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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
The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi A bleak look at what happens when the world passes (and is well on the downhill slide beyond) "peak oil", and GMO agri-businesses control the world's food supplies.

Thailand is one of the few countries that is managing to survive without selling out to agri-business, even though the "calorie companies" routinely create new genetically modified crops that sterilize any other crop they contact. But how do you keep the contraband out when everybody takes bribes, and how do you convince everybody that long-term self-interest means not taking the bribe.

Given those questions, it's hard to believe that the story can have a positive ending, but surprisingly I find it does.