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    Recommend and/or give a summary or critique of your favourite fiction or non-fiction book(s) here.

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    The Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly.

    Truly excellent stories about an LAPD detective. Very well researched, paced and constructed. Totally believable. The books are so well written that as you read them, you can see a film of the book playing in your head. Mr Connelly used to be a police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and his descriptions of american police work are very detailed.

    One of the best opening lines; "The old lady had changed her mind about dying but by then it was too late." (referring to a suicide). One simple line describing a situation both very sad but also intriguing, making you want to read on.

    "Angels Flight", or "The Narrows" are good ones to start with. "City of bones" is very haunting.

    I think The best Harry Bosch books are the series from "The Black Echo" to "Echo Park".

    Two other books "Blood Work", and "A Darkness More Than Night" feature an FBI detective, Terry MaCaleb, and these are also excellent.

    After "Echo Park", the author goes off the boil, in my opinion, and Mr Connelly's later books seem to have lost his usual depth and subtlety, becoming more formulaic.


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    Well, the following isn't my absolute favorite novel, but it is in my top twenty list and one that I've read again recently as part of my annual revision list.

    Piers Anthony's sixth book in the Incarnations of Immortality series; For Love of Evil, and without revealing too much spoilers; here it is.

    It tells the tale of a magician's son who eventually becomes the incarnation of Evil amongst other incarnations of various classifications, such as Death, Fate, Good, Nature, Time, etc. One of the reasons why I like this particular book is how it deals with the mechanisms of belief, the classification of values that is Good and Evil as a subset of an ordered system, how it touches on the nature of Evil under a myriad of world belief systems, seemingly Evil actions and schemes undertaken to identify the Good in people, the vague concept of Love and how it applies to the Incarnation of Evil office, and finally how the story ultimately portrays the protagonist in resolving the conflicting emotions and actions in displaying his love for another that it led to his demise and subsequent reinstatement as being the preferred version of an Incarnation of Evil by the various Good and Neutral incarnations as opposed to his successor.

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    She sang the Song of Evening, which was also the Completion of Love. It was perhaps the most evocative rendition of such a melody ever performed by a mortal, for not only was she the finest female singer, enhanced by magic; she was truly in love. The entire assembly responded to that feeling, and so did he, reveling in the delight of the free recognition of her love for him, and his love for her. All present knew that there was no way that he could match this presentation.

    But he could. He was the finest male singer, and he had more than just love to express. He sang the one type of song that was forbidden to him; a hymm to God. Never mind that God was not listening, and perhaps was not worthy; the wedding party understood its significance, This was the supreme act of sacrifice: the one way Satan himself could prove himself worthy. As he sang, the choir of undamned souls joined him and flocked to him, enhancing his music, and were released to Heaven. Orb stared at him, Gradually realizing that her belief in his falsity was in error; that he truly did love her. He sang directly to her as he concluded. Now all the souls were gone, and his own body was destroyed by the power he had invoked. He went out, literally, in flame.

    He had sung himself knowingly into his doom. He had given up his existence as an Incarnation, that she might know, at the end, that his love had been true. He would never possess her, and he had lost his challenge to God, but he had done what he had to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobydoo1 View Post
    Well, the following isn't my absolute favorite novel, but it is in my top twenty list and one that I've read again recently as part of my annual revision list.

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    You posted in the non-fiction thread, but thanks anyway for being the first to reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One beer View Post
    You posted in the non-fiction thread, but thanks anyway for being the first to reply.

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    My bad, I had both threads opened, and must have mistakenly posted in the wrong one. I'll PM a mod to have it moved.
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    "Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn - A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything" - Amanda Gefter

    Traces the story of Amanda Gefter, a science writer for New Scientist who faked her way into science journalism following a quest initiated by her father and their mutual respect for the late John Wheeler to get to the very bottom of 'why this universe'. With access as a science journalist to the great physicists of our time in an array of disciplines, Amanda like a gifted project manager weaves what on first glance would appear to be disparate ideas in the field of Quantum Gravity approaches into a satisfying and comprehensive singular story that places the observer at centre stage of their universe where 'everything arises from the frame of reference taken of observers embedded in an unbounded infinite homogenous state'.

