The 4th Generation Warfare Handbook
is a text written for a command-level military audience and assumes that modern era insurgencies and terror groups like ISIS and Boko Haram are a new form of warfare that replaces large, mechanized armies. It suggests that 4GW is a "new" form of warfare that is emerging in history, with line and formation warfare being Gen 1 (medieval, Civil War), attrition warfare being Gen 2 (WWI, artillery), and Gen 3 being maneuver warfare (Yamamoto, Scwarzkopf). One problem in the book that I didn't see answered is that insurgencies, rebellions, and guerrilla warfare have existed long before the author's presumption of it as the "new" normal. I was also hoping that this would be more of a historical and how-to text. It was instead written as a strategy, tactics, and theory text for Army officers at the Colonel level and above. Lastly and perhaps the biggest turn-off: a chapter in which the author manufactures an imaginary conversation in which a 4GW student patronizingly explains the theory to a skeptical superior. The conversation is obviously an imagined lecture, but it's presented as an encounter that is being recollected; no disclaimer is given. It's probably just bad editing, but it came off as a falsehood.
Ballard's The Drowned World
is a global warming post apocalypse story. In this setting the world's animals and plants mutate swiftly to Jurassic-sized monsters, and humans as well begin to regress to a more violent, animalistic state. The novel makes a lot of hay over whether this change the characters experience is a physical response to the environment or an indulgence of the darker aspects of their personalities in the absence of hope and a future. There was a significant Heart of Darkness influence that I grew tired of pretty quickly. I'd have preferred more giant lizards, dragonflies and bats, and a little less nihilistic navel gazing.