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bookafnd

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i read a lot of science fiction but also a lot of other random stuff. libraries are good. i also like the little free variety of library, used bookstores, & the high seas. he/him

my fake and arbitrary rating system: - 5 stars: good. i recommend it - 4 stars: fine, but not entirely my cup of tea - 3 stars: not good, but with some redeeming qualities that might make it worth reading - 2 stars: bad, with a few redeeming qualities - 1 star: horrible

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The History of White People (2011, W W Norton Company, W. W. Norton & Company) 4 stars

The Civil War offered a huge opening. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants volunteered for military service on both sides. Not surprisingly, the Union Army, about one-fourth of whose personnel came from abroad, benefited from immigrant support more than the Confederacy. [...] Confederates looked askance at the Union's polyglot ranks, and for decades afterwards Civil War Decoration Day holidays offered embittered former Confederates occasions to characterize their side as "American" and to impugn the Union Army as "made up largely of foreigners and blacks fighting for pay."

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The electric state (Hardcover, 2018, Skybound Books) 5 stars

In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her small yellow toy robot travel west through …

disturbing, and atmospheric

5 stars

it's a book about a road trip whose point isn't clear until the end. along the way there are many strange retrofuturistic horrors—beautifully illustrated

The History of White People (2011, W W Norton Company, W. W. Norton & Company) 4 stars

Each defined the concept of "races" in order to answer his particular needs. [Arthur de] Gobineau was an antidemocratic reactionary explaining political revolution by pitting the Aryan race against other, inferior, white-skinned races; [Josiah] Nott, a slaveholding reactionary railing against abolitionists, saw a white race pitted against a black one. Race as color occupied Nott's center stage, while Gobineau kept his eye on Celts, Slavs, and Aryans.

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The History of White People (2011, W W Norton Company, W. W. Norton & Company) 4 stars

[Samuel George] Morton owned a lot of skulls. At his death in 1851, his collection comprised 918 human skulls (51 more were still in transit), 278 crania of other mammals, 271 of birds, and 88 of reptiles and fish

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i had to take a break from reading here for like 5 minutes because i was stuck on the idea of a person who owns nearly a thousand human skulls. what a creep

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The electric state (Hardcover, 2018, Skybound Books) 5 stars

In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her small yellow toy robot travel west through …

all the SENTRE advertisements show someone wearing a big goofy VR helmet; but nobody thinks that wearing a VR helmet makes them look cool; real-life VR advertisements focus on what you see while you're wearing the helmet, not what you look like while wearing one

Metamorphosis and Other Stories (2008, Penguin Classics) 4 stars

This collection of new translations brings together the small proportion of Kafka's works that he …

good collection of kafka's work

4 stars

kafka's storytelling is a bit inscrutable to me. it's realistic in the sense that things just happen for a while without there being an apparent point or conclusion, but also of course it frequently contains fantastical elements. still I enjoyed reading it if only for the writing—which was effective at eliciting emotion, if not conveying it—and not for the social mores.

some of the stories I enjoyed most were "The Men Running Past", "In The Penal Colony", & "A Report to an Academy"