    A remarkably well written account of where physics is at today and unlike the pessimistic accounts of Peter Woit ("Not Even Wrong"), Lee Smolin ("The Trouble with Physics") and Jim Baggott ("Farewell to Reality"), showcases how the disparate roads towards Quantum Gravity are fast-tracking towards a unified relativists solution as opposed to heading further towards mathematical obscurity.

    Thank god for science writers like Gefter who have the ability to deftly convert some very arcane and exotic ideas into something understandable for the non-mathematicians out there.

    This was a page turner and has significantly flavoured my thoughts ever since my first read. I continuously use it as a reference source and the subject matter is particularly relevant for many of the current popular threads on this forum.
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    Currently re-reading Allen Steele's Near Space series (apart from the final one, which I not only don't own but have never come across 1).
    A (mostly 2) no-nonsense hard SF series about the colonisation of space, working, in various volumes, from the setting up of orbital power sats through to (ignoring the unread last book) a permanent Mars base (well, a number of them, by more than one nation...).
    It's a "nuts and bolts" telling, focussing quite a bit on the technical difficulties as well as the political and human ones.

    1 But is now on my Amazon Wish List ready for the next time I have some disposable income.
    2 He does have, for example, the annually-recurring Ghost of Challenger, in which a space launch can be seen - and photographed - exploding every year on the anniversary of the event. But it's only visible from space...
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    The War Without a Name: France in Algeria 1954-1962.
    France's (and, for that matter, Algeria's) struggles with decolonisation, following on from the defeat of les paras at Dien Bien Phu and the pullout from French Indochina.
    Getting into this book almost straight after watching Lost Command (itself a film version of Lartéguy's The Centurions) one quote from that film really struck me as holding true: on accepting the surrender of Raspeguy (Anthony Quinn - a character based on Bigeard) the Viet Minh commander (played by Burt Kwouk 1) says something along the lines of "The world has now seen that France can be defeated" 2 and makes a number of direct references to Algeria.

    1 Far better known as Cato in the Peter Sellers Pink Panther films.
    2 Despite (certain) current, modern, views France wasn't always regarded as a loser nation - and had in fact, prior to WWII, been the most militarily successful nation in Europe.
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    "The Autistic Brain" by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek, published by Mariner.

    A fascinating insight into how the autistic brain is wired up differently to the norm. The result of this is that some mental processes are vastly enhanced, but others are degraded.

    Ms Grandin has subjected herself to many brain scans of different types to find out how the structure and wiring of her own brain differs from 'neurotypical' layouts.

    Includes the AQ test where one can find where one's brain might be on the spectrum - from 'normal' to possible autistic.

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    I am just about to crack open Jim Holt's "Why does the World Exist - An existential detective story ". Pretty good reviews. Has anyone here read it and can offer a personal review before I get cracking?
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    The fiction and non-fiction book club threads have been merged and re-titled at OP request.
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    Ya don't wanna know.

    I have been so swamped, I haven't had a chance to pick up a book in 3 months!
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    Just finished (except for one volume which isn't in sight at the moment) Paul Preuss' Venus Prime SF series (based on Arthur C. Clarke shorts), William Barton's The Transmigration of Souls and Steve Perry's Matador series, (again, minus one volume that's wandered off to have fun 1).
    I feel like I'm getting back to my old self, at least as far as reading is concerned.

