What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:57 pm

Pain Killer, by Barry Meier.

This is the story of how OxyContin, produced by Purdue Pharma, became a widely abused opioid responsible for widespread addiction and death, and how and why the opioid epidemic began. This is as very interesting book.
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Post by victw » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:14 pm

Eligible - by Curtis Sittenfeld.

Interesting riff on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

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Post by wilson08 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:26 pm

The Maine Woods
by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau made three excursions to the Maine wilderness
between 1846 and 1857. He does have his philosophical
observations as in Walden but more prevalent are his
descriptive observations of his of his surroundings, arduous
travelling, and continual flora/fauna studies. Thoreau was
a forerunner of environmental consciousness in an era when
exploitation of animal and timber resources had very little
regulation. His vision and perceptions are surprisingly modern.

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Post by azurekep » Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:48 pm

Sleight of Hand by Phillip Margolin
Book 4 of Brad Miller & Dana Cutler series (No Brad Miller in this book)

A clever criminal defense lawyer murders a millionaire's wife, frames the husband for the murder, then gets himself hired on as defense counsel. In the meantime, private investigator Dana Cutler is following the trail of a gold sceptor dating back to the Ottoman Empire.

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Post by RadAudit » Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:26 pm

Stanley's "Stop Acting Rich ..."

OK. I'm a little slow in getting around to reading it. A little dry at the start, so far, because he spends a lot of time writing about vodka, cars, and watches. But he wraps up the points he wants to make very well. And unless you are either a balance sheet millionaire or a deca-millionaire, you might begin to feel a little self-conscious about your taste in cars and booze after this book.
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Post by nisiprius » Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:52 pm

Inventing Money: The Story of Long-Term Capital Management and the Legends Behind It, by Nicholas Dunbar. I think it was ValueThinker's recommendation. It's pretty good.

The book I've enjoyed most in the last month or so has been re-reading The Caine Mutiny, by Herman Wouk (and then watching the movie again). In my opinion, this is unquestionably Wouk's best book.
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Post by MJW » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:36 pm

I just started "Lost Light" by Michael Connelly, a Harry Bosch novel. I've read a handful of Bosch novels but this is my first reading of one in which the character is portrayed in the first person. Not sure if there are others.

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Post by Sandtrap » Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:11 pm

Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by bighatnohorse » Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:22 pm

"The Art of Power" bio of Thomas Jefferson. Excellent!

BTW; The Harry Bosch novels are best read in the sequence published. The author, Michael Connally was a LA Times crime reporter for many years and has an extensive inside pool of resources from which he draws. I've read them all and will read anything else he publishes.
"The Lincoln Lawyer" movie was a Michael Connally story - deals with the half brother of Harry Bosch in it's own story.

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Post by azurekep » Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:34 pm

Silent Witness by Richard North Patterson

Engrossing coming-of-age story in a small Midwest town in the 60's involving two high school athletes, Tony and Sam, who are best friends and rivals. Things turn dark when Tony's girlfriend is brutally murdered in a park, shortly after the couple's first-ever sexual encounter. Tony is the main suspect and is shunned by the town, though he is never charged. He escapes to Harvard and becomes a successful criminal defense lawyer in San Francisco. Twenty-eight years later, best-freind Sam, who is now an assistant vice principal, is accused of killing a girl on the track team he coaches. Tony returns to his hometown to defend his friend in court. Fully fleshed out characters, lots of emotional drama, and the prejudices of a small town fully on display.

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Post by bloom2708 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:42 am

I recently finished "Death's End" by Cixin Liu (as recommended in this thread). This is book #3 of the "Three Body Problem" series by the Chinese science fiction writer.

Book #3 was really quite enjoyable. The concepts and ideas (even if science fiction) were quite amazingly thought up. The amount of time covered. Hibernation. Light speed travel. Fascinating areas. If you like space science fiction, this 3 book series is a good one.

Now I am back to reading the Michael Connolly "Harry Bosch" series from the beginning. Currently on book #4.
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Post by latesaver » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:03 pm

Misbehaving, by Richard Thaler.

An interesting walk through the fascinating history of behavioral economics.

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Post by CoAndy » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:33 pm

"The Strange Death of Europe" by Douglas Murray.

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Post by CoAndy » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:42 pm

azurekep wrote:
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:15 pm
Recently finished:

1. Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin
Brad Miller and Dana Cutler series, Book 2

Brad is clerking for a Justice on the Supreme Court who is the victim of an assassination attempt. The hit appeared related to a death row case in Oregon and a "ghost ship" tied to TLA (three-letter acronym) intrigue. The good-guy characters are likeable and the plot is suspenseful.

2. Capital Murder by Phillip Margolin
Brad Miller and Dana Cutler series, Book 3

Brad is now a legislative assistant to a Senator on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. This is the weakest of the series so far. Not enough Brad Miller/Dana Cutler and not enough focus on the Senate. Instead, we have a jihadist terrorist plot in DC (other authors have done better), and a lame subplot involving a female defense lawyer in Oregon who falls in love with her serial-killer client.
I read everything Phillip Margolin writes. He is fantastic.

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Post by DDubya » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:12 am

A Small Death in the Great Glen by A.D. Scott.
In the Scottish Highlands of 1956 a child is murdered. The staff of the local newspaper, the Highland Gazette, investigates the case. Am about halfway through and enjoying, but sometimes the Scottish dialogue needs to be re-read to understand what is being said (who knew Scottish was such a foreign language). First book in a series of six. Likely to read each based on this one.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by blmarsha123 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:27 pm

The Fall of the House of Dixie by Bruce Levine. I think apropos of apologists for certain current events.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:51 pm

Commerce of the Prairies, by Josiah Gregg.

