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Re: What not to read
« Reply #45 on: May 12, 2006, 03:48:09 AM »
You know I did enjoy the book's story and provacative plot-line..  But I must agree that Brown is lacking.  He just isn't *that* great of a writer.  

Have you read "Digital Fortress" (by Dan Brown)?   Terrible, Sloppy, and bad ending.   :P
In other words - Don't read it!  

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Re: What not to read
« Reply #46 on: May 12, 2006, 11:30:59 PM »
Ugh, yes. The ending was horribly drawn out. I figured out the solution ten pages before the main characters did, and was more than once tempted to skip ahead.
That and the ending was pretty dumb. I don't remember much about the rest of it, which is probably a good thing.
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« Reply #47 on: May 19, 2006, 12:39:38 AM »
ANY book by Dan Brown-  He dosn't reserch, he writes poorly, and he manages to be massivly ignorant about any subject he mentions.
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Re: What not to read
« Reply #48 on: May 19, 2006, 01:59:29 AM »
I can't wait for his autobiography.  ;D
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« Reply #49 on: May 19, 2006, 03:48:52 PM »
Like I said, he isn't the *best* writer..  But you have to admit that the boldness of the Davinci Code was rather genius, because look how many copies it's sold!
Hell, everytime someone raises another fuss, sues him, or starts a protest the damn thing sells another million copies!  
I suspect that he knew that would happen, and that's why he put a lot of contraversial stuff in his book.

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Re: What not to read
« Reply #50 on: May 19, 2006, 07:38:28 PM »
I sort of doubt it.  Da Vinci Code is a phenomenon.  I don't really thing you can "plan" to make one of those.  They just sort of take off, like Harry Potter.  Trying to write one on purpose probably happens all the time, but actually having one work is very rare.

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Re: What not to read
« Reply #51 on: May 24, 2006, 04:59:05 AM »
The Leadership Effectiveness Manual that I have lying around at work. I tend to avoid anything with the words "based on the seminal work of L. Ron Hubbard" printed on the cover.
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Re: What not to read
« Reply #52 on: May 24, 2006, 01:03:08 PM »
Sounds like one that might come in handy if you want to start a cult.
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Re: What not to read
« Reply #53 on: May 25, 2006, 02:02:20 AM »
I have some business or finance books to list.  Save your money!

"Rich Dad Poor Dad" - and *anything* spawned from this series.  All it teaches is attitude after a lengthy introduction from hell.  Then later on you find out how the author an his wife really made their money - by selling those books!!!    Don't read them!  :P


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Re: What not to read
« Reply #54 on: May 25, 2006, 12:58:07 PM »
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I have some business or finance books to list.  Save your money!

"Rich Dad Poor Dad" - and *anything* spawned from this series.  All it teaches is attitude after a lengthy introduction from hell.  Then later on you find out how the author an his wife really made their money - by selling those books!!!    Don't read them!  :P


I would like to say I disagree. Mainly because I know a millionaire who used Kiyosaki's information to become a millionaire. But you don't have to believe in Kiyosaki's teachings. I, however, will trust the millionaire. ;)
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« Reply #55 on: May 25, 2006, 07:49:20 PM »
Well I read four of his books, but it's just the same principles being taught over and over again.
In "Your Guide to Investing," for example:   I wanted details on how the market worked according the author's perspective, and advice on how to proceed.  
Halfway through this thick book, he finally tells you: "this book isn't about investing, it's about the attitude the invester needs to have."  I was a little pissed off to say the least, especially because when you read back and do a skim of the chapters, you would have been convinced that was the books entire purpose.  Nope..   He just taught the same principles that were taught in "Rich Dad Poor Dad."  

No Offence, but I'm just not a millionare yet.  I need specifics, and I felt frustrated that he wouldn't cover the simplest aspects of calling a broker, how to research a stock or realestate investment, basic economic theorie, etc.

I know a couple of wealthy people too, and they all made it before these books were written so who knows...


 


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Re: What not to read
« Reply #56 on: June 04, 2006, 06:17:47 AM »
I would seriously advise not to read a dictionary, because it is really boring. Seriously though, I thought Jack Higgins' "Toll for the Brave" was rubbish. ;D
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Re: What not to read
« Reply #57 on: June 04, 2006, 12:30:50 PM »
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I would seriously advise not to read a dictionary, because it is really boring.


This explains so much.

;) Sorry, couldn't help myself.
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Re: What not to read
« Reply #58 on: July 26, 2006, 03:09:12 AM »
Whispers by Dean Koontz. Very, very, methodical/explicit.
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Re: What not to read
« Reply #59 on: July 26, 2006, 03:36:25 AM »
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I would seriously advise not to read a dictionary, because it is really boring.


I actually tried to do this in the 4th grade. I thought if I read the dictionary and memorized all the words, I'd be able to win the national spelling bee. I did get runner-up in the school bee in 8th grade (still kicking myself over forgetting the C in acquaintance--and it's an A word!), but I never really got through the As, given that I got beat up by the neighbor kids who thought I was too geeky. (Yes, I was, but hey, at least I had goals--I wanted to be the smartest kid in the world!)
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