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Old 08-10-19, 12:53   #1081
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brilliant thriller about a terrorist plot.
I've never been more annoyed to put a book down and eager to pick it back up. I was in Cinque Terre and all I wanted to do was read it
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Old 08-10-19, 20:03   #1082
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Old 12-10-19, 10:27   #1083
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Has anyone listened to the fs.blog book on Audible? I've never listened to an audiobook, and it seems like a book that you'd really want in a hard copy, but the kindle version isn't even out until Oct.
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I just bought it, I returned one I likely would have never listened to.

If you want to hold off until tomorrow, I'll let you know what it's like, I should have it finished by then.

No accompanying PDF either.
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Two thirds of the way through. Outside of the odd philosophical quote that needed a 2nd listen here or there, it's easy follow.

Lots of focus on Munger among others.

You'll know lots of stuff, Occams Razor, Socratic Questioning etc...
It's more a collation of models than anything new and it's actually the first of a series, this the general models version.
Good so far and the first audiobook I've listened to at normal speed as I'm accustomed to listening to his voice at that pace during his podcast.
They've released a hard copy on Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/19994...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 12-10-19, 13:57   #1084
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If I was to give John Banville a spin what would people recommend? I would have thought 'The Sea' just on the fact that it won the Booker Prize, but it has a pretty weak rating on Goodreads and I've seen a few things where people suggested giving him that award for that book was deranged.

I'm reading Kevin Barry's short stories 'There Are Little Kingdoms' at the moment and it's wonderful. Trying to read more Irish stuff in general over the last while.
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Old 12-10-19, 14:38   #1085
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Love his podcasts and have been listening exclusively to them on car journeys.

Have you read Ray Dalios principles? Im torn between it and FS release?
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Old 12-10-19, 15:02   #1086
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Yep, Principles is great, it's just longer than it needs to be (600 pages) he's released a shorter version but it's described as being for all ages, so may be too simplified.
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Old 12-10-19, 16:07   #1087
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Love his podcasts and have been listening exclusively to them on car journeys.

Have you read Ray Dalios principles? Im torn between it and FS release?
As Denny said Principles is excellent. As I previously mentioned the FS book is a collection of mental models based upon Charlie Mungers approach:
"Well, the first rule is that you can’t really know anything if you just remember isolated facts and try and bang ’em back. If the facts don’t hang together on a latticework of theory, you don’t have them in a usable form. You’ve got to have models in your head. And you’ve got to array your experience both vicarious and direct on this latticework of models. You may have noticed students who just try to remember and pound back what is remembered. Well, they fail in school and in life. You’ve got to hang experience on a latticework of models in your head.”

You can read them all here: https://fs.blog/mental-models/

Dalio's is more about his approach, meritocracy and alike. They're quite different, Dalios is certainly a better book but Parrish offering is still quite good too.
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Old 12-10-19, 16:38   #1088
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If I was to give John Banville a spin what would people recommend? I would have thought 'The Sea' just on the fact that it won the Booker Prize, but it has a pretty weak rating on Goodreads and I've seen a few things where people suggested giving him that award for that book was deranged.

I'm reading Kevin Barry's short stories 'There Are Little Kingdoms' at the moment and it's wonderful. Trying to read more Irish stuff in general over the last while.
Love Barry, just finished the new one which was great but didn't seem to quite hit the heights of the previous two or the short stories which are probably the best Irish writing in decades.

This line from a scene in pool hall in Wexford

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Just then, the air changed: a small troop of girls
arrived in, a battalion of three. They had vinegar in
them and they roved their dangerous eyes around the
habitutees and they were a carnival of cheap perfume
on young skin and whatever summer was they’d
trapped its essence and fizzed with it.
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I always recommend Banville's early books The Newton letter, Kepler and Dr Copernicus which are often forgotten about.
His best work is the Book of Evidence IMO
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If I was to give John Banville a spin what would people recommend? I would have thought 'The Sea' just on the fact that it won the Booker Prize, but it has a pretty weak rating on Goodreads and I've seen a few things where people suggested giving him that award for that book was deranged.
I had never heard of John Banville until recently - I was in a cafe in Dun Laoire that had a sign: Please take a seat, so I took one. The waitress then shoed me over to another table.
"Sorry sir, that tables reserved," "But it doesn't have a sign?" "That's where John Banville sits". The way she cooed over the name made me take notice. Then the next day I read about the Novel Prize debacle!

I will read the Book of Evidence, thanks for the tip strew.

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I'm reading Kevin Barry's short stories 'There Are Little Kingdoms' at the moment and it's wonderful. Trying to read more Irish stuff in general over the last while.
I just finished City of Dis by David Butler. I can't recommend it enough. It's a really well told story, the characters and city (Dublin) really come to life.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...46-city-of-dis
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Half way through this at the moment thanks to this thread, very good read.
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Old 16-12-19, 23:36   #1092
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Anyone recommend another big read a bit like this one?
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Have three fiction books that have been hanging around in Kindle Unread for ages:

- McMurthry: Lonesome Dove
- Capote: In Cold Blood
- Rothfuss: The Name of the Wind

Anyone a recommendation as to what to read amongst those? They're all there for a good reason, but always end up skipping over them when looking for the next read.
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Old 17-12-19, 09:47   #1094
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Have three fiction books that have been hanging around in Kindle Unread for ages:

- McMurthry: Lonesome Dove
- Capote: In Cold Blood
- Rothfuss: The Name of the Wind

Anyone a recommendation as to what to read amongst those? They're all there for a good reason, but always end up skipping over them when looking for the next read.
Rothfuss is superb. sadly we've been waiting for years for the third installment. feels like it may never come, but the name of the wind is a real pleasure to read.

Personally never been a fan a Capote. Style jars me, and i don't know the first one
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Old 19-12-19, 10:16   #1095
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Currently reading Eat The Rich by PJ ORourke which has been pretty good so far, it was written ages ago about different economies but the writing has kept it interesting. I did laugh at this “The Albanians have a saying that a woman must work harder than a goat, because the goat eats grass and the woman eats bread”. Gives a sense of the time...
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Old 19-12-19, 14:42   #1096
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Anyone recommend another big read a bit like this one?
Nomad by james swallow
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This is Going to Hurt is highly entertaining. Type of thing you'd read in about two days max.
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This is Going to Hurt is highly entertaining. Type of thing you'd read in about two days max.
Uncannily accurate too.
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You never suggest anything so I'll have to add it to the list.

I'm guessing you dont have Goodreads?
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