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John Byrne

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Posted: 03 October 2023 at 12:17am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Continuing the La Guardia bio. Reads very much like a movie shot just around the corner from CITIZEN KANE.
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 03 October 2023 at 12:48am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

A GUIDE TO HAUNTED NEW ENGLAND by Thomas D'Agostino.

Up next afterward is RAZZMATAZZ, by Christopher Moore. Its the sequel to NOIR.


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Doug Centers
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Posted: 13 October 2023 at 2:04pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Starting THE DETROIT WOLVERINES...



The Detroit Wolverines - McFarland
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 13 October 2023 at 6:29pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

In the "What Disc Did You Have In Last" thread, I mentioned that I had watched The Big Short. One of the reasons I watched it again was because I am in the middle of reading it.

Interesting that they kept some names the same in the movie (e.g. Michael Burry, Danny Moses, Vinny Daniel) but changed others (e.g. Steve Eisman became Mark Baum, Greg Lippmann became Jared Vennett, Charlie Ledley became Charlie Geller).

The book's details are fascinating and outrageous in equal measure.

Edited to add: one of the best scenes in the film faithfully recounts one of my favourite incidents in the book, which is when (Deutsche Bank bond trader) Lippmann arranges for Eisman's hedgefund team (who are growing sceptical they have been suckered in buying credit default swaps, an instrument that makes them short a vast sum of subprime-mortgage-backed bonds) to sit at a habachi table with a CDO manager -- one of the people essentially on the other end of their short. It ends with Eisman incredulous at the man's ego and stupidity and telling Lippman, "Whatever that guy is buying, I want to short it... I want to short his paper. Sight unseen."


Edited by Peter Martin on 13 October 2023 at 6:42pm
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John Byrne

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Posted: 29 October 2023 at 5:25pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Rereading HIS MAJESTYíS AIRSHIP, by S. C. Gwynne. Bouncing between this and the La Guardia bio.
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James Best
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Posted: 29 October 2023 at 11:27pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Just about finished with THE ADMIRALS: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The 5-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea by Walter Borneman.

The book contrasts the careers and leadership styles of the four admirals and how they battled the Japanese, their British Allies, Douglas MacArthur's ego, and their own various personalities. There was plenty of friction to go around.

A very good read so far. I can see how it won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature back when it was published in 2012.

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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 30 October 2023 at 12:22am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Reading two movie related non-fiction things right now: Hayley Mills' autobiography Forever Young, and My Lunches With Orson, transcripts of conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles. Both very enjoyable and leading me to video supplements via Youtube!
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Andrew Bitner
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Posted: 30 October 2023 at 5:49pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Finishing up INFINITY GATE by my friend (and former LUCIFER writer) Mike Carey. Multiverse story done with appropriately epic scope, recommended.
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William Roberge
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Posted: 18 November 2023 at 10:23am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Lord of the rings 

Finished the Hobbit about a week ago and then jumped into this story that I truly love. I would be lying to you if I told you I could remember how many times Iíve read LOTR but at one point in my life I read it annually.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 18 November 2023 at 3:10pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Reread LOTR a year or so back. Never ceases to amaze me what Tolkien was able to accomplish with his world building.

They should make a movie of it, someday.

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James Best
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Posted: 18 November 2023 at 7:51pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Now working my way through TOO MANY BULLETS by Max Allan Collins. This is the 19th novel in his ongoing historical mystery series featuring former Chicago cop and Private Eye to the Stars, Nathan Heller.

The series started way back in 1983 and Collins still seems to be going strong. Good thing too, as most of my favorite "old guard" mystery writers aren't publishing very often nowadays.
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