recent reads

Since my post last August I read some good books, at least by my tastes.

China interests me and I read Soul Mountain (a slow read in between other books) by Gao Xingjian, 1st Chinese recipient of Nobel Prize in literature; and the Wild Swans by Jung Chang, a good successor to her book on Mao: The Unknown Story.  When I travel to Australia I look for books which have not yet surfaced in the United States and I enjoyed Easternisation by Rachman – succinct and gripping.  As is the Hundred-Year Marathon by Pillsbury.  I completed the Cixin Liu science fiction trilogy – The Dark Forest and Death’s End, very imaginative and mind twisting. And a fascinating book on the challenges of manufacturing in China is The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware by Andrew “bunnie” Huang published in March 2017.

From the U.K. I enjoyed Surviving the Future by David Fleming edited by Chamberlain.  A good analysis though I do not agree with all of it.

And then I read mass fiction which I enjoy for the sugar high and for a bit of escapism.   And I am now reading Hero of the Empire about Winston Churchill by Millard, which brings back memories of the country where I lived for 28 years.