As you may be able to tell already:
1) It's a slow morning in the office.
2) I'm recording nearly all the books I read on here as a way to remember.
I recently dropped Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake after about 50 pages. I couldn't really get into it, but it seemed like a cool premise -- futuristic, genetic programming/splicing, animal hybrids. But the pacing was off for me.
But before that, I indulged in Kurt Vonnegut's A Man Without A Country, a collection of essays that were published in a Chicago newspaper. The essays cover (post-9/11) current events, with the overall thrust being that Vonnegut, a war veteran, no longer feels that his country represents him. Some powerful things, but as always with Vonnegut, dealt with hefty portions of wit and humor.