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Currently interested in indigenous perspectives, queer perspectives, sci-fi (who would have known?), economics and gardening (forest gardens particularly), sprinkled with comics [he/him]

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Llaverac's books

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Le burn out (Hardcover, French language, 2019, Le Lombard) 3 stars

Pourquoi, alors que nous pensions que le travail était devenu bien moins pénible qu'aux siècles …

Chacun doit désormais veiller en permanence à faire l'usage de lui-même le plus efficace, le plus rentable, quelles que soient les situations de travail de plus en plus incertaines et fluctuantes, en s'infligeant la philosophie d'économie systématique des temps et des coûts.

Le burn out by , (48%)

Assez mitigé sur cet ouvrage. D'un côté, le récit remet bien en perspective l'évolution des pratiques managériales ces dernières décennies et comment on a pu en arriver à des situations comme celles pointées du doigt par la citation ci-dessus (dans laquelle je me retrouve totalement). J'ai également apprécié la critique de la recherche du bien-être au travail, spécifiquement de la façon dont on peut se préoccuper des employés côté personnel, mais sans pour autant apporter de solutions côté professionnel. Exemple : ça me fait une belle jambe qu'on fasse un escape game tous ensemble si l'organisation du travail me mine parce qu'elle n'a pas de sens et qu'elle, on n'y touche pas.

Le pire c'est que les salariés n'y comprennent plus rien... Que leur arrive-t-il puisqu'on s'occupe bien d'eux ? Pourquoi sont-ils quand même si malheureux ? (81 %)

D'un autre, je trouve que le propos pêche par excès …

Ramen Wolf and Curry Tiger Vol. 2 (Paperback, 2023, Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC) No rating

Jiro, the "Ramen Wolf," is devoted to his appetite. Seeing how happily he eats his …

It's not the best manga ever: the pacing could be better for instance, and the way some chapters end feels wonky. I like it a lot anyway, because the art looks great, the titular ramen wolf is really cute and I love how INTENSE he is about the things he love (i.e. ramen). And I appreciate how earnest the story is, which makes me forget that the storytelling could be better.

All Systems Red (EBook, 2017, 4 stars

"As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, …

I thought I would like it more, given its reputation? (I'd give it a: ★★★☆☆)

To be fair, it's not every day that you read a story about a murderbot with a dry sense of humor and whose aim is to half-ass its job as much as possible to watch serials in peace (but who gets attached to its human clients more than it thought it would). Maybe it just hit different after having being exposed to the concept of "quiet quitting" many many many times on social media.

Silver in the Wood (Paperback, 2019, Tom Doherty Associates) 4 stars

There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he …

At the end of the free sample I thought that the setting was great but I sometimes had a hard time finding the behavior of the characters credible.

I finally read the whole thing for the aforementioned setting and my opinion stayed the same: I would read more stories about enchanted forests and faes, but it would be nice if I wasn't often wondering "why on Earth does he behave like that? that makes no sense??"

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (Paperback, 2020, Tor) 4 stars

With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period …

I had a hard time really getting into the story: during the first half I was mostly pushing through, telling myself that it was only ~100 pages long and that, at least, it would be over soon.

BUT there's a very subtle story that unfolds slowly, and that gets very satisfying at the end. I was glad I didn't drop the book and will read the next one in the series!

There Are No Secrets (Paperback, 1993, North Atlantic Books) 4 stars

"Wolfe Lowenthal's quiet little memoir will with window-opening wisdom reinforce, I think, my view of …

Still deep into my Qigong / Taiji hyperfixation.

This one was easy to read, with some dated/questionable advice, but we're talking about a book published in the 90's, about a guy who was the author's taiji teacher in the 60-70's.

There were also some metaphors that I really liked, e.g. the passages about the cat-like alertness: being relaxed, but not slumped, and alert at the same time.