For Christmas, I was given several books. I have just finished the first of them. Before you become impressed, know that it was a children's book. The People of Sparks is an adorable book about a community of people that has been living underground for generations restarting on a vast and empty earth after some mysterious great disaster that almost wiped out humankind. This is the sequel to The City of Ember, which I think I enjoyed even more.
As always, children's books are full lessons that ought to shape our malleable personalities and from this book I learned that it is best to give people the benefit of the doubt AND one shouldn't be led by other people's moral compasses AND that friendship is precious.
In other news: The US AirForce has made itself useful by dropping a much needed engine part down to a British stuck-frozen fishing ship in the Antarctic; low-energy lightbulbs contain small amounts of mercury, which could be dangerous; Britney Spears is back all over the news putting Lindsay Lohan at number two for ridiculous attention getting activities; and the Chicago Tribune published an excellent article on Sarkozy that really gives you a feel for the lives of the upper echelons of society.