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Real page turner. Stick fairly close to selected episodes of the television series, sometimes to the point that having seen/read one ruins most of the fun one gets from the other. Suffers from the Pratchett curse: funny beginning followed by a less entertaining disentaglement of the story. Still I was mostly entertained by it.
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Funny and informative, though I don't agree with everything she writes.
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Book about the Italian stereotype. Mildly funny.
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Småkul lättläst bok om diverse faktabitar.
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The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
A book reflecting on the value of reading. It contains only one fleshed out character, with the rest being about sole deep. The book prizes the value of reading above just about any other – with writing as a possible exception – and much of the book is simply the Queen having a monologue about the subject. All in all it comes of as somewhat pandering to an audience that already obviously reads.
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Pinsamma familjebilder - Mike Bender, Doug Chernack
Det är en bok gjord efter en måttligt framgångsrik hemsida. Den är som hemsidan, bara det att man inte kan leta upp guldklimparna själv. Vet ej varför någon tyckte att det skulle bli en bra bok, men det är väl lite lättsam läsning man kan ha framme för eventuella uttråkade gäster.
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En intressant historiebok som lyckades hålla min uppmärksamhet.
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Interesting sci-fi book about the building of a wonder of the future: the space elevator. Nicely thought out and put together.

Finished Christmas 2013.
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I can't claim to have the necessary know-how to understand all that is written in this book yet, but it has given me quite a few pointers that I think will prove useful.

Finished February 2014
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To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis
The book sits uneasily between the chairs of a comedy, a fan fic, a sci-fi novel, and a who-dun-it. The book started out quite funny, but the ceaseless references to 'Three men in a boat' about midway through brought it down. The irrational time travel was ultimately handwaved by the author, which was sad considering the extend to which she tried to explain it.

Sadly, 'To say nothing of the dog' peaked early and the rest was just the plot running its course.

Finished March 2014
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Ciaphas Cain is a bit one dimensional and repetitive, but the book is a real page turner and improves in the latter half. Somewhat predictable: I found myself figuring out plot twists and the like some 50 pages before the book revealed them. Still enjoyable though.

Finished April 2014.
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Very predictable all the way through – well I didn't guess the big bad until they mentioned the gray stone but otherwise I had the story pretty much figured out well before it came to pass. Still a page turner and still some entertainment value. Once again it got more exciting towards the end.

Finished April 2014.
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A Dead Man in Deptford - Anthony Burgess
I read the Swedish translation "Död man i Deptford".

Farsinerande språkbruk olikt något jag tidigare läst på svenska. Ger även en vad som tycks mig vara en god inblick i reformationens England. Välskriven men bitvis tråkig och jag hade ibland svårt att följa med i replikerna då Burgess ofta utelämnade vem det var som fällde en kommentar. Jag antar att det skulle framgå av situationen och citatets innehåll, men vid längre replikskiften kunde det bli svårt. Gav dock mersmak; jag skulle gärna läsa fler texter som behandlar svenskan på samma sätt som översättaren lyckades med i denna roman.

Avslutad April 2014.
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InterWorld - Neil Gaiman
Youthbook that failed to grab me. I'd come across most of the concepts in this sifi book previously in media and I didn't really care about any of the characters. Still it was mildly entertaining and well written, so I found it passable, though I expected better from Gaiman.

Finished Autumn 2014.
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Ship it! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects... - William A. Gwaltney,Jared Richardson
Simple and clear. Seems usefull though my own personal lack of experience in the field makes it hard for me to judge.

Finished Autumn 2014.
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En intressant och välskriven bok om dagern Kina från ett politiskt perspektiv. Ola dyker ned ett flertal aspekter av det kinesiska samhället och kulturen; han blandar ett övergripande makroperspektiv med personliga berättelser och intervjuer på gräsrotsnivå likt en skicklig journalist – vilket kan vara passande när man är journalist till yrket.

Boken gav mig en bättre förståelse för det moderna Kina.

Avslutad November 2014
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Kort och koncists om kulturella skillnader mellan Sverige och Kina. Skulle vara betydligt kortare om inte för alla bilder och stilistiska val. "Exactly what it says on the tin" + stock photographs och anekdoter. Saknar djup.

Avslutad December 2014
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A somewhat interesting book about human irrationality, as seen from the perspective of an economist. The Upside of Irrationality is personal than The Honest Truth About Dishonesty as it delves further into the accident which left Dan with sever burns on a large part of his body, an event which came to shape his life. The research is varied though kept at a fairly shallow level. The content does not tie in to the title especially strongly; the main ties are based on using knowledge about our irrational nature to circumvent the pitfalls it causes us. All in all it was an interesting read, and hopefully I'll remember some of the lessons it taught me.

Finished December 2014
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Bullerbysyndromet - Lars Berge
En serie reportage skrivna av journalisten Lars Berge. De är välskrivna men den röda tråden är inte särskilt stark, vilket gör att det mest känns som att läsa ett gäng längre artiklar i en tidning. Han är tydligt vänster (S) samt tycks ha en släng Stockholmsförakt men överlag så är reportagen intressanta.

Avslutad Februari 2016
(Har jag verkligen inte läst en bok för nöjes skull på ett helt år? Påbörjade denna i början på januari)
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A bunch of small opinion pieces on various ethical issues we face in the modern world. Excellent reading during my daily commute since they are bite sized. However, it is the sort of thing I've gotten used to reading online for free, so it wasn't quite what I had hoped for (which would have been a work that had a more thorough and academic approach). Still, I mostly enjoyed this little peek into the mind of Peter Singer.

Finished 1 May 2017
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Welcome, stray listal browser, to my list of read books. This list is intended to feature all literary books I've read since this list was begun. I've decided to write my notes in the language of the book that was read, thus any Swedish books will have notes that are rather difficult to decipher for the average English-speaker. However, since the books in that case are in Swedish themselves their content should be of lesser importance to you by default.

I will usually feature a little line at the end which refers to when I completed the book. This is mostly for my own sake (even more so then the list itself).

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