Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at a variety of issues in modern British culture. I think what makes it particularly effective is that it doesn’t try to cover everything, it doesn’t go into theory or the history of race relations (though it does highlight some of them).
Okay, mild rant over. What a delightful book! It was a time-traveller who-dunnit. It starts with the discovery of time travel by four women (yesssss) Barbara, Margaret, Lucille and Grace. However, very soon we are in 2018 where a young woman named Odette discovers the body of someone who has been murdered.
I’m not sure I would have ever looked or found this book if it hadn’t been for the challenge. Dear Genius is a selection of letters to authors and other people from Ursula Nordstrom, head of the children’s book department for Harpers books from 1940-1973.
So, it’s the world as we know it, but suddenly people start losing their shadows (yes, physics etc, just go with it). But then they start losing their memories. And because they can’t remember things, they start to misremember things into reality. Like alligators that are the size of cruise ships, guns that fire lightening, or that you can’t actually talk to animals.
So what is this book all about? I kind of think of it as a catalogue of how not to design, followed by the better way to design things. It’s about human-centred design or prototyping, testing, getting feedback and iterating.
You know when you’re reading a book and it feels like the perfect book you could be reading at that particular time? I think this was the perfect book for this holiday. Maybe it would have been perfect no matter what the time or place, but for some reason I had some resonance with the universe to be utterly tickled by a novel
So the basics are that there’s been a plague that has wiped out almost everyone, there’s a 1 in a million survival rate from this virus. Humanity have spread beyond earth and that’s where we find our main character, Jamie. She’s a vet, living on a settler planet called Solitaire and wakes up, having survived the virus. Jamie gets it into her head that she wants to go back to Earth, to where she grew up, thinking that her ex-partner would be there too