Tomas Vik

Book cover Dan Vanderkam - Effective TypeScript

Dan Vanderkam - Effective TypeScript

When I started my programming career as a Java developer, my boss recommended that I read Effective Java. Even though I had a few semesters of Java programming behind my belt, I had a very superficial …

Finished 5 March 2021

Book cover Randall Munroe - What if?: serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

Randall Munroe - What if?: serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

Same as in How to, it’s a pleasure to see Randall’s thought process when answering absurd but interesting physics questions. The following snippet from the book shows this well: A mole …

Finished 29 January 2021

Book cover Terry Pratchett - Snuff

Terry Pratchett - Snuff

Reading Snuff was a bittersweet experience. Sweet because by now it’s impossible to disappoint me with stories about the Ankh-Morpork city watch. Bitter because this is the last book fo the …

Finished 29 January 2021

Book cover Terry Pratchett - Night Watch

Terry Pratchett - Night Watch

Time travelling done right. That’s the book summed up in four words. As you can tell, I’m now a full-blown groupie of the Watch series. It would be as hard to disappoint me as having …

Finished 22 December 2020

Book cover Terry Pratchett - The Fifth Elephant

Terry Pratchett - The Fifth Elephant

This book takes the watch outside of Ankh-Morkork. I’m always surprised how fresh, non-repetitive and unpredictable the story is even though this is the fifth book on the same theme. Kudos to …

Finished 4 December 2020

Book cover Pierre Hadot - Philosophy as a Way of Life

Pierre Hadot - Philosophy as a Way of Life

Pierre Hadot was a French philosopher who spent his whole life studying ancient philosophy. He was a key proponent of thought that ancient philosophy was not the theoretical discipline studied at …

Finished 16 November 2020

Book cover Terry Pratchett - Jingo

Terry Pratchett - Jingo

The disadvantage of listening to the Discworld books in the form of audiobooks is that the uncontrollable bursts of laughter make you look quite silly. Jingo is a story of nationalism, war and murder. …

Finished 30 October 2020

Book cover Epictetus - Encheiridioin

Epictetus - Encheiridioin

Some things are up to us and some things are not up to us. The Stoic philosophy is very close to my heart because it teaches an approach to life, similar to Buddhism. Epictetus suggest that you only …

Finished 19 October 2020

Book cover Terry Pratchett - Feet of Clay

Terry Pratchett - Feet of Clay

Who can mix crime novel with thoughtful discrimination critique and make it hilarious enough that you are going to be bursting out laughing? Only Sir Terrance. The main characters of the city watch …

Finished 9 October 2020

Book cover Pierce Brown - Morning Star

Pierce Brown - Morning Star

Trilogy: Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star The third book in the Red Rising Saga is a bit repetitive end you can see some of the plot twists coming from miles away. But the book wasn’t a …

Finished 31 August 2020