Ahab's Rolling Sea by Richard J. King

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“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul…then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.” Herman Melville’s great novel, Moby-Dick, is an incredible exploration of revenge and the conflict of man versus nature, but it is also a reverent and insightful novel of the sea. Indeed, the ocean is as much a character as Ishmael or Ahab, and Richard J. King’s book, Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick (Chicago, $30), shows us just how deep Melville’s research went. King delves into the natural history behind the work, teaching us about whale intelligence, marine animals, and period research methods while also taking a broader cultural view of how the sea was seen by the American public when Melville was writing. Whether you love Moby-Dick or just like getting your feet wet, King’s book captures the enduring power that the ocean still has over us, and what that means in an era of climate crisis.


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ISBN: 9780226514963
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Published: University of Chicago Press - November 11th, 2019

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

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“The world is at the start of something new. We are the shaping spirits of our destiny. And though I am not an inventor of machines I am an inventor of dreams. Yet I wish I had a cat.” Frankissstein,(Grove, $27), by Jeanette Winterson, is deft and lean, weaving together several stories in a meditation on the nature of life and intelligence. We start in 1818 during a rainy Swiss summer, following Mary Shelley as she begins to write the masterpiece that invented an entirely new genre of fiction. Then we move to today, where Dr. Ry Shelley, a trans man, is falling in love with Victor Stein, a pioneer in AI technology. The two stories parallel each other, Ry being both the analog for Mary Shelley and the monster from the story, and introduce us to a cast of loveable, hilarious, and occasionally infuriating characters. From body horror to sexbots, musings on eternal life to transhumanism, Winterson's witty and sexy book (which was long-listed for the Booker Prize) is a love story in every sense of the word: a love between people, between a creator and their work, and for the nature of life itself.

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ISBN: 9780802129499
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Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2019

The Wolf and the Watchman - Niklas Natt och Dag

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The Wolf and the Watchman, Niklas Natt och Dag's new mystery, combines the historical sensibilities of Hillary Mantel and C.J. Sansom with the noir instincts of Steig Larson and Jo Nesbo. In 1793 Stockholm, a watchman pulls a mutilated body from bog. What follows is a taut and gripping thriller with a pair of mismatched detectives: an ornery alcoholic veteran with the wooden hand and a consumptive, idealistic, meticulous lawyer. As their investigation takes them all over the city, we begin to see a web of deception, crime, and cruelty that stains even the most pure. As the proverb goes, homo homini lupus est - Man is wolf to man.

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ISBN: 9781501196782
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Published: Atria Books - October 1st, 2019