Whatcha Readin?

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Re: Whatcha Readin?

Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:15 pm

I just finished the Tom Ripley books, by Patricia Highsmith (most folks read only the first one, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," but there are four more Ripley sequels after TTMR, and I DARE you to not get hooked on them!
Spoiler:
The ending of the first book, TTMR, is NOTHING like the end of the movie! It's mooch better-O, and it sets up the next four books perfectly! And the endings of each are très surprising!
...I think I've listened to them six or seven times now, and I enjoy them each time! ;)). My next one, starting this coming weekend in Smell-A:

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The title's intriguing, don't you think? :D
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Re: Whatcha Readin?

Post by biglove » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:46 pm

Millard's "Destiny of the Republic." Absolutely riveting tale of the assassination of James Garfield.

Next up is "The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States: A Speculative Novel."
"I believe in a God who doesn't need heavy financing." Irwin M. Fletcher, Fletch Lives, 1989
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Re: Whatcha Readin?

Post by conjurer » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:53 pm

Artman wrote:My brother gifted this to me.
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https://www.amazon.com/PROSTATE-HEALTH- ... way&sr=8-1


Arty, I would urge a big dose of skepticism about books like this. Back in my old career, I had plenty of people coming in looking for all sorts of books from marginal publishers (Hay House, the publisher of the above book, specializes in "new thought" and "new age" cure books), up to and including self-published vanity titles. Now, if they were looking for a fiction or poetry title, I'd order it for them without a thought. However, a lot of people, often facing dire health issues, were looking for these marginal books.

Alas, the utility of these books is highly questionable. If they were published by, say, Random House, the title would be thoroughly vetted by various health care professionals and doctors. Titles from Hay House and others are not, and the authors may have no expertise in the field they are writing about, and possibly are not even doctors. I would mention this to my customers before placing their order.

Also, the above book is over twenty years old--a dinosaur in medical books--and has never been reissued in a new edition that might take advantage of newer medical findings.
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Re: Whatcha Readin?

Post by Mark » Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:52 pm

I haven't read a book in a while. It sounds kind of crazy but since I retired I even gave up my Kindle unlimited subscription. When working nights I would actually read quite a bit when I had the time. It helped the shift go by. I think Amazon may have been trying to pull a fast one because somehow I had become enrolled in Audible. Since I had some credits I started listening to audiobooks. Currently, I am listening to the Final Frontiersman when I am on the treadmill-helps the time go by. If any of you have seen the show The Last Alaskans, the book is about Heimo Korth and his family living in the Arctic National Wildlife Redfuge.
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Re: Whatcha Readin?

Post by Hawk » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:04 am

conjurer wrote:
Arty, I would urge a big dose of skepticism about books like this. Back in my old career, I had plenty of people coming in looking for all sorts of books from marginal publishers (Hay House, the publisher of the above book, specializes in "new thought" and "new age" cure books), up to and including self-published vanity titles. Now, if they were looking for a fiction or poetry title, I'd order it for them without a thought. However, a lot of people, often facing dire health issues, were looking for these marginal books.

Alas, the utility of these books is highly questionable. If they were published by, say, Random House, the title would be thoroughly vetted by various health care professionals and doctors. Titles from Hay House and others are not, and the authors may have no expertise in the field they are writing about, and possibly are not even doctors. I would mention this to my customers before placing their order.

Also, the above book is over twenty years old--a dinosaur in medical books--and has never been reissued in a new edition that might take advantage of newer medical findings.


Quite so. It's like getting history from Soft Skull Press. Though I find the claim of "no drugs or surgery" to be intriguing if for no better reason than wondering if it's about the prostate massage therapists in Bangkok (which, medically speaking, probably do as much or more good than the book).

Out of deference to the BDWF TOS both formal in informal I'll not post the links I provided elsewhere. But they are yummy.


As to the OP: Myth of the Rational Voter by Bryan Kaplan - for the second time.
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