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Novel Tease

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
Silently and Very Fast - Catherynne M. Valente A tiny little novella that explores the boundaries between man & machine, being & not-being. What makes a human? Along the way, a robot introduces us to the memes behind myths, from the Sumerian creation to Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel & Snow White (and even "Old Macdonald had a Farm").

"Love is the Turing test", says Valente - but is it? Through the whole story, Elefsis the house/robot, makes it clear that he isn't human, doesn't have feelings, and only mimics others - and yet, you're left with the unmistakable impression that, yes, he's human.