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Sally Strange

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Interests: climate, science, sci-fi, fantasy, LGBTQIA+, history, anarchism, anti-racism, labor politics

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Adam Hochschild, Adam Hochschild: King Leopold’s Ghost (EBook, 2020, HMH Books) 5 stars

In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of …

Review of 'King Leopold’s Ghost' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

An engaging, captivating, necessary story about the ravages of colonialism under the Belgian King. Hochschild ties together numerous angles from the key players in the story, with evidence spanning over a century and including how this story impacts the global south today. Reading this book should give you a righteous anger to demand more to ensure the rights of your global neighbors cease being destroyed, and that reparations--true, substantive reparations--are paid for the theft endured by the Congolese, even up to this day.

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Adam Hochschild, Adam Hochschild: King Leopold’s Ghost (EBook, 2020, HMH Books) 5 stars

In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of …

Still a must-read, 20 years later

4 stars

When King Leopold’s Ghost was published two decades ago, its only briefly blipped on my radar, leaving me with the vague impression that of the hells European colonisation created in Africa, Léopold’s (and subsequently Belgium’s) Congo was located in the deepest circles. Historical colonialism, however, beyond being bad on principle, was not an issue the liberal German Left was worried about at the end of the 20th century – in part because sympathy for the post colonial struggle was de rigueur, in part out of the entirely unfounded feeling that we Germans got out of that particular pickle just in time.

Fast forward 20 years, and Germany is beginning to acknowledge its colonial past, leaving no way to dismiss the story of the colonial Congo as some other nation’s problem. Colonialism, it turns out, was hellish everywhere, with the German colonies no exception (the chicotte, the rhino hide …

Adam Hochschild, Adam Hochschild: King Leopold’s Ghost (EBook, 2020, HMH Books) 5 stars

In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of …

Intro and prologue are excellent. One of the many history books that follows the trope of introducing the subject matter by way of telling the story of how the author came across it, but when part of this story involves the author overhearing a CIA agent boasting about the CIA's assassination of Patrice Lumumba mere months after it happened, I don't mind at all.

reviewed The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey (Rampart Trilogy, #1)

M. R. Carey: The Book of Koli (Paperback, Orbit) 4 stars

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognizable world. A …

A near-perfect entry in the genre of young adults finding themselves in a post-ecopocalypse

5 stars

M. R. Carey imagines a distant future resulting from humans' attempts at genetically engineering trees to grow faster in order to cope with global warming and environmental degradation: the trees get the taste for blood. They learn to hunt and trap both animals and humans. The forests become dangerous places where humans can only venture on cloudy days when the trees move more slowly.

This is the world of Koli. A world where people almost never leave the village in which they are born, and where occasional remnants of the technological wonders built centuries past can confer amazing power on the holder of the "tech", as they call it. Koli is just a boy in love at the beginning of the story, a foolish boy who is well-intentioned but also rather selfish at times. His virtues are that he truly does not wish to cause anyone harm. That's kind of …

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Nnedi Okorafor, Délé Ogundiran: Noor (AudiobookFormat, 2021, Tantor Audio) 4 stars

Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for …

I really like this book. However I'm having a slight problem: it's so dreamlike that it puts me into a trance, or a daze--something like that. Since I do the majority of my "reading" while driving, this is not optimal.

Eric B. Schultz, Michael J. Tougias: King Philip's war : the history and legacy of America's forgotten conflict No rating

Started this this morning. First comment that caught my interest - this largely forgotten war set the tone for future conflicts between English colonists and Native Americans. Yikes. OK. You have my interest. Also, I am listening to the audiobook but now I kinda want the paper version so I can check out the maps. This war took place over several regions with which I am familiar as a result of having grown up in the northeast.