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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
Alas, Babylon - Pat Frank Now this, as opposed to On the Beach, is how a post-nuclear-war novel of the late '50s should be. Not everything translates well to the 21st century, but it's believable for its time; it has a racial-equality subtext that would have got the author a great deal of hate mail in his day; and it encapsulates everything that is great about America (and some of the not-so-great).

Shute's novel was about humanity crawling under a rock and giving up. Frank's details the lives of a dozen or so people figuring out how to cope — and in the process saving an entire community.