In the last four months there should have been plenty of opportunity to read books, right? Well, not so much. Herein my most recent literary conquests.
- World War Z by Max Brooks. This is the book that had Brad Pitt up in Glasgow filming with a bunch of zombies. I’m not sure what the film will be like, but I thought the book was absolutely brilliant. It’s written as a series of interviews with survivors of the zombie outbreak, a useful device that lets the author hop about through multiple viewpoints. The “factual” presentation style makes it feel more real. If you haven’t read it and you love a bit of walking dead action, go get it right now.
- Immune (The Rho Agenda : Book Two) by Richard Phillips. As I wrote about the first book in the series, “do expect an enjoyable tale”. This one was a bit more sluggish, but still an entertaining read.
- Engineman by Eric Brown. Utterly brilliant.
- The Scar by China Mieville. So good. The bizarre and strange world of Bas Lag that China Mieville has created provides a great backdrop for wonderful stories. I loved Perdido Street Station, and although The Scar is not a sequel, it’s set in the same universe and felt familiar.
- Iron Council by China Mieville. Again, not a sequel, but still wonderful. Almost steampunk (but in a good way).
- Broken by Karin Slaughter. This was on offer at Amazon so I picked it up for the awesome price of £0. It’s now £3.49 and I would probably recommend it at that price. I’m not a big crime reader, but I enjoyed this one. It had sufficient twists and turns to keep me turning the pages, and moved at a good pace.
- The Phoenix Conspiracy by Richard L Sanders. Some of the writing was a bit wobbly, especially early on, but this is a fast-paced sci-fi romp that proved to be quite entertaining. It’s currently free at Amazon, normal price £2.09, so go grab it!
- The Dervish House by Ian McDonald. If you’ve ever been to Istanbul, there’s a good chance you’ll love this book right off the bat. If you like your scifi in a hot and grimy and all too plausible near future, you’ll love this book. The kindle formatting is basically rubbish, and this can make it hard to follow: switches in narrative are not immediately obvious. But stick with it (or get the paperback) because it’s a fantastic story.