Recent Books — Darkling Sea, Guest Room, Bring Me Back, Army of None, How Fascism Works
A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias. Ugh, how did this thing get decent reviews? Reads like Asimov from early 70s which I enjoyed when I was 12 but hasn’t aged well.
The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian. Sad story about human trafficking and its victims, wrapped up inside a suspense novel. A little uncomfortable at times, human trafficking is an ugly business.
Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris. Marketed as a great beach read, at first I thought this was an engaging tale, and then I realized that the two protagonists are possibly the two stupidest people I have ever encountered in a novel. Abandoned.
Army of None by Paul Scharre, An examination of the issues around autonomous weapons. Mixed feelings. Some of the writing is very clumsy, but the discussion of the human/weapons systems integration issues are interesting.
How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley. A catalog of the mechanics of fascism (and an examination of how they are being used today). Depressing.