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Reading: When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time by Michael Benton. This was recommended as part of The Primeval Writer's Bookshelf on [livejournal.com profile] primeval_denial. I'm only two chapters in so at the moment it's mostly doing a quick history of paleontology.

Listening: I listened to an episode of Doctor Who: The Writer's Room which I discovered via The Doctor Who bookclub. The idea is to look at the writing on Doctor Who. This particular episode was on Terry Nation and was focusing on his two non-Dalek stories. Although the writing was discussed it was a lot closer to a more generic episode discussion than I expected. Still, I've downloaded the next and we shall see.

Watching: We watched Persuasion last night on the grounds it was Valentine's Day. I had forgotten (or not noticed) how often this story involves two characters involved in some interaction which is causing other characters to map the outcome onto their own thoughts about their own affairs. This made the experience a little exhausting since G. kept needing all the nuances explained to her.

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Date: 2017-02-16 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deinonychus-1.livejournal.com
Ooh, I've read that book. I seem to remember I rather enjoyed it. Hope you do as well.

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Date: 2017-02-17 08:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] louisedennis.livejournal.com
It's proving very readable so far. I often make slow progress on non-fiction books since I read before bed and the generally denser prose makes a tired brain tireder, but this one is proving nice and easy to follow.

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