December 2019 pick: suggestions?
I've received the wonderful honour of picking the December book. I have a couple of suggestions, but I thought I'd ask if anyone has opinions on them.
I've suggested Brave New World, a classic of SF. describing a dystopia of soft social control and the erosion of individuality. There could be interesting parallels to draw with current events.
Another novel(-ella) that came across my radar is This is How You Lose the Time War, a romance between two soldiers on opposite sides of a time war. I don't know much about it, other than there were lots of people talking about it and liking it.
For something a bit more pulpy, there's Jade City (and another review), a cross between a 1930s gangster pulp and a wuxia romp, where the wire-fu is powered by "magical" jade and the setting is a newly-independent island, akin to Taiwan or Hong Kong. I got about half-way through it before being ambushed by other books.
Any comments or suggestions? Anything people are keen to read, or desperate to avoid?