The H-Bomb Girl by Stephen Baxter. Didn't realise till I'd got it that it's marketed as a young adult book. Maybe I should start reading blurbs and live with the spoilers.
Set in 1962: teenage girl in Liverpool gets involved with time travel and the Cuban missile crisis.
Not bad: gives a good sense of unease as the tension grows while the crisis escalates. As a grown-up though, suffered a bit through exposition of stuff I already know. Also some of the slang seemed a bit anachronistic: did teenagers get "grounded" in England in '62? Did you have Squaddies or were they still Tommies?
Overall, might be best enjoyed by that age group. Not sure if they'll care about the Beatles, the Cold War and other old-fogey stuff though.
What I'm Watching
Saw Nausicaa: Valley Of The Wind. Another Studio Ghibli Japanese animation. A future world is dominated by giant monstrous insects and a toxic jungle.
Pretty good: nicely designed monsters, plenty of action. Plot and characters a bit formulaic.
What I'm Reading 2
Finished Dead Brigade. Novella by James Lovegrove, also seems to be aimed at the young-adult market. Pretty decent zombie horror story, neatly wrapped up and doesn't outstay its welcome. Slim volume with very large print: you might feel you hadn't got your money's worth if you bought a copy.
Seem to be losing a pound a week as planned. Another four weeks should have me at my pre-December weight. Could try increasing my calorie deficit from 500 to 1000 per day, which should achieve that in two weeks... but not sure I can face the effort.
The good thing is that since I'm already doing moderate exercise and eating fairly healthily, there don't seem to be any of those annoying initial weight fluctuations due to water and muscle.
Most depressing blog ever: What I Killed Today.
Socioeconomics. Interview with Freakonomics-famed gang expert Sudhir Venkatesh.
The idea that expanding work and consumption opportunities always increases people’s wellbeing is well established in economics but finds no support in psychology... Instead, there is evidence in both economics and psychology that people’s life satisfaction depends on how experienced utility compares with expectations of life satisfaction or decision utility...
In this paper I suggest that expanding work and consumption opportunities are a good thing for decision utility but may not be so for experienced utility
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