‘sea glass’ in Bermuda

I was walking near Fort St. Catherine in Bermuda when I happened upon a swimming pool filled with broken glass.

Apparently people collect fragments of broken glass bottles that have been smoothed naturally in the ocean.

Blue Moon by Lee Child (2019)

The 24th novel in the Jack Reacher series is good as usual. But like the last book, I found it has too much action. I prefer the older smaller, simpler plots.

Reacher does gets the girl in this one.

Reacher is on a Greyhound bus, minding his own business, with no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there.

Then he steps off the bus to help an old man who is obviously just a victim waiting to happen. But you know what they say about good deeds. Now Reacher wants to make it right.

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Black Mirror – seasons 4 / 5

Black Mirror is a British science fiction anthology television series …

It examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are standalone, usually set in an alternative present or the near future, often with a dark and satirical tone, although some are more experimental and lighter.

Black Mirror was inspired by older anthology series, such as The Twilight Zone, …

Very intense. Some bits of dystopia are hard to watch.

Of the six episodes in series 4, I liked Metalhead best. Truly terrifying. Very unique.

… filmed entirely in black and white, and follows the plight of Bella (Maxine Peake) trying to flee from robotic “dogs” after the unexplained collapse of human society. The dogs were influenced by Boston Dynamics‘ robots such as BigDog.

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A boy and his dog at the end of the world (2019)

This is one excellent book written by Charlie Fletcher.

Dystopian stories take many forms, but it’s a rare dystopian novel that prominently features man’s best friend. Author of the Oversight and Stoneheart trilogies, C.A. Fletcher doesn’t hide the importance of dogs in his latest novel. Aptly titled A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, it follows a young boy named Griz as he goes on a journey to retrieve his stolen pet. …

An event known as The Gelding has devastated the world’s population so much so that only thousands—not billions—of humans survive. …

Despite the bleakness of his surroundings, Griz’s naive curiosity about the world comes off as optimistic and hopeful. …

Review: The indestructible humanity of A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

Born Standing Up – Steve Martin

With friends in Idaho, in 2018 I saw Martin Short and Steve Martin LIVE in An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.

It was hilarious.

That was Steve’s return to stand-up after decades.

Steve is age-74 now. Everyone of my generation loved his comedy. Indeed, I thought he was an overnight success — like Robin Williams.

Not so as I learned in his 2007 memoir Born Standing Up. Steve Martin paid his dues. He had many, many very hard years breaking into the business.

It chronicles his early life, his days working for Disneyland, working at low tier coffee shops and clubs as a comedy act … and the reason why he quit stand-up comedy altogether at the height of his fame in 1981. …

The audiobook is read by Steve. I recommend it.

Have you heard of HORROR writer Karin Slaughter?

Karin Slaughter is an American crime writer. The author of eighteen novels, Slaughter has sold more than 35 million copies of her books, which have been published in 37 languages …

I can’t recommend her 2015 book Pretty Girls unless you can tolerate horrific torture, rape, mutilation and murder.

I can’t.

After two books I’m giving up on Slaughter though she’s an excellent writer admired by Lee Childs, Kathy Reichs, Gillian Flynn and others in the crime genre.