The Book of Etta by Meg Elison. Sequel to the "Book of the Unnamed Midwife", going a couple of generations into the future, where a persistent disease causes most female babies to die at birth, leading to a gender imbalanced world.
I liked this better than its predecessor which had some first novel weaknesses. This volume takes the social implications a step further. Some societies hold women in slavery, in others they form a fragile ruling class; in both they are confined to particular roles.
The plotting is also more interesting, with another appealing protagonist. Well worth reading if you liked the first one, I'll be looking out for the next one when it's out.
What I'm Watching
Saw Lego Batman with the toddler. He quite liked it though I'm not sure he understood what was going on. Has some entertaining jokes and jibes about the non-Lego Batman movies; it continues the theme of spoofing them. I was amazed that they got so many rights: Lord Voldemort, the Daleks, the Eye of Sauron
Another release crunch, had to work from early in the morning till late at night for a few days. In theory it's all closed now, in practice things seem to keep coming back.
Weight loss is going well. Suspiciously well according to the scales, I think either the first or the last reading might be wrong as 10 pounds in four weeks is faster than I've ever managed before. Doing it a different way: having a normal breakfast and lunch to give me some energy in the day, then a very small dinner. It's fast but it's hard work: I'm a lot hungrier than when I have more filling carbs. Was especially hard to stick to when working very long days.
Another week and I should be at my original goal which is the top end of my old healthy range. Will probably keep going for another few days after, then have a week's holiday planned where I'll have to try not to put it all back on.
Still don't have much time to read which is depressing: taking an age to get through any book and there's a lot of stuff I'd like to get down to.
Politics. A conservative Republican supports single-payer (very reluctantly), because there is no real alternative. Bannon & Kushner Want to Outsource Afghanistan to Mercenaries. Capitalism's fat cats and Brexit. Stop being distracted by "stop being distracted". My Fellow Plutocrats: You Can Cure Trumpism.
Articles. Cute-written but somewhat horrific acount of a nude sauna in London. When You Could Catch The Underground To See A Hanging. Renaissance carving knives with music on blades. Vietnam's South Korean ghosts. When the Beatles wrote for the Rolling Stones.
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