The 8 Fiction Books That I’ve Read So Far This Summer

What have you been reading?

July 30, 2015

I mostly read nonfiction. The 8 books that I’m recommending below are the fiction books that I’ve read so far this summer.

The way that I remember and make sense of the books that I read is to review them. Most of what I review, however, are nonfiction books - as nonfiction is (usually) easier to relate to higher education.

Listing these fiction books is my way to both share what I’m reading, and to think about what I have read.

#1. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi: A near perfect blend of mystery, future thinking, and deep insight into the risks of building a civilization in the desert.

#2. The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir: The backstory of this self-published monster hit is almost as good as the actual book - and the actual book is wonderful.  An adventure story for the space nerd in most of us.

#3. Palace of Treason: A Novel by Jason Matthews: In this followup to Red Sparrow, Matthews continues to give us a grounded, realistic, and thrilling view into the workings of the intelligence community.

#4. All Involved: A Novel by Ryan Gattis: The 1992 LA Riots as seen through the eyes of the people caught in the middle.  

#5 and #6. The Power of the Dog and The Cartel by Don Winslow:  The type of insider view to our failed War on Drugs that only a novelist can provide.

#7. The Children Act by Ian Mcewan: A close observation of the workings of a family judge from my favorite novelist.

#8. Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P. W. Singer and August Cole: An exercise of realistic scenario planning where China decides that their energy security requires starting World War III.  Very good on future military technology and what Hawaii would be like if it were to be invaded.

What fiction have you read so far this summer?

Can you recommend the perfect book to take on vacation?



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