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Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing: The Mushroom at the End of the World (2015) 4 stars

What a rare mushroom can teach us about sustaining life on a fragile planet

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There Must Be Something I'm Not Getting

3 stars

Because of how much I see this book praised in lefty circles, I thought I would love it when I checked it out from the library. But as the title says, there must be something that I'm not getting about this book, because it really didn't click with me. Of course the mushroom imagery and contemplation on living a life in the ruins of capitalism were exquisite, but there were a few niggling things that bothered me. Firstly, I was not too convinced by the author's claim of "We can learn to live in the ruins of capitalism if we follow the example of people who either are or are descended from people who fought explicitly to uphold capitalism and imperial exploitation of their own countries, and people who claim what they're doing is capitalism in its purest form!" Undoubtedly, these people are living a pericapitalist existence to borrow the …

finished reading The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (The Poppy War, #1)

R. F. Kuang: The Poppy War (Hardcover, 2018, Harper Voyager) 4 stars

A brilliantly imaginative talent makes her exciting debut with this epic historical military fantasy, inspired …

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Annalee Newitz: The Terraformers (Hardcover, 2023, Tor Books) 4 stars

From science fiction visionary Annalee Newitz comes The Terraformers, a sweeping, uplifting, and illuminating exploration …

Didn't finish this one before the library due date. I'm not really sure why it didn't grab me. It has all the things that I like, but I didn't feel like any of them came together in the right ways. I might try it another time when it's back in stock at the library and see how my feelings have evolved.