Fiction read recently on planes.
Dan Simmons The Terror: A Novel. This is the story of 19th century British arctic exploration, looking for a northwest passage. Bitter cold, deprivation, and the standard arctic fair, with a monster thrown in. Dan Simmons is one of the better crafter of tales out there. If you haven’t read Ilium and Olympos then you’re life is just that much less for it. 😉
The second book was Stephen Pressfield’s The Afghan Campaign: A novel. This is a modern retelling of life in Alexander’s army from the point of view of the guys wearing the boots in the field.