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#106 Mark Knapp

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 08:02 PM

Mike, as Gene said, he's not the good guy in the book, he's the evil villain. The author tried to make himself the "hero", "The Blue Chatterer, defender of wildlife". He can't fly or see through walls though. He doesn't have any super powers at all.........and he actually doesn't catch anybody or save any animals. I think he writes pretty good though.


You'd have to read the book to know that though. smile.png Just teasing, there's not going to be a quiz.

#107 Gene L

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 08:25 PM

It's a book about obsession.  Rist was an excellent tier, an exceptional tier, but then he had a steady source of feathers no longer available.  He was a concert flautist, as well.  He wanted a new flute, like a high-grade one, which he bought with flies from stolen feathers.  He made money at the expense of a museum's collection dating back a hundred years.  He would take an entire day to tie a fly and sell it for a thousand bucks.  The point (or one point) is salmon don't care how a fly looks, they can't feed when migrating, and any fly will work just fine.  Rist appealed to those who could afford a display fly, not a fisherman.

#108 Mark Knapp

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 01:48 AM

Not to be nit-picky, but he earned money for his golden flute, (yes, a flute made of gold) by selling the feathers he stole to other tiers at very high prices. He may have sold some flies too, but the book made no mention of it. (not that I remember).

#109 DFoster


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 07:46 AM

I just read the story of this guy here-  Is Rist going to be the villain in the next James Bond movie?



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 02:40 PM

Nope ... I don't like books, TV shows, etc. that portray crooks as "the good guy". 

From these threads, that's the gist.

These discussions are as close to this book as I want to get.

It looks like you got the wrong gist. As others have said, he was not a crook portrayed as a good guy. But then, you would never know that for sure because you did not read the book.


#111 mikechell


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 05:37 PM

Yep, you are correct, Joe, I will never read the book.  You may also be correct that I got the wrong gist.  Okay, I'm good with that.


I can agree, however, with another's comment that a thief or other crook should be punished.  That's all I did with the "hear, hear, comment above.  Don't have to read a book for that.


I'm just tired of all the "gray area" people ... who think this crime or that one is "victim-less".  Integrity is an archaic ideology, it seems.

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 08:53 PM

British law, British Justice. Integrity? idk

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 02:53 PM

I'm eager to see the movie.

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