Impulse buy

I had to duck out to Whitcoulls yesterday during lunch to get some things I need for my move. Well, they didn’t have what I was looking for, but I couldn’t help but checking out the SciFi/Fantasy section while I was there. I love a good SciFi/Fantasy section. I wasn’t going to buy a book (you can stop laughing now, I don’t always buy a book when I’m in a bookshop – ok, mostly I do, but not always), but this one caught my eye.

The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler

Doesn’t this synopsis sound cool

When pioneering marine biologist Dr. Ha Nguyen is offered the chance to travel to the remote Con Dao Archipelago to investigate a highly intelligent, dangerous octopus species, she doesn’t pause long enough to look at the fine print. DIANIMA- a transnational tech corporation best known for its groundbreaking work in artificial intelligence – has purchased the islands, evacuated their population and sealed the archipelago off from the world so that Nguyen can focus on her research. But the stakes are high: the octopuses hold the key to unprecedented breakthroughs in extrahuman intelligence and there are vast fortunes to be made by whoever can take advantage of their advancements. And as Dr. Nguyen struggles to communicate with the newly discovered species, forces larger than DIANIMA close in to seize the octopuses for themselves.
But no one has yet asked the octopuses what they think. And what they might do about it.

I’m thinking this will make a good Xmas weekend read. At least that was my justification after I bought it. I have a scheduled post due to come out on Thursday with my reading plans for December, so I guess we’ll see at the end of this month how the addition of this book changes that. That’ll teach me for being clever and writing a post a few days in advance. Plus there’s that book from the UK that is on its way…

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