On the Bookshelf

I’ve been eating out at apocalyptic fiction recently. A sign of the times perhaps as it seems this kind of escapism is pretty popular at the moment. Some of it is pretty dark… Just read American War by Omar El Akkad. A slow dystopian end-of-the-world saga. Grim but a good read. My fav line: “Everyone fights an American War”. I think it was a little long, somehow it felt like it had at least two points that could have been endings before it actually finished. But still very enjoyable.

Currently working through the following two books, both of which I’m really enjoying.

Since I also love non-fiction, and generally eat this stuff up as fast as it comes out, on the non-fiction bookshelf I am currently working through Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.


It is about the Osage tribe of Native North Americans that were thrown off their land by the government of the time only to be given (unknowingly) land which was rich in oil. They became the richest people per head on earth. Then, ‘mysteriously’, they started being murdered at an astonishing rate. It is a pretty fascinating part of American history.

Also, to get out of all the gloomy escapism, I decided to try something a little lighter – The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by California’s own Becky Chambers. 1/3 of the way through and it’s awesome! Highly recommended if you are looking for an entertaining and engaging, light (as in mood), read.

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