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Adventures of Rusty & Ginger Fox by Tim Ostermeyer
Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Lisa Martin
Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Daylight Moonlight by Matt Patterson
Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend by Victoria Laurie
The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
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Gringa in a Strange Land by Linda Dahl
I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story by Pete Nelson
Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Naomi and the Horse-Flavored T-Shirt by Dan Boehl
Nicking Time by T. Traynor
Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey
Rifka Takes a Bow by Rebecca Rosenberg Perlov
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
So Thick the Fog by Catherine Pomeroy Stewart
Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Happy Place: Living the Good Life in America by Bentz Plagemann
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick
A Timely Vision by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Tourmaline by Joanna Scott
Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan
What Color Is My World? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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The Drowned World: 10/12/13

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The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard is a speculative fiction piece about global warming. Here, the warming has come from fluxuations in solar flare activity, but given modern understanding of greenhouse gasses, one could easily imagine a different cause.

The main character is one of a group of scientists exploring the remains of large cities for survivors and to survey the changing ecosystems. The main character is old enough to have lived through the rising waters and he can recognizing the places he visits even through the high waters and numerous tropical vines.

I read The Drowned World on the heals of On the Beach by Nevil Shute (review coming). While that one is about the death of humanity from nuclear fallout, there is still a thematic kinship. Both show people in the remains of well-known cities as life winds down. Here, though, these urban centers are ghost towns from the rising waters and people fleeing to high ground, and cooler climes. Those who stay behind are the stubborn outliers, the opportunists who see something in the ruins and jungles that the average person doesn't.

On it's 50th anniversary, the book has been optioned for filming by the same company who did the Harry Potter films. Though the characterization is rather lacking, there are some very strong visuals — the encroaching gardens, the large insects, the drowned streets with leaning peeks of skyscrapers rising above the murky water. I suspect the film will keep the visuals and turn the rather quiet plot into something with lots of running and lots of giant insect monsters jumping out of the ruins.

Three stars

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