Category: Books

Review: Without Fail

Without Fail by Lee Child My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the first book I read by this author, and therefore the first one that introduced me to the Jack Reacher character. It’s not the type of prose

Review: Adventure

Adventure by Jack London My rating: 3 of 5 stars The book is intense and fast-paced; fun, relatively short, quick to read, interesting mostly because of the story itself and not so much for the characters in it, who hardly

Review: Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Crime and Punishment” may appear depressing at a first glance, but actually I think Dostoevsky’s view of human nature is rather optimistic here. Among the many subjects tackled

Review: For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto

For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto by Murray N. Rothbard My rating: 4 of 5 stars In this book, Murray Rothbard successfully busts the common myths about the legitimacy and necessity of the State. However, there are some points

Review: The Fifth Elephant

The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is one of the better books in the series. It’s got it all – including geopolitics, race and gender issues, Chekhov references and a friendzoned wolf. View

Review: Tender is the Night

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald My rating: 3 of 5 stars Although it may be a bit difficult to relate to the characters in the book (after all, I’m a middle-class European living in 2013, so I

Review: Brave New World

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley My rating: 5 of 5 stars I like the ambivalence in this book. Huxley shows us a meaningless consumerist world where individuals mean nothing and people live a drugged existence; and then the other

Review: The Zahir

The Zahir by Paulo Coelho My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is the first book by Coelho that I have read. I have ambivalent feelings toward it. On one hand, I really enjoyed many of the messages about love

Review: The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism

The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism by David D. Friedman My rating: 4 of 5 stars A rather interesting work in defense of free market anarchism; I liked Friedman’s pragmatic, down-to-earth approach for explaining how such a

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