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
Actuarial Jobs

Visit our site for the most up to date jobs for actuaries.

Actuarial Salary Surveys
Property & Casualty, Health, Life, Pension and Non-Tradtional Jobs.

Actuarial Meeting Schedule
Browse this year's meetings and which recruiters will attend.

Contact DW Simpson
Have a question?
Let's talk.
You'll be glad you did.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #5051  
Old 01-10-2012, 02:16 PM
OddSox OddSox is offline
Member
CAS
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Studying for Jazz Piano
Favorite beer: Founders Dirty Bastard
Posts: 12,106
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Arbitrary View Post
No it's not worth reading, or no you haven't read it? Or no you don't think books are more like reading than an e-reader? Or "No." you disapprove of me conceptually?
there was only one question in your post.
Reply With Quote
  #5052  
Old 01-10-2012, 02:17 PM
Anthemyst's Avatar
Anthemyst Anthemyst is offline
Member
SOA
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Studying for FAP
Posts: 12,989
Default

"No, zombie fiction is not worth reading" for me. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies felt like a computer program wrote it. I got through maybe a chapter.
__________________
. . . . . . . . . . . .
P FM MFE MLC C IA FA
Reply With Quote
  #5053  
Old 01-10-2012, 02:23 PM
The Arbitrary's Avatar
The Arbitrary The Arbitrary is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Studying for a field sobriety test
Favorite beer: Grizzly
Posts: 15,362
Default

Ok good to know. Ya'll just saved me a couple hours. Dracula is the last vampire book I read, and there's no way in hell I'm jumping in on the rest of the drivel. The zombie stuff I've seen a lot of and heard good things, although from people who don't read much, so didn't know if it was worth perusing.
Reply With Quote
  #5054  
Old 01-10-2012, 02:24 PM
ORLYLOL's Avatar
ORLYLOL ORLYLOL is offline
Member
SOA
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Sweden
Favorite beer: La-goo-nee-tas
Posts: 14,985
Default

World War Z might be worthwhile
__________________
My mama said, "To get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom."
Reply With Quote
  #5055  
Old 01-10-2012, 02:41 PM
gadzookz gadzookz is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 4,128
Default

I've not been interested in the zombie stuff, but I have read book 1 of Dean Koontz Frankenstein series and enjoyed it. I have the next book and plan to finish the series.

I've also got Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter on my library audiobook wishlist. Curiousity has the better of me on this one, though I don't know anyone else who has read it. I have low expectations for it, so it will probably be a decent surprise. Tim Burton is a producer on the film adaptation later this year.
Reply With Quote
  #5056  
Old 01-10-2012, 02:45 PM
ziggyz ziggyz is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 505
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gadzookz View Post
I've not been interested in the zombie stuff, but I have read book 1 of Dean Koontz Frankenstein series and enjoyed it. I have the next book and plan to finish the series.

I've also got Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter on my library audiobook wishlist. Curiousity has the better of me on this one, though I don't know anyone else who has read it. I have low expectations for it, so it will probably be a decent surprise. Tim Burton is a producer on the film adaptation later this year.
I enjoyed it. It was an interesting take on events in his life.

I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also. That sucked. I didn't enjoy the original either though, so that could be why.

I read the Zombie Survival Guide; it was ok. Somewhat interesting ideas on what to do if there were an apocalypse. Not really a story or useful other than discussing its ideas in the Walking Dead thread. I hear good things about World War Z.
Reply With Quote
  #5057  
Old 01-10-2012, 02:53 PM
campbell's Avatar
campbell campbell is offline
Mary Pat Campbell
SOA AAA
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: NY
Studying for duolingo and coursera
Favorite beer: Murphy's Irish Stout
Posts: 93,618
Blog Entries: 6
Default

There is good zombie fiction out there.

The stuff that takes classic novels and inserts zombies/other assorted monsters.... is not that good zombie fiction. So far.
__________________
It's STUMP - meep on public finance, pensions, mortality, and more

LinkedIn Profile
Reply With Quote
  #5058  
Old 01-10-2012, 02:53 PM
campbell's Avatar
campbell campbell is offline
Mary Pat Campbell
SOA AAA
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: NY
Studying for duolingo and coursera
Favorite beer: Murphy's Irish Stout
Posts: 93,618
Blog Entries: 6
Default

Zombie nonfiction - I'll have to get back to you on that.
__________________
It's STUMP - meep on public finance, pensions, mortality, and more

LinkedIn Profile
Reply With Quote
  #5059  
Old 01-10-2012, 02:57 PM
ORLYLOL's Avatar
ORLYLOL ORLYLOL is offline
Member
SOA
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Sweden
Favorite beer: La-goo-nee-tas
Posts: 14,985
Default

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/bl...ctiousdiseases
__________________
My mama said, "To get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom."
Reply With Quote
  #5060  
Old 01-10-2012, 03:41 PM
ajstudies's Avatar
ajstudies ajstudies is offline
Member
SOA AAA
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Favorite beer: root
Posts: 3,921
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maine-iac View Post
I have noticed since getting the Kindle that LOTS of folks on various fora are enthusiastically recommending vampire books, werewolf books and zombie books. I blame it on Twilight. I have yet to be suckered into any of them, though a free download of Stoker's Dracula is tempting. Haven't read that in years.
I read some book about a zombie (or was it vampire?)-fighting soccer mom a while back. It was ok as a silly light read. It was no worse than Janet Evanovich's bail bondsgirl series or Joanne Fluke's cookie baking murder sleuth series.

I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It was ok but silly. Kind of fun if you enjoy mocking Jane Austen, as I do.

I hated Twilight, but read them to see what my teen was reading, and finished them just to be able to say, yes, I read the whole series and still hated it. (Convinced my girl, too, which was no small feat.)

In general I reject a lot of the vampire/zombie stuff b/c it is so overdone right now, and there are so many classics I haven't read. Some of it is entertaining, but I find a little goes a long way.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by campbell
There's definitely a humor diversity in the profession.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Evil Twin View Post
If there are any stray hairs around, feel free to split them while I'm gone.
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 06:47 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 0.57240 seconds with 10 queries