The Code Book by Simon Singh
We’re dipping back into real life spookiness with this non-fiction cryptography pick. Published in 1999, The Code Book is packed full of stories that any history geek will love. And not only it is fascinating, it’s all more relevant than you think. Especially when we talk about internet encryption and the modern debate around how secure/private the average person has a right to be.
There’s just so much to talk about, and even if you’re a total newbie to cryptography and linguistics, you’ll be able to get into this book.
Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan
And then we plunge back into horror with Agents of Dreamland, a scifi horror novella and 2017 nominee for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction. Spooky, weird, bizarre, fantastical, Lovecraftian, and also, a dash of classic noir. It’s a genre-bender.
And did we mention body horror? Honestly, adjectives are the best way to describe it, because it’s creepy and weird and I want you to be surprised by what happens.
What are you reading in February? How often do you pick up non-fiction vs fiction?