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    Been a marathon read but have just finished "The Border" by Don Winslow.
    This is his third book about Mexican drugs,cartels,etc,after "The Power of the Dog" and "The Cartel".
    Hard reads,but well worthwhile.

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    Just finished "All That's Dead" by one of my favourite authors Stuart MacBride.
    A good read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by percy View Post
    Just finished "All That's Dead" by one of my favourite authors Stuart MacBride.
    A good read.
    Stuart MacBride is hilarious and very descriptive etc. Tells a great story. One of my favourites as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stones View Post
    Stuart MacBride is hilarious and very descriptive etc. Tells a great story. One of my favourites as well.
    Have you tried any of the Bernie Gunther series by Phiip Kerr.?
    Great reads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by percy View Post
    Have you tried any of the Bernie Gunther series by Phiip Kerr.?
    Great reads.
    No but will check them out and give them a go. Thanks Percy

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    Quote Originally Posted by westerly View Post
    Olen Steinhauer, Bernard Minier and Dan Fesperman are also worth a look.

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    Been reading them,and enjoying them.
    Just finished Dan Fesperman's "The Letter Writer" which was a great read.
    No.2 daughter lent me Mick Herron's "Slow Horses" which she loved.I found it hard reading,just did not seem to flow for me.
    "The Unknown KIMI Raikkonen" by Kari Hotakainen, would be the worst book on a Formula 1 champion I have read.

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    Just finished another great read.
    Philip Kerr's "Metropolis" featuring Berlin detective, Bernie Gunther.
    Although it is Philip Kerr's final book, it goes back to the start of Bernie's career as detective.

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    This book attracted me at the dump shop so had to buy it (for a buck)

    The Wizards of Ozymandias: Reflections on the Decline and Fall Paperback – Butler Shaffer


    Preface includes this -

    In his great poem "Ozymandias" Percy Shelley pictures for us the eponymous tyrant whose arrogance of power could not save him from historical oblivion. Ozymandias is a reminder of the fragile nature of every system—be it biological, institutional, or cosmic in character. As we are learning from the advanced course in history in which we seem now to be enrolled, this precariousness also applies to civilizations. It is difficult for intelligent minds to doubt that this current system is in the process of joining Ozymandias in the dust-bin of history.

    The book is actually a series of essays so you can skip bits if it gets a bit heavy but good stuff about how arrogance often leads to oblivion

    Finished it now ..will donate to the DCM (Inner City Ministry) book fair ...good cause
    “Just consider that maybe the probability of you being wrong is higher than you think.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by winner69 View Post
    Found a Bernard Minier “Don’t Turn out the Lights” at the Tip Shop yesterday .....cost 50 cents

    Very busy was the Tip Shop with plenty if Xmas presents being bought
    Started reading it tonight.
    Given up at page 24..Will read Darkness, darkness by John Harvey.
    Then will have another go at it.
    "Darkness,darkness" was a good read.
    Could not get into "Don't Turn Out The Lights".
    Just finished "The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid" by Craig Russell.Enjoyed it, so will look for more of his books.
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    From Ray Dalio
    "Identify the paradigm you’re in, examine if and how it is unsustainable, and visualize how the paradigm shift will transpire when that which is unsustainable stops."
    "Though not always perfectly aligned, paradigm shifts have coincidently tended to happen around decade shifts—e.g., the 1920s were “roaring,” the 1930s were in “depression,” the 1970s were inflationary, the 1980s were disinflationary, etc"
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/parad...fts-ray-dalio/
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    This is so true
    https://finance.yahoo.com/m/dd15a281...l-amplify.html
    One day the portfolio was worth $X
    When a Tsunami hits its worth $X-10,20,30,40,50%?

    So be careful when investing in illiquid stocks/investments They are only useful for very long term portfolio's and need to be liquidated well before their funds are needed

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    Quotes I like from the Strawman
    "future bear markets are considered a risk, whereas past bear markets are seen as an opportunity."
    "that all of the best long-term gains come in spite of volatility, not in its absence."
    Regarding stop losses
    "force investors to lock in regular losses while (severely) limiting their potential returns. Oh, and they significantly increase trading costs (which is why brokers love them so much)."
    "volatility is par for the course. It’s the unavoidable price of higher long-term returns. "

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    Only invest in companies you trust.It means a lot for brand value
    https://www.interest.co.nz/opinion/1...enefits-who-do

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    Just finished The Reckoning by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.A good read.

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    John Mauldin sees unnecessary bubbles and misallocation of capital
    "My 2020 forecast issue, which you’ll see after the holiday break, I’m planning to call “The Decade of Living Dangerously.” Sometime in the middle to late 2020s we will see a Great Reset that profoundly changes everything you know about money and investing".
    https://www.interest.co.nz/opinion/1...l-banks-strive

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    I suppose if you continually predict that the collapse is coming,then you will be right sometime.
    From what i have read his predictions or at least some of them have a chequered past.

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    Adam Brookes writes a good read.:
    Spy Games follows on from Night Heron.
    The Spy's daughter was also a good read.

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    "The Billion Dollar Bonfire" by Chris Lee.
    A well researched and well written book about Alan Hubbard and South Canterbury Finance.
    A must read by any one who follows the NZ sharemarket,finance companies and banks.

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    Just finished The Bonanza King by Gregory Crouch and it was a fascinating read.

    About Jay Gould who was one of the most ruthless of the so-called robber barons of America's Gilded Age. He gained his wealth through railroad stock manipulation, but it was his acquisition and control of Western Union, which had a near-monopoly on communications in that era, that caused Americans to tremble and view him as a threat to democracy itself
    “Just consider that maybe the probability of you being wrong is higher than you think.”

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    Have been reading some not very good books,However two books by Andrew Gross,The Saboteur, and Button Man were good reads.
    Just finished "The Mobster's Lament" by Ray Celestin.Will read his other two books The Axeman's Jazz,and Dead Man's Blues.Anyone looking to read this author may be best to start with the The Axeman's Jazz as it is the first in the series.

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