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  • Well. He has written books with female leads and the Kildar(? Haven't read) series features an ex special forces guy who really is into orgies and bondage, apparently.
    None of which are really his thing.
    The Monster Hunter Memoirs character is nothing like him either.
    Voyage of the Space Bubble series actually has the main character based on a friend and fellow author.


    • I just assumed from the general wankery that he was.


      • It was kind of like that in the beginning. Which is not uncommon.
        ​Larry Correia pretty much describes himself in his first series.
        ​Fantasy writers especially are probably prone to writing themselves in as they tend to start with role playing games and then try their hand at writing. From writing workshops I've been to they also suggest "write what you know" so it makes sense that a character ends up mirroring the author in a way with similar, if not exaggerated, skill sets and behaviour. Or reflecting what they would like to see themselves as, or whatever.
        am guilty of it myself...


        • Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang. It's a collection of short stories, including the one that the movie Arrival is based on. I haven't got to that story yet, but what I've ready so far has been great. The first story is about the building of the Tower of Babel and the attempt to break into the vault of heaven, and what happens when humans do break into the (literal) vault. The second is about a guy who gets an experimental treatment to repair his brain after being in a persistent vegetative state and becomes better than human.


          • The 9/11 Commission Report


            1. “WE HAVE SOME PLANES” 1

            1.1 Inside the Four Flights 1

            1.2 Improvising a Homeland Defense 14

            1.3 National Crisis Management 35


            2.1 A Declaration of War 47

            2.2 Bin Ladin’s Appeal in the Islamic World 48

            2.3 The Rise of Bin Ladin and al Qaeda (1988–1992) 55

            2.4 Building an Organization, Declaring

            War on the United States (1992–1996) 59

            2.5 Al Qaeda’s Renewal in Afghanistan (1996–1998) 63


            3.1 From the Old Terrorism to the New:

            The First World Trade Center Bombing 71

            3.2 Adaptation—and Nonadaptation—

            in the Law Enforcement Community 73

            3.3 . . . and in the Federal Aviation Administration 82

            3.4 . . . and in the Intelligence Community 86

            3.5 . . . and in the State Department and the Defense Department 93

            3.6 . . . and in the White House 98

            3.7 . . . and in the Congress 102


            4.1 Before the Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania 108

            4.2 Crisis:August 1998 115

            4.3 Diplomacy 121

            4.4 Covert Action 126

            4.5 Searching for Fresh Options 134


            5.1 Terrorist Entrepreneurs 145

            5.2 The “Planes Operation” 153

            5.3 The Hamburg Contingent 160

            5.4 A Money Trail? 169

            6. FROM THREAT TO THREAT 174

            6.1 The Millennium Crisis 174

            6.2 Post-Crisis Reflection:Agenda for 2000 182

            6.3 The Attack on the USS Cole 190

            6.4 Change and Continuity 198

            6.5 The New Administration’s Approach 203

            7. THE ATTACK LOOMS 215

            7.1 First Arrivals in California 215

            7.2 The 9/11 Pilots in the United States 223

            7.3 Assembling the Teams 231

            7.4 Final Strategies and Tactics 241

            8. “THE SYSTEM WAS BLINKING RED” 254

            8.1 The Summer of Threat 254

            8.2 Late Leads—Mihdhar, Moussaoui, and KSM 266

            9. HEROISM AND HORROR 278

            9.1 Preparedness as of September 11 278

            9.2 September 11, 2001 285

            9.3 Emergency Response at the Pentagon 311

            9.4 Analysis 315

            10. WARTIME 325

            10.1 Immediate Responses at Home 326

            10.2 Planning for War 330

            10.3 “Phase Two” and the Question of Iraq


            11.1 Imagination 339

            11.2 Policy 348

            11.3 Capabilities 350

            11.4 Management 353

            12. WHAT TO DO? A GLOBAL STRATEGY 361

            12.1 Reflecting on a Generational Challenge 361

            12.2 Attack Terrorists and Their Organizations 365

            12.3 Prevent the Continued Growth of Islamist Terrorism 374

            12.4 Protect against and Prepare for Terrorist Attacks 383

            13. HOW TO DO IT? A DIFFERENT WAY OF

            13.1 Unity of Effort across the Foreign-Domestic Divide 400

            13.2 Unity of Effort in the Intelligence Community 407

            13.3 Unity of Effort in Sharing Information 416

            13.4 Unity of Effort in the Congress 419

            13.5 Organizing America’s Defenses in the United States 423


            • I just finished a true crime book, it was pretty interesting:

              I'll be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara: The author spent many years in a search for the so-called Golden State Killer, responsible for 50+ home invasion rapes and at least a dozen murders, and over 100 robberies from 1974-1986. The GSK didn't seek out solitary female victims. He'd break into homes, have the husband/boyfriend tied up, then rape the women. He eventually began murdering his victims, usually by bashing their skulls in. He evaded capture until this year, when DNA evidence finally found the now 72 year-old murderer. They found him by building a family tree based on his DNA. The author died before finishing her book, her husband Patton Oswald (actor/comedian) finished it with a couple of her co-researchers.

