Actuarial Outpost
 
Go Back   Actuarial Outpost > Cyberchat > Non-Actuarial Topics > TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc
FlashChat Actuarial Discussion Preliminary Exams CAS/SOA Exams Cyberchat Around the World Suggestions

DW Simpson International Actuarial Jobs
Canada  Asia  Australia  Bermuda  Latin America  Europe


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #81  
Old 12-15-2004, 12:34 PM
Rosebud's Avatar
Rosebud Rosebud is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 1,183
Default

I'm going through Harry Turtledove's alternate history since the Civil War.

I've just finished The Victorious Opposition so I'm up to 1941, but I haven't been able to find his latest in a library nearby.

MusicMan--you mentioned the Jack Aubrey series. I'm pretty sure I've heard that the order in which they were written is not the chronological order from the characters' POV. Since I'd like to read them in the internally consistent order, which one should I start with?
Reply With Quote
  #82  
Old 12-15-2004, 12:58 PM
wgcdre wgcdre is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: UC San Diego
Posts: 273
Default

Confessions of a Shopaholic
Reply With Quote
  #83  
Old 12-15-2004, 01:57 PM
Maine-iac's Avatar
Maine-iac Maine-iac is offline
Member
CAS SOA AAA
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: The Pine Tree State
Favorite beer: Wine
Posts: 36,386
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rosebud
I'm going through Harry Turtledove's alternate history since the Civil War.

I've just finished The Victorious Opposition so I'm up to 1941, but I haven't been able to find his latest in a library nearby.

MusicMan--you mentioned the Jack Aubrey series. I'm pretty sure I've heard that the order in which they were written is not the chronological order from the characters' POV. Since I'd like to read them in the internally consistent order, which one should I start with?
I believe the Aubrey Maturin series is in historic order. It's the Horatio Hornblower series that is out of order, chronologically.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...277956-3937767
Reply With Quote
  #84  
Old 12-15-2004, 02:07 PM
Rosebud's Avatar
Rosebud Rosebud is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 1,183
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maine-iac
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rosebud
I'm going through Harry Turtledove's alternate history since the Civil War.

I've just finished The Victorious Opposition so I'm up to 1941, but I haven't been able to find his latest in a library nearby.

MusicMan--you mentioned the Jack Aubrey series. I'm pretty sure I've heard that the order in which they were written is not the chronological order from the characters' POV. Since I'd like to read them in the internally consistent order, which one should I start with?
I believe the Aubrey Maturin series is in historic order. It's the Horatio Hornblower series that is out of order, chronologically.
Thanks, Maine-iac. Maybe it was the fact that the movie took parts from two books separated in the series is what threw me off.
Reply With Quote
  #85  
Old 12-15-2004, 02:26 PM
ACCtuary's Avatar
ACCtuary ACCtuary is offline
Member
SOA
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Montgomery County, PA (Phila area)
Studying for none
College: MIT
Favorite beer: Sam Adams
Posts: 6,498
Default

On my nightstand at this very moment:

Married by Anne Roiphe.

On the surface, a defense of marriage. In fact, a somewhat meandering set of observations on all issues affecting marriage. But her sincerity makes up for the flaws in the text.

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

This book is really just a collection of utopian essays, strung together by a plot. But a great work of futurism. I return to it from time to time.

Ringworld by Larry Niven

Sleeping Aid.

Battle Cry of Freedom by MacPherson

Narrative history of the civil war. Many interesting details.
__________________
Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but Markov Chains excite me.
Reply With Quote
  #86  
Old 12-15-2004, 02:48 PM
turpin's Avatar
turpin turpin is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 788
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Macavity
Save yourself from Da Vinci Code.

It is the most overrated book of the century.
I may be beating a dead horse , but I thought the Left Behind series was more over-rated. The movies are OK if you're drunk or high though.
Reply With Quote
  #87  
Old 12-15-2004, 02:53 PM
Pseudolus's Avatar
Pseudolus Pseudolus is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Kooey Kooey Kooey
Favorite beer: Four Loko
Posts: 64,111
Default

I read the first of the Aubrey novels. The story was fun, but all the naut-y talk (the mizzen this tied to the flying whatchimacallit) really made my eyes glaze over. Ended up skimming over a lot of that crap looking for the next actual bit of plot.

If someone comes out with an "expurgated" version for landlubbers, sign me up. Otherwise, I'm going to stick with Flashman.
Reply With Quote
  #88  
Old 12-15-2004, 02:53 PM
TimX TimX is offline
Member
SOA AAA
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 22,285
Default

This thread
__________________
If I need to know about it, post it in my glob.
Reply With Quote
  #89  
Old 12-15-2004, 03:33 PM
saahu5's Avatar
saahu5 saahu5 is offline
Member
SOA AAA
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: MN
Favorite beer: Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier Dunkel
Posts: 216
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wgcdre
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Those books are hilarious!
Reply With Quote
  #90  
Old 12-15-2004, 04:35 PM
Professor Donald Trump Professor Donald Trump is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Pocohauntus' posse
Posts: 2,181
Default

I'm reading Plato's Gorgias.
Listening to Aristotle's Ethics.
__________________
"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others."
- Harry Anslinger, testifying to Congress, 1937
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
*PLEASE NOTE: Posts are not checked for accuracy, and do not
represent the views of the Actuarial Outpost or its sponsors.
Page generated in 0.35145 seconds with 10 queries