Murmur – Will Eaves

Another book I brought from my trip to Dubai in July 2019. It seems so far away now, that the whole world has locked down and after three months is only hesitantly relaxing the measures. Other books I bought there were more focused on Arabic literature. But somehow Murmur caught my eye. It is based on the …

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Death is Hard Work – Khaled Khalifa

I bought this book in July 2019, when I was in Dubai. While visiting the impressive shopping malls, I spent 40 minutes in the biggest bookshop in Dubai (it's Dubai, so everything has to be the biggest). I decided to use this opportunity to expand my horizons and bought several books that originally were published …

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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems – Randall Munroe

Another one of the accidental BookPeople buys. Sometimes I like a book that seems to be about nothing in particular. And this one looked like a good match. A book to stretch your mind and have some fun. Randall Munroe is a cartoonist and an engineer. The book combines both of his gifts seamlessly. With …

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Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan – Jonathan Manthorpe

I must admit I am a typical product of Western education, completely oblivious to almost all of Asia's history, but for the most momentous events. So when my Taiwanese-Canadian friend asked me what I would like to get for a 'not-so-secret' Santa I asked for a book about Taiwan. When she talks about the island's …

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