Monthly book roundup – 2016 February

Books finished in February:
(Warning: reviews are unpolished and quickly written.)

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (2014) by Ashlee Vance. Interesting and engaging about a visionary entrepeneur in online payments (PayPal), electric cars (Tesla), space travel (SpaceX), and solar power (Solar city). Musk comes off as a brililant, vain, and eccentric control freak. It will be interesting to follow him further.

The Three-Body Problem (2014) by Cixin Liu. Chinese science fiction. Something about the narrative was unlike the (Western) science fiction literature I am familiar with. An interesting experience. The parts from the cultural revolution seemed caricatured, but maybe it really was like that then.

Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio (2015) by Misha Glenny. Nem ends up as Don of the Rocinha favela in Rio. In Misha Glenny’s telling, Nem is more of a businessman than a criminal, and a provider of peace and prosperity, at least compared to other Dons. But several types of police, other gangs, and other dangers are always present in this corrupt world.

Ratings and old books are in the library.

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