I’ve been listening to The Leatherstocking Tales by James Fenimore Cooper as read by the volunteers at Librivox.org. Audiobooks and podcasts fill my 45 minute commute twice a day. And I’ve greatly enjoyed listening to the four tales so far.
The main character is known by many names. Born as Nathaniel Bumppo, he is often referred to as Natty Bumppo by those Christian enough to insist upon a Christian name. His best friend, Chingachgook, often calls him “Hawkeye” after the name given by the Delaware tribe for his keen eyesight. In his youth, the frontiersmen and army that hired him to supply food to the outposts called him “The Deerslayer” for his exceptional ability with the rifle. His enemies amongst the Six Nations of the Iroquois called him “La Longue Carabine” for the French description of his fine weapon. The rifle is longer than most and has earned a reputation of its own before Natty gains possession of it and is known as “Kill Deer”. Later, after the American Revolution, as more civilized people start new settlements and move into western New York, the new comers refer to him as “Leatherstocking” for the deer skins he continues to wears into his old age.
The Great Fearless Dark Overlord, Scott Sigler, has finished podcasting his sci-fi novel “Contagious“. And it is awesome!
I’m a long time fan of Mr. Sigler, going all the way back to when he began podcasting “Earthcore” in 2005. “Contagious” is the sequel “Infected“.
Mr. Sigler’s material is all science fiction and horror related. To quote the author, all his stuff is written for a mature audience, contains adult anguage, and lots and lots of violence. It’s all good stuff!
Give any of his stuff a listen if you enjoy falling in love with a character in the story and then something gruesome happening to that character. Seriously, you just never know who will be dead at the end of his novels.
Author of “Wired for War“, P.W. Singer spoke to the Pritzker Military Library last week and I found his talk very compelling. I have not read the bok yet but intend to. “Wired for War” is subtitled “The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century”. It’s about the current use of robots on the battlefield and the discussions surounding their potential. His talk at the Pritzker Military Library clearly suggests that the future is here now and that the science fiction we see on TV and movies may be closer than we realize.
I’m a huge fan of the Pritzker Military Library and all the good work they are doing. The regularly podcast book authors, Medal of Honor recipients, and talks and discussions of issues that surround our military today and geo-political conditions world wide. Always interesting and usually very entertaining and educational.
If you enjoy robots, and who doesn’t, then it sounds like Mr. Singer’s book will be worth reading. At the very least, listen to this podcast and discover how much robots are in use now and what some in the United States military think of this. Very educational!
Andrew Horowitz, noted author, podcast host and MSN Money TopStocks contributing blogger, has been named the champion of the 18th round of the Strategy Lab on MSN Money, a stock-picking challenge in which six top traders run mock $100,000 portfolios for six months and document every move they make. Winning by a margin of over 20% over his closest competitor, Horowitz credits his investment strategy of â€œQuantaFundaTechna,â€ detailed in his book, for his strong performance.
In celebration of his win, Horowitz is offering a free download of his book, â€œThe Disciplined Investor â€“ Essential Strategies for Success,â€ for a limited time to all MSN Money registered users. The book contains several tips and tricks that Horowitz used in developing the â€œQuantaFundaTechnaâ€ strategy and is a great resource for both the novice and more experienced investor. Each chapter details the core disciplines that make up a complete portfolio strategy. Copies of â€œThe Disciplined Investor â€“ Essential Strategies for Successâ€ will be available for a free download on the MSN Money site February 18 – 20.
Celebrating the MSN Strat Lab Win: My Book for FREE! | The Disciplined Investor.
I’m a regular listener to The Disiplined Investor podcast. I don’t have any money to invest but he does a great job of explaining what is going on in our economy in these turmoltous times. While it’s free, download his book and check it out.
I’m currently listening to “The Last Trail” by Zane Grey in audio format from Librivox.org.
I’ve always meant to read some of Zane Grey’s many works but have never seemed to get around to it. I’m about one-third of the way into “The Last Trail”, one of Mr. Grey’s earliest novels. So far it’s a great tale of the old west and the narrator, Mike Vendetti, has a beautiful deep voice that sounds as I would imagine a frontiersman’s voice to be.
May have to add some more Zane Grey to my listening list. Now if only Librivox had a feature by which I could search by narrator. I’d grab some more of Mike Vendetti’s work as well.