Category Archives: Books

Pick of the Geek: Red Rising

I first read Red Rising in 2015. I picked it up randomly from the library, thinking it looked quite interesting. I had no idea it was going to completely blow my mind. This book is an amazingly-written rollercoaster, full of action, humour, and tenderness. The

Pick of the Geek – The Psychopath Test

For Jon Ronson, journalism is about offering a fair hearing to people who might not otherwise get, or even deserve, it. Over the course of his eight books he’s done this to Ku Klux Klansmen, anthrax hoaxers, cult leaders, paedophiles and people who tweeted insensitive

Pick of the Geek – The Book of Sand

Today, everything in art is about size: binge-watched TV, enormous novels, three-hour superhero movies, massive public sculptures. For the antidote to all this, you can’t do better than turn to Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian author whose stories are incredibly short, yet each of his

Pick of the Geek – An Experiment in Love

Hilary Mantel’s biggest strength as a novelist is her ability to embrace contradictions, so it’s hard to say anything about one of her books without noting that it could easily be seen the other way. Her historical novels have the settings and page counts of

Pick of the Geek – The Magic Finger

To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it’s just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs