(I am so very wide awake right now.)
What I've just finished reading:
1) Five Billion Years of Solitude by Lee Billings -- Non-fiction about the current state of searching for life on other planets. I've been slowly working my way through this one since Christmas, as I find non-fiction easier to read in smaller doses, and this one certainly covers a lot of territory. It's quite good. It begins with the Drake equation and the conference that got the SETI ball rolling in the 1960s and goes through the early hunt for planets, current work with the Kepler telescope and what the future looks like. In addition to being fascinating, it's also a very human story about the people who do this research, how rivalries and friendships and professional relationship (and govt politics) evolve and ultimately impact what gets done - and not always for the better. It's also well written, and I felt like the majority of the science was well explained. Some of the telescope physics was a bit tricky in the details, but I always felt like I could follow the main ideas.
2) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein -- Fiction about two British women fighting/supporting the war effort during WWII. Excellent, and I highly recommend it. Read it as unspoiled as you can. What I will tell you is, it is about two woman who are best friends, one a pilot and one spy who gets captured by the Gestapo. The story is told, written down by the spy during her interrogation, and it unfolds beautifully the history of their friendship and how they ended up where they do, all while really setting the scene of the women's war effort. If you're looking for something to read, you'll probably like it.
What I'm reading now: Nothing, at this moment.
What I'm going to read next: I have Ancillary Justice on my ipad, but really what's next is the next Saga trade, which comes out later this month.
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