Hop over to Shiny New Books for my review of Jo Walton’s The Just City. Here is a taste:

Aside from The Death of Socrates and a few other pieces forced on me in school, I can’t say I have ever been interested in reading Plato. That Jo Walton’s novel The Just City made me download The Republic to my Kobo is unprecedented. I haven’t actually begun reading it yet, but hey, one step at a time.

Why this response to Walton’s book? The Just City is Walton’s take on what might happen if Plato’s Republic went from thought experiment to reality.

There is lots of other new stuff to check out while you are there. Who knows, you might find one more book to put on your list for Santa or the perfect book to gift the person who seems to have read everything.