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What Are You Reading At The Moment?

Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:10 am

We have a what are you listening to message, so how about one for those who also read books?

I'm currently reading Porsche: Excellence was Expected Volume 1, by Karl Ludvigsen. (It's a three volume set with more than 1600 pages).

I'm up to the "Overhead cams for the 901" part of Chapter 16, New Direction: 911 and 912, 1959-1966. I can't say I've come across any books more thoroughly researched than those by Karl Ludvigsen.

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Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:15 am

Currently reading 'War & Peace' by Leo Tolstoy - have been meaning to do so for quite some time, but its sheer size intimated me. 50 pages down, 1,150 to go.
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Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:34 am

Just finished reading: Development of piston aero engines" by Bill Gunston.
I''m trying to figure out what to read next. I've bid on a few books on Ebay which I'll hopefully win. So it's just old copies of AIR International at the moment.

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Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:45 am

Constantinople - The Forgotten Empire by Isaac Asimov. Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston, 1970.
Every body knows the Good Dr as a SF write, but he wrote some very, very good history books too.

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Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:52 am

Years ago, many years ago    I read Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Last August I was in the US and for old times' sake I bought a copy on departure at IAD, which I am now reading.

Besides that I regularly leaf through back copies of Airliner World, gardening magazines, weekly news publications.
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Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:54 am

The Girl Who Played With Fire - Steig Larsson

A continuation from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. On Chapter 5, so far so good. The first book was very slow, but picked up quickly after chapter 10.
 
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Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:28 am

The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

It tells of Kemal, who though engaged, enters into a relationship with a distant cousin. He develops an obsession with her that sees his normal life fall apart. He starts collecting small items that remind him of his former lover and these become the basis of his museum.
The narrative is a vivid portrayal of Istanbul in the mid seventies to mid eighties, a time of transition, and provides a kaleidoscope of personalities and events. What emerges is the shallowness and triviality of many westernised inhabitants' lives.
 
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Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:01 pm

After reading the 2 excellent autobiographies of Albert Speer (Hitler's architect and Reich's Minister who was sent to Spandau Prison to serve 20 years, and was the only one of the Inner Circle to ever show remorse for his actions), i was amazed at the clarity and perspicacity of thought that he showed, which he attributed to many years of going through classics and philosophical texts.

So, I made a promise to myself to read as many classics as i could by the end of the year, and as of late, i have started The Confessions of St Augustine of Hippo. Its a very tough read; i find i need a lot of thought and concentration to get the most out of it. Not your average bed side read, but quite rewarding i must say.

Next up Goethe and Milton.
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Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:53 pm

Currently reading this:



About halfway through at the moment. Very interesting insight into the Falklands conflict.
 
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RE: What Are You Reading At The Moment?

Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:03 pm

Quoting SAHSA (Reply 5):
The Girl Who Played With Fire - Steig Larsson

Ha, i've just finished the third book of Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.

I liked the trilogy very much as it gives you some insight in the tremendous powers some individuals have that decide about life & death.
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Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:44 pm

Just finishing up Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy.
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Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:30 pm

Terry Pratchett / Neil Gaiman:

Good Omens



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Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:18 pm

Tim Allen's Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man. It's a complete riot. I can't read a few sentences without laughing out loud.
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RE: What Are You Reading At The Moment?

Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:12 pm

I wish I had the time to sit down and enjoy a book. Last one I read was about a year ago, Saving Cascadia by John Nance. Good aviation themed read, nice twist at the end.

Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 1):
War & Peace' by Leo Tolstoy

One wonders if War & Peace would has been as highly acclaimed as it was if it was published under it's original name War - What Is It Good For?  
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RE: What Are You Reading At The Moment?

Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:00 pm

Quoting SAHSA (Reply 5):
The Girl Who Played With Fire - Steig Larsson

I finished just a couple of weeks ago the trilogy - absolutely awesome books, shame that there can never be any more.

Quoting noelg (Reply 8):
Currently reading this:

I read that a few months ago. Fascinating stuff. I bought it for my Dad, when he passed away I got it back.

Anyway, what I've just read in the last couple of weeks:


As already mentioned, brilliant series of books. Had me hooked from start to finish.


Also good, fascinating insight into following the England football team, and how fans have shunned the hooligan element.