    1 Due to redecorating and having 1/2 to 1/3 of my books stuffed willy-nilly into the "pantry" (and under a ton of model kits) finding those "missing" books would be more effort than it's worth at the moment: especially as it appears that within the next few weeks I'm going to lose my home 2.
    2 Worry not loyal minions fans: I'll be rehoused. But moving is going to be a complete pain the arse. (Hopefully there'll be more space available for bookshelves: which means I can buy MORE books).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Just finished (except for one volume which isn't in sight at the moment) Paul Preuss' Venus Prime SF series (based on Arthur C. Clarke shorts), William Barton's The Transmigration of Souls and Steve Perry's Matador series, (again, minus one volume that's wandered off to have fun 1).
    I feel like I'm getting back to my old self, at least as far as reading is concerned.

    1 Due to redecorating and having 1/2 to 1/3 of my books stuffed willy-nilly into the "pantry" (and under a ton of model kits) finding those "missing" books would be more effort than it's worth at the moment: especially as it appears that within the next few weeks I'm going to lose my home 2.
    2 Worry not loyal minions fans: I'll be rehoused. But moving is going to be a complete pain the arse. (Hopefully there'll be more space available for bookshelves: which means I can buy MORE books).

    Sir Ducky, I just did a big move. Two houses into two houses and other rental house moving into. Three houses total. It SUCKS. Getting settled here. Other house for sale Other house long term rental. I still have stuff to do. I am not moving again, till they bury me!
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    I've been reading the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. It kind of reminds me of the Rockford files in many ways. I'm planning on reading The Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides. it sounds like an interesting narrative non-fiction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
    The fiction and non-fiction book club threads have been merged and re-titled at OP request.
    Thank you Harold, (and John Galt).

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    I have just finished 'Everything and Forever - Learning to See Timelessness' by Gevin Giorbran from a recommendation made by of one of the members of this forum.

    An interesting read that views time as the orderly progression of possible states between ordered extremes of grouping order versus symmetry order. Both ordered states, grouping order from the Big Bang and symmetry order positioned in our future, are influencing the possible states or pathways of our universe/multiverse. The writer seeks to extend principles of thermodynamics to suggest that entropic direction is not towards disorder but rather towards a state of pure equilibrium.
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    Finished reading Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen. I thought that I was buying a book about a crashed spaceship and aliens preserved in a secret area of the Southwest. This is a very interesting book about America's nuclear program and surveillance programs from the end of WWII to the mid 60s. About dirty bombs and unnecessary nuclear tests in the open atmosphere, about intentional dirty bombs back in the 60s, about the purposeful and ignorant contamination of our soil and water and people, not to mention our role in the escalation of and perpetuation of the Cold War. Interesting and engrossing, it shows just how science and the military kept testing new and bigger nuclear weapons for no good reason. About plutonium in the air and strontium 90 in the milk supply and contaminated grassland and farmland. This book explains a lot to me as an RN why middle aged baby boomers are dying of all sorts of previously rare cancers. What was our government thinking?
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    "Double Cross" by Ben Macintyre, a writer at large for The Times of London . It's about a Spaniard, code name Garbo, working for the British Secret Service, MI6, during WW2.

    Garbo was initially rejected by MI6 so he went to the German secret service and was hired as an operative. After he became a trusted German agent, he went back to and was hired by MI6.

    I'm not finished reading it yet but so far it is very well written and very interesting.
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    Currently deeply into The Great Book of Amber. Zelazny's magnum opus (according to some) 1.
    A friend got me onto these sometime back in the early/ mid '70s and I thought a re-read (plus, at the time, I hadn't seen the final 5 books of that saga) was due.

    1 While I find them enjoyable, for me Zelazny's best work (in novels at least) would be the likes of Creatures of Light and Darkness and Lord of Light.
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    "The Black Ice" by Michael Connelly

    Another detective Harry Bosch book. 'Black Ice' is a heroine/crack/PCP drug. Another detective that Harry knows was investigating the black ice trade and goes missing - eventually being found in a motel bathroom with his face blown off by a shotgun - apparently in a suicide. Harry is suspicious, since this is out of character, and events in other investigations he is involved in have coincidences to this one. His investigations take him to Mexico.

