1. Sharpe's Eagle, Bernard Cornwell
2. Persian Fire, Tom Holland
3. The Lightening Thief, Rick Riordian
4. Parasite Rex, Carl Zimmer
Imagine a world where parasites control the minds of their hosts, sending them to their destruction.Imagine a world where parasites are masters of chemical warfare and camouflage, able to cloak themselves with their hosts' own molecules.Imagine a world where parasites steer the course of evolution, where the majority of species are parasites.Welcome to earth.
Reccommended to me by Neurovore of Neurovore's Nuclear News Network, or N^4. Hoo boy, was this an eye-opener. You have no idea how wondrously terrifying and disgusting life can be until you've read about the life cycle of parasites.
5. The Age of Absurdity, Michael Foley
I only heard of this book through Cyberkitten, and read it back in January. I haven't reviewed it yet, because -- like The Sane Society -- it comments on so much that I feel hard-pressed to do it justice. The essential idea is that we have created societies which not only fail to meet our needs, but often run counter to them.
6. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
Neurovore again. This is a dystopian novel set in a nightmare future in which crazy Christians have taken over the United States and created a society based on the Hebrew scriptures -- complete with the total subjugation of women. Considering the Republican Party's current offerings, perhaps we should read it in preparation.
7. The Blank Slate, Stephen Pinker
8. The Magicians, Lev Grossman
9. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
10. Nemesis, Isaac Asimov