This book is a first person account of the author's trading activities in the 1830s in New Mexico and Northern Mexico. He describes travel on the Santa Fe trail and to Chihuahua, the geography and weather of the regions, agriculture and stock raising, customs of Indian tribes, buffalo hunting, other animals and plants.
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Post by ruralavalon » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:15 pm

Stop Acting Rich, by Thomas J. Stanley.

In many ways this merely reports on a 2005-06 survey updating the 1995-96 survey reported in his earlier book The Millionaire Next Door. There are no big surprises here, just a nice reaffirmation of prior insights.

It's comforting to learn again of right choices made like -- buying a nice home in a modest older neighborhood was a wise choice, buying used cars enabled funding college education of four children graduating without debt, no fancy watches, boats, vacation homes, or other attempts to imitate the wealthy in consumption.

The conclusion is that not acting rich is what can enable the actual accumulation wealth, and that acting rich when not rich likely prevents the actual accumulation of wealth. Another conclusion is that living within your means, charitable giving, spending on enjoyed activities not things, not spending on high-end consumption, is what leads so to happiness. And finally the conclusion that it's OK to spend on luxury items after becoming wealthy, because that is still living within your means.

This is definitely a feel good book for anyone with a modest lifestyle compared to their income and investable assets.
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Post by azurekep » Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:06 pm

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

An intelligent, well-researched international thriller with vividly written scenes. (Some suspension of disbelief is needed.) Most of the thriller-type action takes place on the Aegean coast of Turkey, in an atmospheric setting with historic ruins and mansions along cliffs. Prior to the action moving to Turkey, there are scattered scenes in other parts of the world and many readers give up, or almost give up on the book, since the multiple threads seem disconnected and the book is extraordinarily long (700 pages). But keep plugging and you likely will feel rewarded.

For those who have already read the book, the scenes that stick in my mind are when The Saracen, now a well-educated medical doctor, poses as a homeless man, setting up camp for weeks outside a Syrian research institute. This demonstrates his patience in his quest for a weapon and it's funny how everyone gets used to seeing him and ignores him — a kind of social engineering. Also, the episode involving the Uffizi Gallery in Florence was pretty amazing. I'm not sure if the whole premise was scientifically accurate, but it sure was an interesting twist.

If there is a follow-up book, it would be great if it concentrated on the Pilgrim's skill as a criminal investigator. The terrorist plot is done and over with and we all know Pilgrim is a great operative. But after 700 pages, I personally don't need to see more. :) But a criminal investigation following up on the thread left hanging would be interesting.

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Post by heartwood » Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:27 pm

azurekep wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:06 pm
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

An intelligent, well-researched international thriller with vividly written scenes. (Some suspension of disbelief is needed.) Most of the thriller-type action takes place on the Aegean coast of Turkey, in an atmospheric setting with historic ruins and mansions along cliffs. Prior to the action moving to Turkey, there are scattered scenes in other parts of the world and many readers give up, or almost give up on the book, since the multiple threads seem disconnected and the book is extraordinarily long (700 pages). But keep plugging and you likely will feel rewarded.

For those who have already read the book, the scenes that stick in my mind are when The Saracen, now a well-educated medical doctor, poses as a homeless man, setting up camp for weeks outside a Syrian research institute. This demonstrates his patience in his quest for a weapon and it's funny how everyone gets used to seeing him and ignores him — a kind of social engineering. Also, the episode involving the Uffizi Gallery in Florence was pretty amazing. I'm not sure if the whole premise was scientifically accurate, but it sure was an interesting twist.

If there is a follow-up book, it would be great if it concentrated on the Pilgrim's skill as a criminal investigator. The terrorist plot is done and over with and we all know Pilgrim is a great operative. But after 700 pages, I personally don't need to see more. :) But a criminal investigation following up on the thread left hanging would be interesting.
There is a follow-up that's been promised and rescheduled several times. "The Year of the Locust" now due May 2018. Rumors are that it's been rejected several times by the editor and continues to be massively rewritten.

In fact there are reviews here https://www.amazon.com/Year-Locust-Terr ... B00YK763WI but the book appears to have been withdrawn.

My mileage varies from yours. I thoroughly enjoyed I am Pilgrim and considered one of the best of its genre in recent years.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by azurekep » Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:38 pm

heartwood wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:27 pm
My mileage varies from yours. I thoroughly enjoyed I am Pilgrim and considered one of the best of its genre in recent years.
I'd probably give the book 4 out of 5 stars. I thought the actual writing was great. Hayes is a screenwriter so most of the scenes were vivid and memorable. For that, alone I'd give five stars.

And I don't have anything against 700-page books per se. The breadth of things covered was immersive and revealed the level of research done by Hayes. Even things like the look inside Saudi intelligence was something I've never seen covered before.

Plus, the plot itself was thought-provoking. The Saracen has been described as a new breed of terrorist -- a brilliant loner, not reliant on an organization, able to develop a deadly weapon -- and with much of the research being done on the internet.

It was simply the way the book was structured. Too much detail up front. I felt I was being force-fed detail on multiple, co-equal threads before I was ready. That's where I'd knock off a star.

I read a lot of reviews by people who said don't give up, so I soldiered on, and the last half of the book with it's thriller action made up for the first part of the book which was a lot of explainers and backgrounders -- some absolutely necessary, some not.

So my review of the book is actually a good one, though hedged a bit. :)

(For context, I've dinged other well-liked authors for their structure. Dennis Lehane comes to mind.)

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