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Masha du Toit
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Draw, write, read, write, draw!
Draw, write, read, write, draw!

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Hey there! Welcome to my G+ home :)  
If you are looking for information on my books, you can find that here: http://masha.co.za/ 
Or if you prefer, you can go directly to Amazon: 
http://www.amazon.com/Masha-du-Toit/e/B005CQ8IJ2/
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I wish I'd had this book when I was a teenager! It's the perfect book for the person I was then, hungry for knowledge and obsessed with nature (especially the ocean). I would have spent hours reading and rereading it, mesmerised by the beautiful images and absorbing the wealth of knowledge it shares. Not that this book is only suited for teenagers - but I think it's one that bridges space between people like me, amateurs, interested in natural science because they are love the beauty and complexity of the natural world, and those who need a bit of a deeper, more thorough, specific text.

Living Shores covers the entire system of marine life in Southern Africa - not just all the different environments one expects to see covered in a book like this (estuaries, kelp forests, coral reefs etc) but also many chapters on what they call "the human factor", the way that we humans fit into that environment, for example our reliance on fishing, the effect we've had through introducing alien species and pollution. And if you're now thinking "Oh dear. That sounds depressing", that's not the case. Yes, it's a hard look at the problems we face, but it's ultimately a deeply positive, hopeful "can do" book.

It's odd reviewing it when I've not finished reading it, but this is one of those books you never really finish reading. I know I'll keep going back to it again and again to refresh my knowledge and marvel at knew information.

The perfect gift for anyone who cares about nature and loves learning new things.
Living Shores
Living Shores
goodreads.com
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Mountain Gorilla numbers are rising. From being on the brink of extinction, (242 in 1981) there are now more than a thousand of them, and their numbers are slowly increasing.
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In my time zone, it's already time for the launch of "A Star in the Void"
And you can already get "Derelict", the first book in the series for free. This is for you, if you are looking for science fiction with a human touch :) warm, hopeful, about people and friendship as well as about interesting technology and ideas.
While the official publication date of A STAR IN THE VOID isn't until Thursday, June 14th, It's available now as a pre-order and at a special price - just $2.99 until release day - tomorrow!

Did you say you hadn't read any of the series yet, so buying book 5 doesn't make any sense? Well, you can pick up the 1st book (DERELICT) for a sweet $0.99.

If you buy all 5 ebooks now, that's $18.95 (nearly 25% off) for half a million words of story! Regular price for the whole series is $24.95.

Available wherever ebooks are sold.
Links to each book here: http://www.ljcohen.net
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Am reading "The Trees" by Ali Shaw. Such a relief after the previous awful shall not be named book I felt obliged to finish. +dava stewart recommended it. So far, so good, thanks Dava :)
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My current writing inspiration. I thought +Rick Wayne might like these...
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This is AWESOME it reminds me so much of living in Durban.
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My sister-in-law made me a thing :) It's a sort of poncho-thing, I've forgotten what it's called. And today it was cold enough for me to wear it. Although now that I look at this picture, I don't think I was supposed to wear it WITH a scarf.
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What are some of your favourite podcasts?
I recently discovered Kermode and Mayo's film review - l love listening to them chatting. Two people who've known one another for ages chatting about a subject they care about...just what I need.

Some of my other favourites: The Allusionist, Reply All, 99% Invisible, Criminal, Lexicon Valley, Imaginary Worlds, West Wing Weekly...

I prefer friendly rather than snarky, when it comes to podcasts. Any suggestions?
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My conversation with the Telkom online "help" chat service.

Me: Hi, I want to find out about x LTE package, I have some questions :)

Online help person: You can phone the sales people at 1023

Me: ?

Me: Can't I ask you the question?

Online help person: I can only tell you what you can already see on our website.

Me: So you can't tell me what [x] means?

Online help person: No. Phone our sales people. They can help you.

Me: ....?

Online help person: Is there anything else I can help you with?

What exactly is the point of this service? Does this person spend her day going "Hi! Sorry I can't help you. Look at our website or phone us!"

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