Just finished this today. Hilarious (fictional) account of 3 guys hiking the West Highland Way in Scotland, looking for the mythical Swedish tourist girls.

Before I get to my next book, I'm reading this magazine:

However, it was the latest issue 

Next up will be this:


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Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:15 pm

I just finished "House Rules" by Jodie Picoult.

  

It was due to abject boredom that I read this book. It seems to me that Mrs Picoult merely picks a subject from a hat full of social issues & taboos, Wikipedia's it, looks up a few random bits of knowledge to throw in for the "crazy" charcaters; "subtly" throws everything (clunkily) into your face, seeks to "educate" you, & then ends up concluding with what you gathered in around the fifth chapter of the book.

God she really grinds my gears. But this is the second book of hers I've read.

 
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Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:19 pm

Organization: Contemporary Principles and Practice by John Child.
 
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Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:32 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 16):
Organization: Contemporary Principles and Practice by John Child.

Sounds really thrilling, don't stay up too late  


I just finished "The Man from Beijing" by Henning Mankell. Fun and fast paced, and surprisingly, not full of Scandinavians sighing and drinking endless cups of coffee...

I also just finished "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins - great book! It's in the young adults section, so I had to sneak in unnoticed at Borders to pick up a copy. It's set in the dystopian future and had me on the edge of my bed...
 
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RE: What Are You Reading At The Moment?

Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:39 pm

At the moment I'm about three quarters of the way through Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History'. Not sure what I'm going to go onto next but I have meaning to read Trainspotting when I can find a copy.

Quoting SAHSA (Reply 5):
The Girl Who Played With Fire - Steig Larsson

Not wanting to give anything away but make sure you have The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest close by for when your done with The Girl Who Played With Fire!
 
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Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:46 pm

Right now it's Semper Fi by W.E.B. Griffin. I'm sort of reading the The Corps series backwards; I started with Under Fire and Retreat, Hell! and read backwards until Counterattack based on availability at my library.

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Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:51 pm

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 4):
I read Joseph Heller's Catch-22.

Great book, one of my favorites for sure.

I just finished David Eggers' "Zeitoun", a non-fiction account of a Syrian man's post-Katrina hell in New Orleans and the absolute breakdown and failure of our criminal justice system. It's an infuriating read, especially considering how close to home the book is (I was there for the hurricane, lived there for 3 years after, and know some of the people mentioned in the story), but it's a story that hopefully will never be repeated. It also makes you realize how fragile our structured and orderly society really is when a curveball is thrown our way like several weeks without basic necessities. Absolute chaos.

Just started Niall Ferguson's "The Ascent of Money". Much less enthralling than Zeitoun, it's obviously much less personal a subject as it charts the history of banking and markets and how they led us to the 2008 collapse, but it is eye opening all the same.
 
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Sun Sep 26, 2010 2:59 am

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 13):
I wish I had the time to sit down and enjoy a book.

I cannot compute this statement in my brain!    No matter what, I always find the time, even if it's (literally) 5 minutes before bed to calm myself with a page or two from the latest novel I'm reading. Reading, to me, is one of life's greatest and simplest pleasures - these things are deserving of your time.  
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Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:09 am

Quoting comorin (Reply 17):
Sounds really thrilling, don't stay up too late

  It's not something I really desire to read, but I have to, so not much to do about it :P
 
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Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:22 am



I'm seriously thinking of doing an MBA but I want a good one so a need a high result. The last time I took the GMAT Princeton Review helped me a lot - scored 690 but I have to do even better now!
 
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RE: What Are You Reading At The Moment?

Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:47 am

This Thread............... LOL couldnt resist that! :P

I just finished reading Jeremy's Airport and thought it was very interesting, i heard hes left LHR now but came back to work with BA?
 
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Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:01 am

Currently reading two very different books.

Dying to Fly - Alistair Goodrum. It basically charts the stories behind hundreds of fatal and nonfatal crashes in the East Midlands area since the birth of military flying.

The Truth - Terry Pratchett. Slowly gleefully making my way through the discworld books.
 
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Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:54 am

Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 21):
I cannot compute this statement in my brain!

I do my reading on the train each day. It's a great way to escape from everything else.

