I’ve been in an excellent non-fiction space recently. (Maybe it’s too hot to do the work of putting myself in a fictional world? Who knows, I’m just going with it.) Let’s got to it:
Inbox (Books Acquired)
Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black (September 6, Ace)– I’ve already started this and it’s got a Firefly-ish, Wild West with aliens! thing going on that I’m pretty into. A great end-of-summer page-turner for sci-fi fans.
Outbox (Books Finished)
Code Talker by Chester Nez and Judith Schiess Avila— A memoir by one a member of the Navajo Code Talker unit of the Marines during WWII, a group of around 30 Navajos who developed a military code based on their language that was used (and remained uncracked) in the Pacific theater. Nez’s memoir follows him from his childhood on the reservation to the boarding schools of his adolescence to his experience in the Marines. A must-read for anyone interested in military history.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery— Octopuses (not octopi, I have learned) are weird: most of their thinking neurons are in their arms, they mate when the male inserts a particular tentacle into the female’s mantle (her head, HER HEAD), and they are creepily flexible. I find them eternally compelling, and this book about what it might be like to BE one is right up my alley.