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November 27th, 2019 at 12:30:09 PM permalink
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I like the bare bone approach to character and environment descriptions, but I think if you stick with them you'll see that Aubrey and Maturin are two of the best characters in historical fiction. Maturin especially becomes more fascinating and flawed in the second and third books.



I'm on the 3rd book, the 2nd was
far better than the 1st, which was
awful. I'm amazed at how modern
the Navy and bookkeeping and
banking were 220 years ago. And
they're Brits, so they're super
polite to each other to the point
of ridiculousness.

It is maddening how the author
goes from a raging battle, to
the next paragraph where the
battle is long over and they're
ashore. Never seen a writer do
that before. It's lazy writing.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
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December 25th, 2019 at 10:39:26 PM permalink
Just finished The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett.
Now I get to watch the TV mini-series by the same
name that was made in the 1970s starring James
Coburn. It's so much fun to be able to finish a book
and watch the movie right away. One of the best examples
is The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler.
The movie follows the book almost exactly. It's like the
book was the screenplay for the movie.

Dashiell hammett's stuff is so good it's like
it was written yesterday. And it was written almost a
hundred years ago. He lived into the 1960s but quit
writing in 1934. Nobody knows why, he just quit.
And nobody asked him because apparently he was
a real prick and if you knew him you didn't ask him
anything. But his books and short stories are fantastic.
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December 28th, 2019 at 3:26:46 PM permalink
Very interesting to see where some
of your favorite writers wrote.

https://writingcooperative.com/100-famous-authors-and-their-writing-spaces-8ee25c50c927

This is exactly where I pictured Tolkein
working.

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December 28th, 2019 at 4:07:12 PM permalink
I'm readying Mobituaries and enjoying it. The idea is to give proper credit to forgotten people and movements in history. It's done with a great balance of information and humor. Anyone familiar with Mo Rocca will understand his style.

Any Vegas members want to have it after I'm done?
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December 28th, 2019 at 6:46:02 PM permalink
Currently reading a book entitled "The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World." Though it seems more geared towards those who need a confidence boost, it's kind of fun to read about successful introverts and the misconceptions people have about introversion.
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December 28th, 2019 at 11:42:57 PM permalink
Holy smoke, look at this authors
personal library. I'm very jealous.
And we're only seeing part of
it here. She can't have read them
all.

Added later. She's Nigella Lawson,
famous Brit cookbook author. She
comes from a wealthy family, I'm
betting that's her fathers library
and not her's.

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December 29th, 2019 at 8:07:32 PM permalink
I've found Albert Ellis's popular works to be incredibly good. While I don't agree with every word, his tools for dealing with neurosis are gold.

So, I got a collection of his more professional/academic works. As is often the case with really brilliant people, he is very clear in his academic writings.

The best essay is about the link between neurotic and anti scientific or dogmatic thinking.

According to Ellis anxiety, depression etc occur due partly to rigid absolutist thinking. For example, I must get this job or it will be confirmed that I'm a loser.

Healthier thinking is more flexible and can deal with different facts, like science can.

Religious and political dogmatists mirror the thinking of the neurotic. X MUST be the case. This is why they often reject scientific findings and other facts that conflict with their narrative.
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January 14th, 2020 at 1:48:09 AM permalink
I really like the Jack Reacher movies and I'm
finally getting around to reading some of the
books. I ordered the first book in the series
from eBay, it came today. I sat down and
thought, well, let's see how badly this sucks.

140 Pages later I said, holy crap, this guy can
write. I immediately went on eBay and bought
10 more books. His writing style reminds me a
lot of Stephen King. Lee Child's writing is
descriptive, yet right to the point. He knows
how to advance the story, he doesn't get
lost in Flowery rhetoric. This book is literally a
page Turner, you want to know what's going
to happen next.

I love discovering something like
this years after it's been on the market because
it's like discovering buried treasure. I have 25 books
to read. If I had discovered this in 1997, I would
have had to wait every year for another book..

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January 14th, 2020 at 6:34:35 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

I really like the Jack Reacher movies and I'm
finally getting around reading some of the
books. I ordered the first book in the series
from eBay, it came today. I sat down and
thought, well, let's see how badly this sucks.

140 Pages later I said, holy crap, this guy can
write. I immediately whet on eBay and bought
10 more books. His writing style reminds me a
lot of Stephen King. Lee Child's writing is
descriptive, yet right to the point. He knows
how to advance the story, he doesn't get
lost in Flowery rhetoric. This book is literally a
page Turner, you want to know what's going
to happen next.

I love discovering something like
this years after it's been on the market because
it's like discovering buried treasure. I have 25 books
to read. If I had discovered this in 1997, I would
have had to wait every year for another book..



I found him in 1997. Waited impatiently for (and bought) every book since. Only a couple are meh. The rest are stunningly good. Can't put them down. You'll be up all night several times.
If the House lost every hand, they wouldn't deal the game.
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January 14th, 2020 at 10:07:38 AM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

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I found him in 1997. Waited impatiently for (and bought) every book since. Only a couple are meh. The rest are stunningly good. Can't put them down. You'll be up all night several times.



I did it with John McDonald. I didn't discover
Travis McGee until 12 books had been written.
I didn't find Patrick O'Brian and the
Aubrey–Maturin series until all the books had
been written. I found Stephen King in the
mid 90's. Perfect..
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