I'm reading Travels in Arabia Deserta, by C.M. Doughty. It's slow going, because he uses a strange prose style based on the King James Bible, but it's an intriguing account of desert life in the 19th Century. I couldn't face going through all 400+ pages uninterrupted, though, so I'm taking a break to read Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. This is the first book I've read by her, although she is an iconic figure in Canada and I've seen her on TV and in magazines for decades. The book is post-apocalyptic science fiction, with plenty of interesting ideas and perspectives, but somewhat two dimensional characters.