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Review: Monstrous Regiment

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars Pratchett shines again as he manages to expose the absurdity of war, propaganda, religious dogmas, and artificially imposed gender roles without actually sounding preachy and annoying. Halfway through the

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Review: The World According to Clarkson

The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a collection of articles by Jeremy Clarkson, so it feels more like reading a newspaper or blog rather than a book. He is irreverent,

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Review: Animal Farm

Animal Farm by George Orwell My rating: 3 of 5 stars OK, let me state the obvious first. We all know that this is not really about animals. It’s a very clear and direct allegory of the Soviet Union. The

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Review: World Order

World Order by Henry Kissinger My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a wonderful attempt by Kissinger to understand the world throughout history, and I think nobody else has managed to analyze and present the subject in such a

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Review: The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a book on randomness, and it’s, well… a bit random, in the sense that it jumps from one concept

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Review: I Shall Wear Midnight

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Tiffany Aching series is pigeonholed in the “young adult” section, basically meaning it’s for teenagers. Yet I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading

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Review: The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal My rating: 4 of 5 stars A self-help book based on actual science and not on made-up BS.

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Review: Interesting Times

Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sir Terry himself once said in an interview that it’s hard to make Rincewind “more than two-dimensional” and that he’s “shallow all the way to the bottom”. I agree.

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Review: Meditations

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius My rating: 5 of 5 stars Beautiful and ageless. These writings were apparently never intended to be published or to convince anyone in anything. That’s why they may sometimes seem redundant and often lack explicit argumentation.

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Review: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty My rating: 3 of 5 stars This work is an interesting take on an important problem which has never been tackled so comprehensively before, but the conclusions are not really sound in

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