    I won't say any more, (I have read it before, so I know what happens), but it has some really good detective and forensic work combined with action and what seems to be a very realistic portrayal of working life and politics in the LAPD, and living in Los Angeles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Implicate Order View Post
    I am just about to crack open Jim Holt's "Why does the World Exist - An existential detective story ". Pretty good reviews. Has anyone here read it and can offer a personal review before I get cracking?

    I cannot, but he gave an interesting TED talk about the same question. He expresses doubts about Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe and Lawrence Krauss' A Universe from Nothing. He further proposes that the reality we live in, is a "generic reality", for which no explanation is necessary.

    Anyhow, I am currently reading the sixth edition of Darwin's On the Origin of Species that appeared in 1872, translated to Dutch by R. Rook.
    I had tried to read the English version (which is freely available on the web), but the language was too difficult (for me) to understand Darwin's words.
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    ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, The Art of Being Right: 38 Ways to Win an Argument (1831), Stratagem XXXVIII.
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    Just finished Reeve's "Mortal Engines" tetralogy ( all four books ) - it mightn't be the deepest or most philosophical of works, and both the story and the characters do lack a bit of substance in places, but it was nonetheless a very enjoyable read. The entire overarching concept is also pretty original and somewhat thought-provoking, and I couldn't help but find the ending quite moving. Overall, I would definitely recommend it for some light yet captivating entertainment.

    My next book will be "One Man's Wilderness" by Sam Keith.
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    Dr zhivago, the lack of plot is made up for with flowery language. Also reading On the origin of the species.
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    From Time to time I enjoy rereading things from my past Now I'm rereading The Little Prince. It isn't long so I'll just post a link to it here. It is a free book.



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    I am often reading scripts for theatre and working on music. I am trying to find another two person show I could do, both here and Mainland. I would like to bring "Love Letters" to the island for Valentine's Day, as a dinner theater piece. The last time I did that, Mainland, it was sold out and they turned people away. I am considering offering doing this for another hotel, so never let your script get stale.

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    Anyone read John Gray's Straw Dogs and The Silence of Animals?

    I found these to be controversial but quite a rewarding read.
    Not since The Selfish Gene have I read anything quite as depressing as Straw Dogs.

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    I am thinking about rereading The Hobbit and starting The Lord of the Rings trilogy afterwards.
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    I don't seem to have time to read......ok well except on the "white porcelain throne". I am in constant motion!
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    Love to go into a charity shop and buy a book for a pound. Today I bought Palaeontology by Henry Woods.

    But enough of the serious stuff.
    I'm now inspired by Robin Ince's Bad Book Club to seek out George King's The Day the Gods Came, which is apparently a book so bad it's worth twice the price.
    All I can find is a copy selling for over a thousand pounds, and it only has 72 pages. Any ideas?

    I notice he doesn't list Anthony Mallin's UFO Official Briefing, a book so bad it's actually compelling. This is the sequel to Asylum, which I'm told needs reading first, but I've never found a copy.
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    Currently, I'm reading Golden Prey by John Sandford and Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King.
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    Just finished "reading" (audiobook listening) to H.P. Lovecrafts Necronomicon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    Just finished "reading" (audiobook listening) to H.P. Lovecrafts Necronomicon
    Nice! Also fitting for you You should check out the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. It's set in the Tri-Cities and Briggs is actually friends with Madilane. The covers of the books or at least the first couple look trashy, but I would compare them most closely to the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. And speaking of Butcher, you should try his series Codex Alera, its a good high fantasy which is saying something since I generally dislike that genre.
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    I already have all the Dresden files, the Codex Alara and the Spire Chronicles book one. I really like Jim butcher, though it's bwen a couple of years since his last book released .
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    How did I not know you read those? And yes I've been waiting forever it seems for something new from him. Since you like those, you should like the Mercy Thompson series.