              Here's a couple of other true crime books I've read:

              The Stranger Beside Me - Ann Rule: About Ted Bundy. The author actually worked with him at a suicide prevention hotline. Bundy was sentenced to death for 30 murders. He tried to parlay a reduced sentence by offering up more bodies. We'll never know the true extent of his crimes, as Florida zapped him in Old Sparky in 1989.

              Green River, Running Red - Ann Rule: About Gary Ridgway, a very prolific serial killer in the Seattle area. Caught and convicted of 49 prostitute murders. He's believed to have killed many more.


              • I just finished reading Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee. It's a multigenerational story about Koreans in Japan, both immigrants and those born in Japan, covering the period from the early 20th century, through the war, to the 1980s. It was beautiful to read, with a ton of pathos, and I highly recommend it. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I finished it a couple of days ago. It's one of those books I regret not being able to read for the first time again.


                • Having a nostalgic moment and reading Dune again, might just cave in and even sit through the movie again one of these days.


                  • -"El impostor", (the impostor), by Javier Cercas, the history of Enric Marco, an impostor who invented that he has been in some nazis camps and that he was an active anti-fascist fighter. He was unmasked when he was the president of an association called Amical Mauthaussen, what gathered all the Spanish survivors of nazi camps.

                    - "Placer licuante" (liquefying pleasure?), by Luis Goytisolo. I had insomnia last night, and I started reading a random book, It was not a great book, but I finished the same night. A thriller with a love triangle,a reflexion to the modern types of love relationships, but I had not anything better to read.


                    • I am reading the book Harpoon by Nitsana Lietner (Link at the bottom of the page).

                      The one subject that I always wanted to understand more was terror financing. This book so far nails it. Harpoon was an Israeli Operation that went after the financial assets of Palestinian terrorism. The back story on how it started surprised me.

                      A Palestinian militia unit abducted and killed an Israeli soldier called Tolenado. PM Rabin was furious and ordered Shin Bet to round up as many Hamas and IPJ leaders as possible. The Israelis rounded up 450 upper echelons of Hamas and Rabin ordered their expulsion to Southern Lebanon. President Clinton and European statesman were outraged of this expulsion and believed it was a hinderous to the peace process (Go Figure). After countless CNN and liberal media coverage filming Hamas over fire pits and the claim of poor treatment, Rabin was pressured into relesing them back to the territories.

                      What Israeli intelligence did not monitor was that Iranian leadership and Hezzbollah met with the captoves after dark, When the CCN cameras went away. Iranian leadership taught them terror tactics, financial management and skills to carry out attacks. Brand new Hamas recruits and money changers were secretly changed under Israeli radar and back into society. Iran now had a financial and political foothold in the Gaza Strip. The birth of Iranian aid to Hamas begun.

                      The author cites that certain Israeli personal warned of such actions, but had been dismissed. Israeli leadership at the time under estimated the Sunni-Shia relationship, and financial warfare was not the primary focus until years later.

                      So far a very fascinating read and hoop the book finishes strong.

                      CC: @GB_FXST



                      • I can't believe that with as big a bunch of nerds as we have here, I had to dredge this thread up from page 4.

                        Anyway, in an attempt to get into the Halloween spirit I tried to find some scary books:

                        White is for Witching, by Helen Oyeyemi. This was pretty good, but I expected it to be scarier, based on the premise. The writer attempted to weave some relevant "issues" into the storyline, which kind of detracted from how scary it really was, and there were some plot points that weren't resolved, like the author thought it would be cool little additions to the story, but didn't explain them or incorporate them into the story properly. It was a bit creepy, but I wasn't scared enough.

                        The Winter People, by Jennifer McMahon. Again, I was hoping it would be scarier than it was. It's basically Pet Semetary but with people, and way less scary.

                        Not a horror story, but Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb. This is the first book in a series that keep popping up in those "fantasy classics you have to read!" lists, and with good reason. This was really enjoyable old-school fantasy.


                        • Write To Kill by Daniel Pennac.

                          Haven't really started it as in, I skipped 2/3rds of the book because that's where the book opened up when I opened it glanced over everything and read one line. So far so good.


                          • Originally posted by Snowfella View Post
                            Having a nostalgic moment and reading Dune again, might just cave in and even sit through the movie again one of these days.
                            Loved the books, till well you know when they get strange.

                            Couldn't get into the movie.

                            From memory, i liked the computer game. Just googled it. In my mind the graphics were heaps better. But then again i thought california games was epic in the day as well.


                            • How the news makes us dumb .. by University of Florida historian C.John Sommerville. 1999

                              How we got our Bible ... by Ryan Reeves, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2018


                              • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - by David Grann. Set in Oklahoma in the early '20s, it details how the Osage Indians came to wealth by successfully negotiating the "headrights" to the oil riches on their reservation land. Awash in oil money, which benefits each Osage, the Indians soon become targets of greedy predators. Murders, poisoning, disappearances soon start happening. The death of Indians is not troubling to local law enforcement, so the newly-minted FBI is sent in to take the investigative lead. It's a disturbing read, and adds to the long narrative about mistreatment of our native populations. Well worth a read.

                                Speaking of history, I just re-read Heinlein's Starship Troopers, and Larry Niven / Steven Barnes' Dream Park. Troopers is the worse for wear, but Dream Park was still enjoyable.