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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #3945 on: October 30, 2019, 09:17:45 am »
Who's Karla?
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #3946 on: October 30, 2019, 09:30:15 am »
"Funk is wronger by a couple orders of magnitude"

"Statistics are like mini-skirts. They give you good ideas, but hide the most important things."

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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #3947 on: October 30, 2019, 10:08:51 am »
Heh the book I'm reading has a wonderful bit about the history of life insurance, with the leading character a fellow with the most Puritan name ever: "If-Christ-Had-Not-Died-for-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone".  :lol:

Also this wonderful line, about theological qualms over calculating death statistics: "Thus was the life insurance industry caught between a math problem and God."
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #3948 on: October 30, 2019, 10:21:20 am »
Who's Karla?

Code name for LeCarre's fictional Soviet spymaster.
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #3949 on: October 30, 2019, 03:11:53 pm »
Who's Karla?

A famous Canadian Serial killer.  :P

Also (more appropriately) the antagonist of the Smiley series of books by John le Carre.
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #3950 on: November 10, 2019, 05:46:25 pm »
Has anyone read the Bolitho series by Alexander Kent?  Thoughts?  I got a recommendation.

Same dude recommended Dewey Lampkin, but he must have gotten the spelling wrong because i'm getting nothing on google.
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #3951 on: November 10, 2019, 08:04:44 pm »
Has anyone read the Bolitho series by Alexander Kent?  Thoughts?  I got a recommendation.

Alexander Kent is a pen name for Douglas Reeman, so if you have read any Reeman you know what to expect from Kent:  good and exciting stories, but not a huge amount of character development.  Much better than Hornblower, and probably the best of the Napoleonic naval fiction.  The ones taking place in the Pacific were particularly good.  The later books (when Bolitho is an admiral and there's a lot more politic involved) are not as good, but still very readable.
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #3952 on: November 10, 2019, 08:07:10 pm »
Thanks.
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #3953 on: November 11, 2019, 07:35:17 am »
I read To Glory We Steer, one of that series, and I enjoyed it a lot.
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