In my set of books mentioned earlier, I got up to the bit about the Porsche 2623 1.5L V6 Turbo engine and the interesting power play by Ron Dennis (McLaren) sweeping in to get Mansour Ojjeh (TAG, then a sponsor of Williams) to pay for development of the new engine by Porsche, and the funny games between the Porsche people (Helmuth Bott and others) and McLaren's designer John Barnard, along with Niki Lauda's power-play to get the engine into the car earlier than planned.   Very funny.



That's the section I was reading when I posted the message.
 
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RE: What Are You Reading At The Moment?

Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:59 am

Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 21):
I cannot compute this statement in my brain!

It's very simple. Life gets in the way. What time I normally would use for a book gets taken up by looking for a better job and/or sleeping.
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Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:23 am

Quoting cpd (Reply 26):
In my set of books mentioned earlier, I got up to the bit about the Porsche 2623 1.5L V6 Turbo engine and the interesting power play by Ron Dennis (McLaren) sweeping in to get Mansour Ojjeh (TAG, then a sponsor of Williams) to pay for development of the new engine by Porsche, and the funny games between the Porsche people (Helmuth Bott and others) and McLaren's designer John Barnard, along with Niki Lauda's power-play to get the engine into the car earlier than planned. Very funny.

Looks like my kind of book. I have a nice little library of F1-related books, both volumes of photos and technical analysis books plus some interesting history. If you want to read 2 excellent books about a very different era, check out "Cars at Speed" by Robert Daley and "The Grand Prix Saboteurs" by Joe Saward. The first is a journalist's perspective of the dangerous and yet honorable days of the late 50s/early 60s, and the latter is an amazing true story of some prewar British and French GP drivers who ended up becoming spies in Nazi occupied France during the 2nd World War. It might as well be a movie it's so interesting; the fact that these guys did what they did blows me away.
 
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Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:06 am

Quoting Flyingfox27 (Reply 24):
This Thread............... LOL couldnt resist that! :P

Can't believe it took to post 24 to get that. You beat me to it, except I was gonna say that I'd just finished reading this thread on A.net, and am currently reading my reply to it. The next thing I read will be the "Preview The Post" button.
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Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:12 am

Quoting waterpolodan (Reply 28):

Looks like my kind of book.

And the funniest bit is when they put the Porsche 2623 Tag Turbo V6 engine into the spare Porsche 956C for testing (apparently without Ron Dennis' knowledge). Ron Dennis reportedly erupted with fury - since he apparently preferred that the engine be known as a TAG engine, not a Porsche one, but after settling down - his drivers tested that car for a while.

The Porsche test drivers (probably Peter Falk, who was something of a legend, or Roland Kussmaul - another legend in the history of Porsche) reckoned the car was faster than the series production 956C, with the TAG Turbo engine in only a lowly 660hp form.

Niki Lauda reckoned the acceleration was stunning, and had a feeling like being hit in the back with a bomb - even despite the added weight of the 956C (something near 850kg). Even stranger, that particular 956C was hurriedly taken back from the test program, repainted in some very classy paint finish and given a luxurious interior for its appearance alongside the Gruppe B show car at the Frankfurt motor show (The Gruppe B later became the famous technical tour-de-force we know as the 959).

I wonder if that 956C still exists?

The Carrera GT section of that book is also particularly interesting - especially seeing the people behind that car. It was of course none other than the legendary Norbert Singer, also known as the father of the 956/962 - possibly the most successful sports car of all time. You get the distinct impression that the Carrera GT has a lot of extra performance locked away - waiting to be unleashed by whoever has the skill to adjust its suspension properly and put some top level slick tyres on it.

You also get the impression from the book that the Porsche company - particularly the design/engineering departments were full of extremely talented and highly practical people who were truly passionate about sports cars and the Porsche brand. Ferry Porsche himself seemed to have a very good idea of what the customer wanted and really seemed to shape a lot of the cars that Porsche released with his feedback.

Anyhow, awesome set of books - although they are frighteningly expensive (and very heavy at 10kg all up). Karl Ludvigsen is a great author, his research and attention to detail is meticulous. And the photos he gets access to, just amazing.

Quoting Flyingfox27 (Reply 24):
This Thread............... LOL couldnt resist that! :P

I'm ashamed to admit it took me a few days to realise what you were on about there.  

