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Mr. Nemo
Feb 4, 2016

A roc and a hard place



Vei posted:

Looking for a thriller or mystery recommendation that has as heavy of an emphasis on realistic finance/accounting/banking/etc. as possible, if anyone has any!

I have read The Social Climber's Handbook which was thoroughly enjoyable, but more of a lighthearted "fun" read and not quite in-the-weeds enough for what I'm looking for.

Don't hate me, but I'm a sci-fi/fantasy reader on SA, so I'm forced to recommend our own General Batuta's The traitor Baru Cormorant. A victim of colonization enters the public service of the empire, to try and destroy it with the power of accounting. Just to be clear, this isn't a self published book or anything like that.

The first one has a heavy focus on economics.

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Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Mr. Nemo posted:

Don't hate me, but I'm a sci-fi/fantasy reader on SA, so I'm forced to recommend our own General Batuta's The traitor Baru Cormorant. A victim of colonization enters the public service of the empire, to try and destroy it with the power of accounting. Just to be clear, this isn't a self published book or anything like that.

The first one has a heavy focus on economics.

Seconding this rec. It's good, though it is definitely a (non-magical/fantastical) fantasy world.

Sham bam bamina!
Nov 6, 2012

ƨtupid cat




Vei posted:

Looking for a thriller or mystery recommendation that has as heavy of an emphasis on realistic finance/accounting/banking/etc. as possible, if anyone has any!
The Forensic Certified Public Accountant and the Cremated 64-SQUARES Financial Statements, by Dwight David Thrash, CPA, FCPA, CGMA.

http://amazon.com/dp/1519016158/

evilpicard
Sep 11, 2006
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Any recommendations for a history of the American national parks/national trails, especially if it's available as an audiobook?

Chas McGill
Oct 29, 2010


I'm all about ancient Egypt at the moment. Are there any good historical fiction novels set there?

Sham bam bamina!
Nov 6, 2012

ƨtupid cat




Chas McGill posted:

I'm all about ancient Egypt at the moment. Are there any good historical fiction novels set there?
This is a real sore spot for me, because Mika Waltari's The Egyptian is considered a Finnish masterpiece, but the only English version is a horrific hatchet job, both a secondhand translation (from Swedish) and heavily abridged (dropping a third of the text). I can't believe that something hasn't been done about this in the 72 years since. But if you know Finnish, I recommend this book.

Sham bam bamina! fucked around with this message at 05:08 on Apr 16, 2021

3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

- Ska du ha maito i kaffet?


Sham bam bamina! posted:

This is a real sore spot for me, because Mika Waltari's The Egyptian is considered a Finnish masterpiece, but the only English version is a horrific hatchet job, both a secondhand translation (from Swedish) and heavily abridged (dropping a third of the text). I can't believe that something hasn't been done about this in the 72 years since. But if you know Finnish, I recommend this book.

Eh, just watch the movie

ToxicFrog
Apr 26, 2008




So, in some other thread, the subject of racecars (specifically NASCAR and F1) came up, and specifically, discussion of all the crazy bullshit engineers get up to trying to either (a) do stuff that is not technically against the letter of the rules, but is definitely against the spirit, or (b) do stuff that is completely against the rules but not get caught.

Examples included the extra-long helical fuel hose, the inflatable fuel tank insert that made the tank seem smaller when it was being tested, and the turbocharger that measured as within spec off the track but changed shape slightly under load to admit more air.

Is there a good book about this stuff, or about cool poo poo in racecar engineering more generally? Basically I'm looking for the automotive equivalent of Ignition: An Informal History of Liquid Fuel Rocket Propellants. You can't throw a cat without hitting a youtube video about it, but I'd rather read.

Take the plunge! Okay!
Feb 24, 2007




You should probably read Adrian Neweyís autibiography, How to Build a Car. He goes into a lot of detail how he and other F1 designers bent all kinds of rules and exploited different loopholes. Top of my head, his cars won 10+ WDCs and might win one this year, so he knows his stuff.

There is also the John Barnard autobiography, but I havenít read that one.

ahobday
Apr 19, 2007



I've just finished the Demon Princes series by Jack Vance and I'm after more of the same, in this sense:

1. Science fiction
2. Very competent protagonist who can do anything and never really gets into trouble
3. Adventure/solving problems

Any suggestions?

Selachian
Oct 9, 2012



ahobday posted:

I've just finished the Demon Princes series by Jack Vance and I'm after more of the same, in this sense:

1. Science fiction
2. Very competent protagonist who can do anything and never really gets into trouble
3. Adventure/solving problems

Any suggestions?

Miles Vorkosigan and Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat are the first names that leap to mind. Also, Keith Laumer's Retief books, but those haven't aged very well.

If you like problem-solving stories, you might also enjoy James White's Sector General books (medical drama in space!).

tuyop
Sep 14, 2006

Every second that we're not growing BASIL is a second wasted


Fun Shoe

ahobday posted:

I've just finished the Demon Princes series by Jack Vance and I'm after more of the same, in this sense:

1. Science fiction
2. Very competent protagonist who can do anything and never really gets into trouble
3. Adventure/solving problems

Any suggestions?

The Voyage of the Space Beagle for sure

regulargonzalez
Aug 18, 2006
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ahobday posted:

I've just finished the Demon Princes series by Jack Vance and I'm after more of the same, in this sense:

1. Science fiction
2. Very competent protagonist who can do anything and never really gets into trouble
3. Adventure/solving problems

Any suggestions?

You know, I'm half tempted to recommend Mission Earth because it technically fits all your requirements but then I remembered that my New Year's resolution was to not be an rear end in a top hat.

3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

- Ska du ha maito i kaffet?


History of canon (as in "what books are included in the Old and New Testament)? The more in-depth the better.

ulvir
Jan 2, 2005



W.B. Tatum's Jesus: a brief history does a good job for christianity specifically. though it's centred around Jesus, it goes into detail about the canonisation of the texts in the new testament, as well as the history of representation of jesus and the development of the christian church up to today

and, obviously, includes a heap of references you can check out for stuff you'd want to read more about

Vei
Jan 29, 2007


Thanks for the Finance Fiction recs everyone! I ended up discovering Stephen Frey http://www.stephenwfrey.com/ and decided to try him out.

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The other day I finished Marshlands by Andre Gide. I did NOT expect 100-year old French literature to be so funny, readable, and thought-provoking. Does anyone here have any French books they are very fond of and would recommend?

Vei fucked around with this message at 18:14 on Apr 21, 2021

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Take the plunge! Okay!
Feb 24, 2007




Vei posted:

Thanks for the Finance Fiction recs everyone! I ended up discovering Stephen Frey http://www.stephenwfrey.com/ and decided to try him out.

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The other day I finished Marshlands by Andre Gide. I did NOT expect 100-year old French "literature" to be so funny, readable, and thought-provoking. Does anyone here have any French books they are very fond of and would recommend?

Louis-Ferdinand Celineís Journey to the End of the Night is rambling, bizarre, hilarious, cynical and amazingly fun at the same time, one of my all time favorites.

George Perecís Life: A Userís Manual is great, a heap of seemingly unconnected material about the lives of the inhabitants of a Parisian apartment building. Stories that would qualify as romances, adventure stories, epistolary novels, all interconnected and relating to each other. Itís an amazing work.

Forums favorite Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert - what a fantasy novel should be. Weird and mystical, vivid in its descriptions of battles, religious rites and general mayhem in Punic Wars era Carthage, itís really good.

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