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The election campaign is happening in Australia and at this point we are witnessing the death of the Liberal Party and the genesis of the Turnbull Party. Wake me up when its over. (Fingers crossed.) Someone on Twitter directed me to the inimitable Paul Keating commenting with his usual scarifying sagacity on Australian politics. "Pre-Copernican obscurantism." Damn that makes me quiver. I found the Hawke tele-movie frankly execrable by the way.
I read Pompeii by Robert Harris. Doubtless it is a startling work of fictionalised historical vulcanology, but that must be considered quite a discrete genre and I can not see myself dipping into again. (Vulcan - origin of vulcanology). Mayhap the quotidian existence of the Romans is of passing interest and the politics of the epoch is where I discover a frisson - although volcanoes don't erupt everyday of course! Temeraire is definitely a fantasy series worth enjoying. Dragons, dragons everywhere and fantastic cover artwork. I finished the first two books in quick succession. Be excited by the fact that Peter Jackson has the film rights.