Linda Oskam

Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (761 of 1,047)
Location: Amsterdam Netherlands
Birthday: 14 May
In My Own Words:
I am a biomedical scientist (born in the sixties) specialized in tropical infectious diseases. My work allows me to travel all over the (developing) world, meeting a lot of people from different cultures. In my spare time I like to read, hike, cycle, play indoor soccer, build my website ( and spend time with my family and friends.

As far as books are concerned, I read a lot on … Read more


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Babel by Rio Grande Games
Babel by Rio Grande Games
Babel is a game for two players that takes 30-45 minutes to play once you know the rules. Each player tries to build temples: the higher the temple, the higher its value. To build the temples you need workers and they come from all over the Eufrate and Tigris area: there are cards with five different tribes and once you have three cards of a certain tribe in a row you can either build your temples faster or you can wreck havoc among the temples/tribes of your opponent (or both). You need a good combination of luck (which tribes do you get) and strategy, but thinking further then 2 steps ahead does not make a lot of sense as you never know what your opponent is gonna do.

And that… Read more
Shakespeare: The World as a Stage (Eminent Lives) by Bill Bryson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When Bill Bryson is going to tackle a subject like William Shakespeare, you know that it is going to informative and very funny, an excellent combination. In his usual wry style Bill Bryson tries to unravel fact and fiction about Shakespeare's life, time and works. Because of the scarcity of facts, people have over the ages made up whole stories based on no evidence whatsoever. Also, there was (and is) a strong movement that Shakespeare's plays were not written be Shakespeare, because they consider him too much of a country yokel to write about the sophisticated topics covered in his plays. Bill bryson describes the times in which Shakespeare was alive, including the way in which theaters… Read more
The Mephisto Club: Rizzoli & Isles series 6 by Tess Gerritsen
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a creepy boy!, 2 Aug 2008
On Christmas Eve pathologist Maura Isles is called to a house where a young woman is slaughtered and the body is left in such a way that the police is sure that it means something. A few days later a second victim is made by what appears to be the same killer. This victim is left in the garden of the leader of a small group of intellectuals that aim at tracing down "evil spirits": people who are such sociopathic bloodthirsty murderers that they consider them to be either a different kind of human or not human at all. More deaths follow and the police start to see a pattern, but it takes them a while to trace down the name of the killer and after that to actually trace the killer. And in the… Read more