What are you reading?
Jo: I'm reading this book at the moment. It's called Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine, by Hannah Fry.
Kirk: The Amber Spyglass, which is the third book of His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman.
Jonathan: At the moment I'm reading this book, called Do Nothing.
Joanne: At the moment I'm reading, or rather rereading, this book. The title is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, and the author is Mark Haddon.
What's it about?
Jo: So, it's basically about the power, but also the dangers, of algorithms.
Kirk: The story really involves a young man and woman, named Will and Lyra, who are trying to escape from the authorities, who don't like something that they've discovered.
Jonathan: This book is about doing nothing! Yeah, so, in modern life, we often work quite hard and we're quite busy. And it can be stressful. And the book explains how life came to be that way and what could be the downsides of living that way.
Joanne: The main character in the story is a 15-year-old boy named Christopher. Christopher has high-functioning autism. He's really, really good at maths, but there are some everyday situations that he finds really difficult. And anyway, the story, it's sort of a murder mystery. It starts when he decides to solve the mystery of his neighbour's dog being murdered. But then as he does all the detective work, he discovers lots of other secrets about his family.
Are you enjoying it?
Jo: Yeah, I'm really enjoying it! It's very clear, very stylish, with lots of really interesting examples.
Kirk: It's philosophical, it makes you think. But it's also very engaging. There are adventures, the world is rich, the characters are believable and very interesting.
Jonathan: Yes, I am enjoying this book. Yeah, I think it's really good, and I've learned a lot so far, but I've only just started, really.
Joanne: I'm really enjoying this book. What I really like is seeing the world through Christopher's eyes.
Would you recommend it?
Jo: So, yes, I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who is interested in technology and society.
Kirk: Almost everyone I know who's read it has really enjoyed it. I think the only people who maybe wouldn't enjoy it are people who really, really dislike fantasy. But it's not a normal fantasy book.
Jonathan: Yes, I would recommend this book so far. But I have only just started it, so I'll tell you later once I've finished it.
Joanne: I'd definitely recommend this book. It's a really good read. And I think that it could be good for people learning English, as the language used in it is quite simple.
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