Post by metabasalt » Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:11 pm

Stone's Fall by Iain Pears.

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Post by Kemosabi » Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:45 am

The Lexus and the Olive Tree. Interesting pre-9/11 thoughts and the early rise of the internet.

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Post by foodnerd » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:24 pm

Just finished Character Counts by John C. Bogle. Boy, he likes to give a good speech, doesn't he?

I am starting The ETF Book by Rick Ferri.

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Post by dkdoy » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:55 pm

just started The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard Evans
just finished Four Pillars, great book

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Post by chaz » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:35 am

dkdoy wrote:just started The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard Evans
just finished Four Pillars, great book
Four Pillars is a great book.
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Post by chaz » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:40 am

"Unlucky In Law" by Perri O'Shaughnessy.
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Post by chaz » Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:13 pm

"Midnight Club" by James Patterson.
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Post by RJB » Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:32 pm

David F. Swensen's revised "Pioneering Portfolio Management, An Unconventional Approach to Institutional Investment".

In the Boglehead Mode of keeping costs low, I checked the book out from my local library.
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Post by mbrasher1 » Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:34 pm

GammaPoint wrote:Just about to start Stalingrad by Antony Beevor. I've read Beevor's The Battle for Spain and really liked it. Stalingrad is supposed to be one of the most popular of his history books so I'm really looking forward to it. Anyone else read it?
Yep, I have read most of Beevor's books. The Stalingrad book is very well done. Unbelievable the cruelty and deprivation that both sides suffered. The poor civilians (esp Russian orphans) caught in the middle. His book on Berlin was good too.

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Post by chaz » Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:26 am

"The Secret History" by Donna Tartt.
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Post by cjackson0 » Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:53 am

The ETF Book by Richard A. Ferri.

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Post by CountryBoy » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:58 am

How We Die by Sherwin B. Nuland, teacher of surgery and medicine at Yale University.

One very beautifully written and enlightening book. A true breath of fresh air.

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Post by JoeMatye » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:52 am

The (Mis)Behavior of Markets by Mandelbrot

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Post by medgar » Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:44 am

Just finished and highly recommend Born to run to all the runners out there.

You will not look at your running shoes the same again and maybe save some money on your next ones.

Just started the new Teddy Roosevlet book Wilderness Warrior

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Post by tj218 » Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:05 pm

Dreadnought by Robert Massie. About Anglo-German relations in the 19th-20th century leading up to WWI.

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Post by VictoriaF » Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:40 am

"The Art of Travel" by Alain De Botton. I also enjoyed his other books and recently came across a wonderful article on the art of conversation "It's Good to Talk".

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Post by Chas » Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:41 pm

I may have posted this before, I don't remember.

"A Conspiracy of Fools", by Kurt Eichenwald. It is a NYT reporter's documentary of the rise and fall of Enron. Very well documented and factual based. I recommend it for any of you who enjoy insights into the tragedy of, and the human failings within, the real world of giant industry. Ones jaw drops at the arrogance, audacity, and the very magnitude of the fall of Enron. Any investor that owns, or plans to own, individual stocks should read this.
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Post by BlueEars » Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:57 pm

Victoria thanks, I requested "Art of Travel" from my library after reading a little of Amazon's reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Art-Travel-Alain- ... 112&sr=8-1 Sounds like the author is covering some travel thoughts I've considered on occasion.

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Post by bcboy57 » Sat Sep 26, 2009 6:33 pm

norookie wrote:Lonsome Dove"........I wanted to read it, it was better than the TV series.
Yes, Lonesome Dove is a memorable book and one of my favorites.

It is actually the 3rd chronological book of 4 about the unforgetable lives of Gus and Woodrow. The others are - Dead Man Walk, Commache Moon and Streets of Loredo.

If you enjoyed Lonesome Dove, you'll also want to read those.

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Post by nisiprius » Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:01 pm

The Commodore, by Patrick O'Brian.

I'm getting worried: only three, and an unfinished fourth, after I complete this one.
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Post by gkaplan » Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:30 pm

P. D. James' A Taste for Death
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