Maul by Tricia Sullivan. Satirical SF partly set in a future where the "Y Plagues" have wiped out most men. A few survive in Castellations where some compete to be the top sperm donors. The other part of the story takes place in a shopping mall where girl gangs are involved in a shootout.
I enjoyed reading it: has some good ideas and it's original. One element though was a gimmick that I've never liked the virtual reality Metaphorical Battle, which left me a bit unsatisfied after initial promise.
Overall though, still a good book: original with some compelling images and ideas.
Struggling a bit again. At work we still do old fashioned release cycles, shipping a few times a year, and we've just frozen the code for another release. Hopefully this one won't be a nightmare like the last one where my team had problems in particular.
Had to take two days off in the week to look after the toddler when he had a minor bug with a high temperature and a bit of coughing. One day had to investigate a reported bug while simultaneously look after an active toddler. Fortunately it turned out to be a user error, so no need to get an urgent fix into the release. But found it a bit stressful to get the kid ready in the morning, put him to bed in the evening and do both childcare and my job in-between.
Random. Jar Jar Binks is a secret Sith puppetmaster. Shaker catechism: "Does Christianity admit of private property?" How daylight savings affects how much sun you see. iTunes Terms and Conditions: The Graphic Novel, via. Instant Curry Comes With A Fake Girlfriend To Keep You Company. Hidden letter from an 18th century cabinetmaker, via.
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