    Another good book series is the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. The first book is The Name of the Wind and I cannot recommend it enough. You've probably already read it though since it's ten years old now.
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    Danil L. Everett's How Language Began and Gene Machine by Venki Ramakrishnan.
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    Want a good way to get to sleep? Read a book on sleep!
    I recommend:
    The Sleep Revolution (Arianna Huffington).
    Why We Sleep (Matthew Walker).

    I've always known I'm an early to bed and late to rise person so I'm not a morning lark or a night owl, just plain lazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
    Want a good way to get to sleep? Read a book on sleep!
    I recommend:
    The Sleep Revolution (Arianna Huffington).
    Why We Sleep (Matthew Walker).

    I've always known I'm an early to bed and late to rise person so I'm not a morning lark or a night owl, just plain lazy.

    I am a night owl!!!
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    I'm a hammock dweller who hates sleep deprivation.
    Those books propose that sleep is the best medicine for both mental and physical health. Not exercise.
    I used to know a certain type of person who never went to bed before 2 am. Real heroes. Yet they always looked older than their years.
    When I worked night shift I found I couldn't sleep well during the day. There is a price to pay for upsetting your body clock.

    I'm also a fan of the various F*ck It books, especially those by John Parkin.
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    I'm currently reading The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin for my physics seminar class. It describes the efforts physicists are making to come up with a theory of everything, and it had a few chapters over string theory. It's an interesting read.
    This book made me think that I definitely do not want to be a theoretical physicist. I'm simply not willing to spend several years of my life working complicated mathematics on a theory that will likely turn out to be completely wrong.

    A few days ago, I was in a car ride with my brother where I was discussing this book and string theory.
    He asked me, "So, do you think string theory is how the universe works?"
    "No," I replied, and explained why.
    "So, how do you think the universe works?"
    "I have no idea"
    Since that conversation I've read more of the book, and read about ideas such as loop quantum gravity and doubly special relativity. With my current knowledge I can't say who is on the right path, if anybody.
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    Never been a day person...I function better at night....years of doing music and theatre and average bedtime for me is 2 am
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    Quote Originally Posted by anticorncob28 View Post
    "So, how do you think the universe works?"
    "I have no idea"
    Since that conversation I've read more of the book, and read about ideas such as loop quantum gravity and doubly special relativity. With my current knowledge I can't say who is on the right path, if anybody.
    Loop quantum gravity is just another theory, where Carlo Rovelli in particular would like to make a name for himself.

    The universe works by the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (Entropy). No matter whether it's a soaring cathedral or a humble life form everything decays and dies with time.
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    I'm looking for a good fictional read, any suggestions? I'm typically drawn to non-fiction/autobiographies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
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    Bleak House. Dickens's best novel by a long shot, in my opinion. Full of characters, several sub-plots, and an increasingly frantic detective story towards the end. Also contains a creepy death: "....that and none other, of all the deaths that can be died...."

    Dickens HATES lawyers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    I'm looking for a good fictional read, any suggestions? I'm typically drawn to non-fiction/autobiographies.
    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It's a truly beautiful book.
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    Thanks Falconer, and exchemist, I'll look to see if these are available on kindle.
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    Why Intelligence Fails by Robert Jervis.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...lligence-fails

    Ways of War and Peace by Michael Doyle.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ways-War-Pe.../dp/0393969479
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Thanks Falconer, and exchemist, I'll look to see if these are available on kindle.
    You're welcome. Name of the Wind is really a different take on fantasy, it mainly features a character telling a story about himself in an effort to clear up the legends that had formed surrounding his life. It's very meta, but instead of detracting from the story it just makes it even more intriguing. There's a sequel called A Wise Man's Fear and a companion novella called The Slow Regard of Silent Things.
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    I just finished Jungle by Yossi Ghinsberg, a true story of a guy who gets into an accident in the Amazon, separates from his travel partner and miraculously survives in the jungle for three weeks. It's a great survival story. There's no way I could've done it.
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