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finished reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (Earthseed, #1)

Octavia E. Butler: Parable of the Sower (Paperback, 2000, Warner Books) 4 stars

In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful …

I have read enough Butler to recognise her style by now and though it is brilliant and terrifying it’s a bit too cynical to be a fun read. I think the vision presented in this book is right on the money on the politics and economics but universalises a too dark view of humanity.

Or maybe I’m wrong and I’ll just be eaten by the cannibal drug gangs when the collapse picks up a bit more speed.

Charlie Jane Anders: Victories Greater Than Death (Hardcover, 2021, Tor Teen) 3 stars

“Just please, remember what I told you. Run. Don’t stop running for anything.”

Tina never …

One of the best YA novels I have read

4 stars

It’s a fun, swashbuckling space adventure with lots of queer under/over/just tones. It makes sense. Well, like most sci-fi it makes absolutely no sense at all, but at least the author has clearly worked to make it feel internally consistent in precisely the way that YA fiction in particular seldom does.

reviewed Beneath The Rising by Premee Mohamed (Beneath the Rising, #1)

Premee Mohamed: Beneath The Rising (Paperback, 2020, Solaris) 4 stars


Nick Prasad has always enjoyed a quiet life in the shadow …

Review of 'Beneath The Rising' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

This book feels like a YA novel in that it touches on a lot of YA topics; the untrustworthiness of adults and the adult world, of childhood friendships and of growing up, etc. And also of evil, both cosmic Lovecraftian evil and much smaller sized evil in a way that feels mature and also fresh.

It’s also a fun, fast-paced read with great world building.

Casey McQuiston: Red, White & Royal Blue (Paperback, 2019, St. Martin's Griffin) 4 stars

What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When …

Review of 'Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel' on 'GoodReads'

2 stars

This book was written by someone who thinks alcoholism is a fun pastime and useful literary device to induce spontaneity, who has to insert a pop culture reference in every second sentence, and who seriously believes that politics is about having a the best binder with voter demographics. The politics of this book is the most smug post-political liberal brain worm bullshit I have read and the plot isn’t even that good to compensate, to the extent that it exists at all. If this is an escapist fantasy it’s an escape out of the frying pan and into the fire of bleak capitalist realism.

2 stars for cute Henry and good writing around Complicated International Relationships. I only cried once.