Four books knocked out this month, in quick succession.
First up, The Maker's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, by Simon Monk (http://amzn.to/2bbo8vv
). I like Maker projects and was looking for some cool, Doomsday Prepper-type projects to mess around with. Most of these projects are basic and, to be honest, the vast majority of "maker" guides have slightly different flavors of the same dozen projects. I did really enjoy the section on solar and pedal power but feel that, overall, the book was a bit too light. The zombie apocalypse theme is a bit too gimmicky and tacked on. If you're new to the Maker world, this could be a fun introduction, but it's too simple for more advanced hardware hackers.
I had the pleasure of reading Farley Mowat's The Boat that Wouldn't Float (http://amzn.to/2aHNMVY
) while travelling through Newfoundland. A modern classic in wilderness/adventure writing, it supplants some of the more onerous piles of transcendentalist pablum about living wild and deliberately (cough
Happy Walden Day cough
). Mowatt is poignant, insightful, and shameless in describing his misadventures.
March, Book Three, by Congressman John Lewis (http://amzn.to/2aJ5cVq
) was waiting for me when I got home. It is a masterpiece. Read the whole series.
Finally, I heard about Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite (http://amzn.to/2aJ3WBS
) from Suki Kim's interview in the New Republic (https://newrepublic.com/article/133893/reluctant-memoirist
). The juxtaposition between Kim's experience working around the censors in North Korea and her own publishers attempt to bury her story as a memoir rather than a serious piece of journalism is fairly damning. The book itself is a fascinating, rare look at like among North Korea's young elite in the days before the death of Kim Jung-il.