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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
On the Beach - Nevil Shute A seriously depressing look at a society that has decided it has no future, and so will make absolutely no attempt to create one for itself.

After nuclear war devastates the Northern Hemisphere, the radiation from dirty bombs slowly migrates south, and at the beginning of the story, Melbourne, Australia, estimates it has 3 months left to live. The Cobalt isotope in the bombs has a half-life of 5 years - surely somebody would be trying to last out the worst of it underground, but not only do they not try, they don't even seem to consider and discard such ideas.