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Robert Louis “Tusitala” Stevenson – Treasure Island

Robert Louis “Tusitala” Stevenson – Treasure Island August 25, 2020

Score: 8/10 “Tusitala” Average Goodreads rating: 3.76 (Blasphemous if you ask me…) Books sold: 3 mil. Everybody knows that good ol’ Tusitala wrote one other book (something about certain Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and that he was quite famous for it. And I’m positive you also know that majority of his google searches are from Samoa. Right? And if there is anybody who wouldn’t know why, let me just repeat the obvious. Well, he moved there. Remember it’s 1889,…

Elizabeth Kostova – The Historian

Elizabeth Kostova – The Historian August 15, 2020

Score: 8/10 About Liz Average Goodreads rating: 3.76 Books sold: 3 mil. Yale’s undergraduate. Love for books inherited from her mother, a librarian, while love for Dracula awakened during a Slovenian trip by her father .“We traveled around and saw beautiful places, and at one point he began to tell me a wonderfully creepy Dracula story.”. (If you read the book you know we talking a bit of autobiography – goosebumps.)  As a child, she listened to recordings of Bulgarian…

John Gray – Mars and Venus in the Bedroom: A Guide to Lasting Romance and Passion

John Gray – Mars and Venus in the Bedroom: A Guide to Lasting Romance and Passion August 4, 2020

Score: 8/10 About John Average Goodreads rating: 3.59 Easy on this one!  50 mil. copies sold. That is Puzo, Lewis, Gladwell and Bryson combined, or one third of Coelho might be a bit more appropriate (see chart below). I know sales isn’t everything, but there is a reason he is being so sought after – unhappy marriages. He sure made business out of them, but he also, I believe, genuinely (and to certain extent successfully) tries to help them(us). He’s…

Greg Smith – Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story

Greg Smith – Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story July 28, 2020

Score: 4/10 Date: March 14th 2011 Place: Evil HQ of GS somewhere in Nevada desert, approx. 150 feet under the ground level (we all know GS has to have that…) Lowest rank allowed to these meetings, by the watercooler: “So I read this book during a weekend…” Evil music DJ stops the evil music. All the attention on the lowest rank allowed to these meetings (still standing by the watercooler).  Higher rank: “What did you say?” Lowest rank: “I was…”…

Joseph Heller – God Knows

Joseph Heller – God Knows September 10, 2019

Score: 10/10  This used to be my second favourite book, and it’s amongst those rare history lessons you’ll never forget. But I want to talk about something else today. David’s story.  This God’s son; prodigy of musical instruments, courage, ambition (but that’s good when you are a man, isn’t it?) and manual weapons (then again with that huge of hands…) gets seduced by that instrument of a devil – woman. And gets punished, because he broke, what, basically all 10…

Matt Haig – How to Stop Time

Matt Haig – How to Stop Time August 20, 2019

Score: 9/10 (possibly 10)  There is nothing quite like finishing a good book.  It’s almost midnight and you know you gonna be tired tomorrow, but still, it’s only what? 20 pages? You gauge by the look of the book.  You check again if there isn’t some acknowledgments or something, which you certainly won’t be reading, to learn it’s probably even less.   And you read.   No, you don’t read it anymore, you flight over it, because you just HAVE…

John Gray – Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

John Gray – Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus August 16, 2019

Score: 8/10  “But why would a PEFEECT gentleman like you Mirko need a help with his relationship?! I don’t get it…” Is what you might (‘nay SHOULD) be thinking.  “I mean…” Mirko avoiding your eyes, all of a sudden acting really weirdly….   To the book…   How was it? People who have something to say, are often those who can’t find the right words for it, while those who have nothing to say are extremely equipped this way? (I’m…

Aldous Huxley – The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell

Aldous Huxley – The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell August 8, 2019

Score: 10/10  Let me blow your mind!  (Now, you need to sing it very same cheerful way Gwen Stefani used to, in that wonderful, COMPLETELY UNRELATED, song I hope you have playing in your head now.) And why not? Why not combine those two books, since they elaborating on the same topic.  And why not combine that with this song?  I will tell you why not! Because it’s a EFFFIN’ disgrace! THAT’S WHY!     Aldous Huxley will take you…

Matt Haig -The Humans

Matt Haig -The Humans August 7, 2019

Score: 6.5/10                  Should I write this while I read it, it would be probably 8…  Meaning it’s a good times, but this dude is unlucky to be compared with Huxley’s The Doors of Perception, which kicked my doors of perception white open, leaving his book somewhat forgotten on the yard. Rather unique point of view on a life in general. It bears some deep points, interesting facts (?), even usable tips on…

Aldous Huxley – Eyeless in Gaza

Aldous Huxley – Eyeless in Gaza August 6, 2019

Score: 10/10 I’m doing it wrong, of course. I have started with his last book (Island) and that’s similar sin than reading the end of the book first.  It is twice as bad with Huxley, who’s last book (“still on the Island Mirko?”) is sort of a summary of all the best thoughts he ever had.  Also, his last book (ISLAND) is an application of his understanding that being plain doesn’t neccessary has to be a mark of a foolish…

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