I won't be around to read these books, but what an endowment for the future! Forest of the Future Library.
Margaret Atwood's book was the first in the project, and Scribbler Moon won't be read until 2114. In this interview (two years ago), Atwood says: "It freaks me out a bit when I think that many of these writers aren't born yet."
David Mitchell is the second writer selected. Each year an author is selected to write a book for the future library. None will be read until 2114. A hundred authors will write books for the future when the Norwegian forest will be harvested for limited editions.
I'm currently reading The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace by Alexander Klimburg. A little at a time. The influence of the Internet is so pervasive now--for both good and ill. Just a short excerpt from the description reveals why I find it necessary to take this one in small doses:
"Not only have hacking and cyber operations fundamentally changed the nature of political conflict—ensnaring states in a struggle to maintain a precarious peace that could rapidly collapse into all-out war—but the rise of covert influencing and information warfare has enabled these same global powers to create and disseminate their own distorted versions of reality in which anything is possible. At stake are not only our personal data or the electrical grid, but the Internet as we know it today—and with it the very existence of open and democratic societies."
Klimburg is certainly respected in the field of cyber security.
In between bouts of reading The Darkening Web, I continue reading my favorite escape genres: mysteries, fantasy, science fiction.
Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson, a new-to-me author, kept my attention.
After the death of Megan's parents, Megan and Chloe visit the family cottage in a seaside village, ostensibly to clean it out and put it up for sale. Megan, however, has another reason. She has received a postcard from Whitecliff, signed Z. Megan and Chloe's brother Zac disappeared from the village ten years previously.
This is the first book I've read by Wilkinson, but I'm interested in reading more.
Mystery/Psychological. June 23, 2017. Print length: 350 pages.
The Hollow Crown by Jeff Wheeler is the 4th book in the Kingfountain series, and I've enjoyed them all. This is not my favorite, but that may be partly because the story has moved to the second generation. I'm always reluctant to let favorite characters take on secondary roles.
Once again, Wheeler intertwines myth and history in the imagined world of Ceredigion, but the key player is no longer Owen Kiskaddon. Trynne, Owen's daughter, tries to subdue her desire to become a knight and become the Wizr her mother expects her to be. It seems, however, that the Kingfountain has plans for Trynne that support her own preference. Or maybe her preference is a result of Kingfountain magic.
I'm eager for the next book in this series.
Fantasy. June 13, 2017. Print length: 304 pages.
Their Lost Daughters is the second book in Joy Ellis's DI Jackman & DS Evans series. Ellis' Nikki Galena series is one of my favorites, and the Jackman/Evans series, is becoming a favorite as well.
Both series are set in the Fens, the marshy wetlands that extend through Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, and Norfolk. The landscape of the Fens is so important to both series that the Fens becomes a character in its own right.
The title gives a clue to the plot, but it is the characters who provide the cornerstone. DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans and their crew provide the grounding as the plot twists and the suspense builds.
I look forward to more books in both of Ellis' crime series, but fair warning, these books have some dark elements.
I missed this one on NetGalley, but it was available on Kindle Unlimited!
Police Procedural. 2017. Print length: 331 pages.