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Review of 'Poverty, by America' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This is more of a pamphlet (180-some pages) than a full-length book. The first half summarizes the situation described in lengthier books, like Evicted (his other one), Scarcity, and Random Family, while the second half is more prescriptive. I wasn't entirely buying the latter part but I appreciated the survey in the first half, and I would recommend further reading on those topics, starting with the above books.

Mohsin Hamid: Last White Man (2022, Diversified Publishing) 3 stars

Review of 'Last White Man' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

While I appreciate the ambition of his what-if scenarios and their imagined social implications, this one felt thinly sketched to me, and the complete absence of religious takes on the phenomenon at the center of the story was a little jarring, considering its miraculous and clearly non-scientific nature.

Ann Leckie: The Raven Tower (EBook, 2019, Orbit) 4 stars

Listen. A god is speaking. My voice echoes through the stone of your master's castle. …

Review of 'The Raven Tower' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I really enjoyed this one, despite my visceral hatred of second-person narration, because Leckie is really good at using omniscient beings as omniscient narrators.

Hernan Diaz: Trust (2022, Penguin Publishing Group) 4 stars

Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard …

Review of 'Trust' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A very ambitious idea that is skillfully executed although I was somewhat underwhelmed by the twist/reveal that comes in the final pages. I most liked the first novel-within-the-novel best of all the sections, so when I read in the reviews that people thought it read like warmed-over Edith Wharton, I realized I had never read her and added The Age of Innocence to my queue.

Documents the contributions of more than ten thousand American women who served as codebreakers during …

Review of 'Code girls' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Hidden figures of cryptography

A very brisk and engaging read, the wholesomeness of which was slightly punctured by the epilogue detailing the careers of the ones who stayed in the field after the war and helped found the NSA.