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Random meanderings about the books I love—or don't. 

Interspersed with observations about my hobbies: Beer & Wine, Bridge, Bikes and Bow-wows.

Currently reading

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
Pontypool Changes Everything
Tony Burgess
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin Interesting but ultimately disappointing.

Le Guin posits a society of genetically engineered humans who are hermaphroditic — being sexless at most times, but periodically entering kemmer where they may express either male or female attributes.

You'd think that she could make a great deal of this, but the main narrator is an outsider, who can't help but filter everything he sees through his masculine point-of-view. The only lessons I take from the story are that no matter how stable a society like this could be, it would eventually fail; and that without "men" there's no way we'll ever found an interstellar civilization.