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Review: Why Popcorn Costs So Much at the Movies: And Other Pricing Puzzles

Why Popcorn Costs So Much at the Movies: And Other Pricing Puzzles by Richard B. McKenzie My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a nice book for anyone interested in pricing, but its style is a bit unusual. Not

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Review: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard Feynman My rating: 5 of 5 stars A wonderful book, with one important note to make: this was actually not designed to be a book. It is a

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Review: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter by Richard Feynman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Working with subatomic particle theory requires a crazy imagination because things that happen there… well, they are totally unlike anything we see in

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Review: All Flesh is Grass

All Flesh is Grass by Clifford D. Simak My rating: 4 of 5 stars An invisible barrier that isolates a small American town from the rest of the world: I think this is the first time that motif was exploited.

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Review: A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess My rating: 4 of 5 stars Not perfect, but very good! First of all, potential readers should be warned about the invented “nadsat” slang used by the narrator. The author defines it as a

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Review: The Trial

The Trial by Franz Kafka My rating: 5 of 5 stars “The Trial” is multi-layered and conveys many messages about philosophy, religion, society and existence. Some are easy to spot and understand, some are much more difficult. I think I

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Review: Trainspotting

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh My rating: 5 of 5 stars I loved “Trainspotting”. It often gets disturbing and dark, but Welsh doesn’t do that in a pointless way just to increase the shock factor. It feels more like he’s showing

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Review: Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami My rating: 5 of 5 stars I think it’s a funny coincidence that I got this book while I was stuck alone in a foreign town, with nothing much to do. Just me

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Review: The Plague

The Plague by Albert Camus My rating: 5 of 5 stars A deep and fascinating study of the human soul. As I was reading this, I was immediately reminded of the popular “stages of grief” theory – you know, the

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Review: The Stranger

The Stranger by Albert Camus My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Stranger is often pointed as a markedly existentialist work. I definitely agree. Before reading this, I never really understood what “existentialism” means; now I think I do. As

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