This week on the To Be Read Podcast we were joined by author P.T. Hylton (while Michael was on vacation) to discuss books that were made into T.V. shows that we liked, didn’t like, or would like to see. And some going the other way.
I finished reading the excellent nature-oriented non-fiction recommended by Hugh Howey, this time with The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation by Fred Pearce, the award-winning British environmental journalist. He really challenges everything you might ever have thought about “invasive species,” or what would be more fair to call immigrant and often naturalized. I loved how he traced the history of human study into ecology and ecosystems, and where a few ideas may have taken us down a misguided path. Humans have had an impact on nature far longer than we even imagine, and even our areas with native species are often a recent construction. Thanks again to Hugh Howey for a great recommendation.
It dovetails nicely with Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds by Jim Sterba, and more on that next week.
I finished reading part 2 of the story of Alynia Sky, by indie fantasy author Ben Herr, about a young teen girl who can speak to birds, and has to grow from headstrong and troublemaking into a hero to help her tribe. It’s on the cusp between middle grade and young adult, so I’d recommend it to tween girls especially.
Note: The image and link are for book 1, since I received an advanced reader copy. Keep up to date at his Facebook page.
I’ve started the Adventure Time graphic novels by Ryan North and illustrated by Braden Lamb, with my son, after getting into the show. They’re a lot of fun, and make sure to check out the little light green author’s notes/jokes in the bottom margins.
Yes, if you happen to buy one of these from Amazon based on my recommendation links, they’ll throw a few cents my way as a thank you. Or go get the book out of the library (I love my library), buy it in a used bookstore, or borrow it from a friend. If it catches your eye, you’ll find a way.