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Опасные связи. Манон Леско
4.06
it was amazing
This review is about Les liaisons dangereuses only, I did not read Manon Lescaut (but I used this edition). One thing that intrigues me is what was th ...more
Jan 30, 2016
Jan 30, 2016
 
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
4.34
really liked it
As the first one, quite a brilliant book, though not for the novelty of things it describes — it doesn't really, there are very few new things one cou ...more
Apr 02, 2017
Apr 02, 2017
 
The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works
3.69
really liked it
This is a useful book for a beginner speaker, for someone who wants to speak publicly but feels he or she is incapable, untrained or poorly equipped f ...more
Oct 19, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
 
Human Anatomy: A Very Short Introduction
3.45
really liked it
A brilliant book; didn't understand half of it (but that's normal), but it's written exactly the way it should be: without trying to be easy (it can't ...more
Aug 2016
Aug 02, 2016
 
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
4.13
really liked it
Not that it provides many answers — but considering the questions is an interesting and necessary task. The author deals with different types of disas ...more
Apr 02, 2017
Apr 02, 2017
 
The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time
3.66
liked it
This is a very interesting topic — though its detailed exploring leaves one wondering whether it's a bit monotonous; however, the book does not give i ...more
not set
Feb 19, 2017
Feb 19, 2017
 
That's Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us
3.72
really liked it
This is a wonderful and hilarious account of language and cultural differences between America and Britain, told by an expat American who lives in Lon ...more
Jan 15, 2016
Jan 12, 2016
 
The People in the Trees
3.64
it was amazing
It's nice to be finishing off the reading year with such a brilliant book. "The People in the Trees", while not a hopefully immortal book like "A Litt ...more
Dec 30, 2015
Oct 19, 2015
 
Hot Milk
3.41
it was ok
The first twenty pages or so of this book were perfect: great setting, great heroine, great circumstances, a somewhat strange (but all the better for ...more
Oct 20, 2016
Oct 21, 2016
 
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
3.97
really liked it
This is a book about your (our, my) inner fish — the evolutionary legacy of all creatures great and small in our bodies. The author brilliantly saddle ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jul 02, 2014
 
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
4.42
it was amazing
While I was reading the first chapters of this book, I thought that the author was not going to tell me anything newsworthy; I have read quite a few b ...more
not set
Aug 15, 2015
 
Избранные статьи
4.67
it was amazing
Dashevsky was one of the most brilliant minds in contemporary Russia, his death a huge, gaping loss. His short reviews of current book scene form a mo ...more
May 10, 2016
Apr 14, 2016
 
The Etruscans: A Very Short Introduction
3.52
liked it
(Three is good, do not forget this.) A very sound short introduction to the Etruscan civilization, its composition, its connection to Bronze Age and V ...more
Apr 02, 2016
Feb 03, 2016
 
Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins
3.90
really liked it
Olson provides one of the most accessible accounts of population genetics, the fascinating field pioneered in the trenches of WWI and later developed ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Mar 12, 2009
 
Stories of Your Life and Others
4.27
really liked it
Chiang is not a great writer, but he is a really great thinker. He manages to turn his most exquisite and difficult thoughts into language, and the he ...more
Sep 07, 2016
Sep 07, 2016
 
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
4.20
really liked it
A very good introduction into the current state of affairs in human genetics and some thoughts where things might go from there.

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Apr 07, 2017
Apr 06, 2017
 
Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes
4.03
really liked it
Svante Pääbo decoded the Neanderthal genome in a series of brilliant scientific attacks, from painstaking and pioneering work on assembling Neandertha ...more
Jan 30, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
 
Cracking the Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-François Champollion
3.76
really liked it
An excellent account of Champollion's turbulent life, his contemporaries, colleagues, rivals, detractors and admirers, and the story of deciphering th ...more
Sep 2015
Aug 21, 2015
 
Volcanoes in Human History: The Far-Reaching Effects of Major Eruptions
3.83
liked it
Rather stiff in its attempt to walk the line between volcanology and history. The volcanology part is too complex for historians, the history part is ...more
Jun 2017
Jun 13, 2017
 
Supervolcano: The Catastrophic Event That Changed the Course of Human History: Could Yellowstone Be Next
3.52
it was ok
A very interesting topic — but muddled by too many deviations, including a scenario of a possible supereruption in our days.
Jun 2017
Jun 13, 2017
 
The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science
3.72
it was amazing
This is an amazing feat. I always wanted to know more about Aristotle, but the closest I could get was Gasparov's chapter about him in Zanimatel'naja ...more
Apr 2015
Feb 23, 2015
 
The Portuguese: A Modern History
3.82
really liked it
A very good book about Portugal and the Portuguese — essentially a history leading to the early years of the 21st century. It is written by a British ...more
Oct 2016
Oct 10, 2016
 
The High Mountains of Portugal
3.37
liked it
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Too bad Goodreads doesn't allow to divide its stars into fraction; this is certainly 3.5 stars for me, but I prefer to err on the brighter s
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Feb 24, 2016
Feb 07, 2016
 
The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease
4.21
really liked it
A wonderful book, or, rather, a few books rolled into one. The first is about evolutionary anthropology, but rather than retelling well-known stories ...more
Feb 05, 2015
Oct 16, 2014
 
The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History
3.69
really liked it
This one is much funnier and livelier than "Clean". Lots of anecdotes, well-structured and flowing narrative, a reasonable division into chapters and ...more
Feb 05, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
 
Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction
3.47
really liked it
Not a history, but a competent and idiosyncratic overview of the current state of Egyptology. Those who are not satisfied might look up some of the ti ...more
Jan 2013
Aug 26, 2013
 
Wrath of God: The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755
3.62
liked it
A good and detailed description of one of the worst disasters in (relatively) recent history, at least among those that were natural and happened in E ...more
Nov 30, 2016
Oct 10, 2016
 
Clean: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity
3.40
it was ok
A bit boring account, and the occurrence of 'Roman historian Herodotus' makes me doubt its academic soundness (to be fair, that was the only obvious b ...more
Feb 05, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
 
The Story of Decipherment: From Egyptian Hieroglyphs to Maya Script: From Egyptian Hieroglyphics to Maya Script
3.81
really liked it
A wonderful book, in scope, material, and tone. Tells every story with as much reverence and solemnity as it should be told, and never errs on this si ...more
Jun 2016
Sep 03, 2015
 
The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction
3.14
it was amazing
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Jan 02, 2014
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