• James Hewlett

Stay Home Media Round Up - Books

The rootinest, tootinest media round up rolls on. Yeehaw.

I may be starting to lose it! And my daily routine hasn’t even been particularly distrusted yet!

Let’s talk about books, bay-bee

Let’s talk about two or three

Let’s talk about all the authors and the genres that may be

Let’s talk aboooouut books.

(Yup, definitely losing it!)

The Expanse - James S.A. Corey

Oh hey, I’m talking about books and I bring up this sci-fi series that I love? How totally unexpected!

Yeah, I bring it up a lot but that is just because I love it so freaking much. It scratches every itch I love about fiction; amazing world building, charming characters, exciting set pieces, intriguing politics, new ideas, captivating mystery and ominous dread to name a few.

The two authors who collaborate as James SA Corey use the familiar, one character POV per chapter, style of prose many are used to from George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

The series is nine books long, eight are currently available and the final novel should be out this holiday season all being well. Plenty for you to dig into and enjoy while you’re stuck at home.

Y: The Last Man - Brian K Vaughan & Pia Guera (primarily)

This comic book series, now easily available as ten trades of five double sized volumes, chronicles the adventures of one man and his monkey, the last two males left alive on the planet after a mysterious and sudden sickness causes all the other creatures with a Y chromosome to die.

The story plays out very much like a road movie with Yorrick and Ampersand travelling across America, aided along the way by some close companions and harassed by a series of villainous characters, trying to solve the mystery and restart the global population.

It is a fantastic series and one I have recommended to comic book readers and those who have never read anything from the format before for over a decade.

If the subject matter is a little too close for comfort for you right now then check out Saga by BKV & Fiona Staples instead.

Sapiens/Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari

In times like these I think learning about the history of our species is important. It gives us some clarity and insight into where we come from biologically and it may be comforting to know that we have survived some pretty horrendous shit before, even without the incredible technologies we have at our disposal now.

It’s also good to look to the future. It may feel like a fantasy at this point but looking forward is how we all can maintain hope. We can also try to do things now that will help prevent terrible shit from happening in the future.

These two books, and the third in the series I’ve not yet read, are really fascinating. They cover topics I generally wouldn’t be interested in reading about in any particularly deep way but they’re both super engaging and seem appropriate for right now.

I’m just going to leave it with those three today, books are a longer form of media to digest and there’s plenty to dig your teeth into there. I was going to mention The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck too, but I didn’t want to double up on non-fiction.

Enjoy, let me know what you think and come back tomorrow for more recommendations.

Stay safe.

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