[Edited 2010-09-27 21:20:24]

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Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:27 am

Reading a few books on Medieval Iberia for research, and just picked up Douglas Adams's A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Never read it, figured it was past time.

I read The Millenium Trilogy as well this summer. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo took me nearly a day and a half to read, but I read the 2nd and 3rd books in one day a piece. Addictive, fun books even though I thought they were also decently predictable.

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Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:57 am



One of my many textbooks......  
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Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:07 am

Just finished the "extended version" of Stranger in a Strange Land that was the original manuscript before having lots of bits removed to make it more acceptable in length for the times (early 1960s)

I think I'm still inwardly digesting it, but it was an interesting read.
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Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:16 am

Hello(!),

I'm reading a James Bond written by John Gardner in the 1908's/1990s. He wrote quite a lot of pretty good James Bond novels but nowone has ever heard about them.

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Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:26 am

I'm also reading 'Ask the Pilot' by Patrick Smith, essentially a collection of some of his articles/columns from Salon.com - an entertaining read, even if I'm not quite the intended readership (i.e. non-aviation enthusiasts and those afraid of flying).

Quoting cpd (Reply 26):
I do my reading on the train each day. It's a great way to escape from everything else.

Likewise. Although I get annoyed when I've reached my destination whilst in the middle of a 'good bit'.

[Edited 2010-09-28 03:32:31]
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Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:23 pm

A selection of colonial and postcolonial short stories...
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Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:54 pm

Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 35):
I'm also reading 'Ask the Pilot' by Patrick Smith, essentially a collection of some of his articles/columns from Salon.com - an entertaining read, even if I'm not quite the intended readership (i.e. non-aviation enthusiasts and those afraid of flying).

As an English Lit buff, I must say that Patrick is an amazing writer, evocative with a light touch. I do hope he'll write a travel book someday, he has such a knack for transporting the reader to the locale - a cheerful version of Hardy plus Theroux!
 
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Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:57 pm

I am currently reading this. Picked it up in paperback at MSP since I was facing a 3hr scheduled flight to JFK, followed by a TATL 757 ride. Nice to have a book for times when "approved electronic devices must be in the off position"



So far a pretty good book and moving along very well. I'll have to look him up in my public library and borrow some more books

Quoting SAHSA (Reply 5):
A continuation from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. On Chapter 5, so far so good. The first book was very slow, but picked up quickly after chapter 10.
Quoting signol (Reply 14):
I finished just a couple of weeks ago the trilogy - absolutely awesome books, shame that there can never be any more.

Great books. Watched the first movie on Netflix instant view, and was rather disappointed. OK movie, but nowhere close to the books. That being said, I will also watch the 2nd and 3rd movie.
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Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:41 am

Quoting cpd (Reply 30):

I wonder if that 956C still exists?

I use the Nostalgia Forum at Autosport.com frequently, there are plenty of automotive historians/drivers/team members that post there and make it one of the deepest sources of racing history on the web (Doug Nye is a regular there, that says a lot!), so I found a thread on the 956 test car and I asked about the current status of that chassis/engine, I'll let you know if anyone knows anything!

As for the performance of the TAG motor vs the 956's normal powerplant, it really shouldn't be a surprise that the drivers would speak so favorably of the TAG. After all, the flat 6 that was designed for the 956 was built to endurance specs, and never produced the maximum power that the TAG F1 engine did, despite being double the capacity. Not only did it have to last 24 hours running wide open the whole time, it had to do that amount of racing on a limited amount of fuel as per the Group C rules. Of course they could crank the boost up for qualifying, hence the 240+ mph trap speeds at Le Mans in 1987, but the engine's parts were heavier and more durable than the TAG motor which was built to produce maximum power for about 2 hours and no more. Not saying the TAG wasn't a fantastic motor, obviously it was, but it's hard to compare apples to oranges even if the specs make it seem that there is no way a 1.5L turbo can compete with a 3.0L turbo.

Quoting cpd (Reply 30):
Anyhow, awesome set of books - although they are frighteningly expensive (and very heavy at 10kg all up). Karl Ludvigsen is a great author, his research and attention to detail is meticulous. And the photos he gets access to, just amazing.

