What I Read in July 2017

Some good books this month:

  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story, by Douglas Preston: ┬áThe story of an expedition into the rain forest jungles of Honduras to find a legendary lost city. Preston is a master storyteller and brings both the expedition and the history behind it to life.
  • New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson: Near future SF about a flooded New York. The writing is brilliant and kinetic, just like the city it portrays. This may be Robinson’s best book and is sure to be an award contender next year.
  • The Berlin Project, by Greg Benford: I had pretty much given up reading Benford after a series of turgid space exploration novels, but this is nothing like those. It’s an alternate history in which the US develops the atomic bomb a year earlier than in our timeline. Benford knew many of the people involved in the Manhattan Project and this gives the novel a verisimilitude lacking in many alternate histories. This too should be an award contender next year.

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