World Book Day: What the Vultures are Reading

World Book Day

In celebration of World Book Day, a few of the vultures took time out of their busy schedules to discuss what they were reading now and why you should pick up the book too.

 

Callum – The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow is just about the most horrifying eye-opener I’ve encountered since Un Chien Andalou. Michelle Alexander bravely and comprehensively deconstructs the institutionalised racism lurking just barely beneath the surface of ingrained American culture whilst also highlighting the hopeful futility of the prison system. I won’t say it’s an enjoyable read, but it’s an essential one.

 

Alex – Red Dwarf Novel Series

As a long-standing Red Dwarf fan, and by long-standing I mean my father and I used to watch it every time I visited him for about four years… I have always wanted to, and finally am reading the red dwarf novels. If you’re a fan of the show, if you want to know what killed McIntyre or  how Lister joined the Jupiter Mining Corporation in the first place, and what he did beforehand for that matter, these books are for you. If you just want an incredibly funny, surprisingly original sci-fi comedy to burn through on holiday, these books are definitely for you.

 

Jimmy – Clouds of Hungry Dogs, Gabriel Ricard

Despite being co-chair of a poetry contest, I seldom find time to sit down and just enjoy poetry without feeling the need to critique. That’s not to say that I don’t like being a part of Poem of the Week, but it certainly brings out your critical side. With Ricard’s A Cloud of Hungry Dogs, I can’t find a single flaw to pick – this is poetry the way it should be. Honest, profound and a little bit surreal.

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