I love books like that, but unfortunately they always seem to be a very limited printing. I've been trying to get my hands on a copy of "Time and Two Seats" by Janos Wimpffen for about 5 years now as they are 2 massive volumes with just about every detail of sports car racing history imaginable, but so prized are these awesome books that they rarely go for less than $2,000 and I can't even begin to rationalize paying that much for 2 books about racing.
 
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Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:45 am

This:



and this:



Both are thrilling, I know.
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RE: What Are You Reading At The Moment?

Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:20 am

Quoting waterpolodan (Reply 39):
Nostalgia Forum at Autosport.com f

The user on that forum "KarlsCars" is Karl Ludvigsen, the author of the books if I remember right.

Quoting waterpolodan (Reply 39):
ot saying the TAG wasn't a fantastic motor, obviously it was, but it's hard to compare apples to oranges even if the specs make it seem that there is no way a 1.5L turbo can compete with a 3.0L turbo.

Exactly right. The TAG turbo in the early days suffered some pretty bad turbo lag too - so it tended to deliver its power in one monumentally abrupt blast (hence Niki Lauda's claim). But later on with careful development, those characteristics were apparently solved - while according to the data, horsepower increased to almost 1000 in qualifying tune, while at other times it could punch out a quite stunning 812hp.

The standard production model 956C however was a very sweet machine. And contrary to many beliefs, it was staggeringly ordinary to start. You started it with a key and switched it on like any other normal Porsche, it had stalks for turn indicators and other features (just like a normal car), and the engine was apparently a superb device that would reportedly pull strongly and cleanly from as low as 2000rpm - again a remarkable achievement for a small and highly developed engine. The 956C, along with the various 917 derivatives are probably among my favourite historical sportscars. The ordinary nature of the 956C in many respects was probably a throwback to the days when Porsche race cars were also road-legal.

The second volume of the book has a huge section devoted entirely to the "ulcer", which is what they termed the 917. While it was a dreadful machine at the start, it soon became a much feared weapon with outrageous brutal performance that Paul Frere described as being far in excess of what any ordinary person could comprehend.

Quoting waterpolodan (Reply 39):
I love books like that, but unfortunately they always seem to be a very limited printing.

I missed out on The Mercedes Benz Racing Cars - Quicksilver Century also by Karl Ludvigsen. It was a glorious book on the history of Mercedes Benz in racing.

[Edited 2010-09-28 20:25:44]
 
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Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:27 am

W.E.B. Griffin's "The Vigilantes" is the current read - I'll always stand in line for his new books. Same with, Child, Dale Brown and even the POM Archer. Bob Woodward's new book is the next buy.
 
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Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:13 am

Quoting comorin (Reply 37):
Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 35):
I'm also reading 'Ask the Pilot' by Patrick Smith, essentially a collection of some of his articles/columns from Salon.com - an entertaining read, even if I'm not quite the intended readership (i.e. non-aviation enthusiasts and those afraid of flying).


As an English Lit buff, I must say that Patrick is an amazing writer, evocative with a light touch. I do hope he'll write a travel book someday, he has such a knack for transporting the reader to the locale - a cheerful version of Hardy plus Theroux!

And only one of you is on his respected users list?  Wink
He is a good writer. You can tell you are reading one of his posts on here without even seeing his username.

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RE: What Are You Reading At The Moment?

Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:41 am

Quoting comorin (Reply 37):
Patrick is an amazing writer, evocative with a light touch.

Indeed. The introductory chapter of the book very poignantly captured why I love aviation, but at the same time was a diplomatic little dig at the less gracious air traveller.

Okay, flying sucks, but if you can't value the idea of zipping to Hong Kong in twelve hours in a million-pound machine, there's a problem.

  
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RE: What Are You Reading At The Moment?

Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:00 pm

Quoting 4holer (Reply 43):
And only one of you is on his respected users list?

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RE: What Are You Reading At The Moment?

Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:34 pm



It's been a really great read so far. I'm saddened to be reminded of how many guys died in F1 in the early years of me watching it. And it's also sad to read the book knowing how it will end. But it's fascinating.

Soon I will be reading this:



...as I return to studying for my actuarial designation. One e-Learning class to go.
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