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Links from December 17, 2014

These are my links from December 17, 2014

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Links from December 13, 2014

These are my links from December 13, 2014

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Links from December 10, 2014

These are my links from December 10, 2014

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Brief review. Sacrifice Fly by Tim O’Mara

Sacrifice Fly by Tim O’Mara



The first crime novel by Tim O’Mara. It is nicely crafted and a good story, too. Better to read this before his second crime novel as that one is a bit better.

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Brief review. Crooked Numbers (Raymond Donne Mysteries) by Tim O’Mara

Crooked Numbers (Raymond Donne Mysteries) by Tim O’Mara



A very accessible and interesting tale of a teacher’s and former policeman’s involvement in uncovering the mysterious surroundings of a former student’s death. Set in Brooklyn and Manhattan with a decent comparison of the differing cultures on each side of the Brooklyn Bridge up through Central Park West.

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Obituary average age. December 10, 2014: 67.8

Swamp SideThe average age of those listed in the ten obituaries in the December 10, 2014 Free Lance-Star was 67.8. The median was 73.4 with a sample standard deviation of 19.46. The ages ranged from 23 to 89.

This is the fifteenth day I’ve been collecting this data.
The mean of  obituary average ages  using {77.375,64,74.143, 62.5, 55,66.8333, 74.11,71.27,68.82, 76.92,63,76.71,70.75,76.24} at Wolfram alpha is 69.7, down .13from the previous computations.

Some words in the obituaries that caught my attention:

  • Griffin had many accomplishments in his young life, but none greater than his ability to forge the greatest of friendships.
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Brief Review. Outrage: An Inspector Erlendur Novel by Arnaldur Indridason

Outrage: An Inspector Erlendur Novel by Arnaidur Indridason.



Another captivating crime thriller by Indridason. The good side, the warts of Inspector Erlendur carry through this sordid tale. Indridason tackles the issues for the victim, the family of a victim of drug-induced date rape.

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Brief Review. Operation Napoleon: A Thriller (Reykjavik Thriller) by Arnaldur Indridason

Operation Napoleon: A Thriller (Reykjavik Thriller) by Arnaldur Indridason



Set in modern Iceland, as all of Indridason books that I’ve read. In addition to the thrills and suspense this puts an emphasis on the feelings of Icelanders towards the U.S. that occupies an air base and military compound. It isn’t until the end of the book that one knows the true nature of Operation Napoleon, but in typical Indridason style, one hardly cares at that point.

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Obituary average age. December 8, 2014: 76.24

Swamp SideThe average age of those listed in the twelve obituaries in the December 8, 2014 Free Lance-Star was 76.24. The median was 77 with a sample standard deviation of 10.48. The ages ranged from 55 to 91.

This is the fourteenth day I’ve been collecting this data.
The mean of  obituary average ages  using {77.375,64,74.143, 62.5, 55,66.8333, 74.11,71.27,68.82, 76.92,63,76.71,70.75,76.24} at Wolfram alpha is 69.83, up .49 from the previous computations.

Some words in the obituaries that caught my attention:

  • In his younger days, he once won a seaplane!
  • He was world champion Top Fuel Dragbike racer in 1979 and held the record for three years.
  • His amazing sense of humor carried him and his family through many adventures.
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Brief Review. Black Skies: An Inspector Erlendur Novel by Arnaldur Indridason

Black Skies: An Inspector Erlendur Novel by Arnaldur Indridason



Interesting development of the personality of Sigurdur Oli one of the two detectives that works with Erlendur. Delving into his shortcomings in personal relations and his own efforts at coming to understand himself. In this novel as in another, Inspector Erlendur is not present. The story also delves into the growth and fall of Iceland’s finances.

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