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Agenderfluid mess. Likes SF, fantasy, and queer literature.

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2022 Reading Goal

40% complete! Amber Age has read 6 of 15 books.

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The Transgender Issue (2021, Allen Lane) 4 stars

Review of 'The Transgender Issue' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Here we have another case of "great content, flawed execution".

First things first: this book is great. Shon Faye is right about 99.9% the things she says, and there are no two pages in this book where I didn't underline at least one sentence of the "louder for the people in the back" variety. She accurately details a huge number of problems trans people are faced with today, in general and in Britain in particular; she describes the various ways transphobia can express itself, highlights the crucial intersections between the liberations of trans, disabled, and BAME/BIPoC people, and all the ways in which trans people's liberation is inseparably connected with the struggle of the working class for freedom. She debunks several transphobic myths, dissects the media-driven moral panic about us, describes in detail the unholy alliance between reactionary "feminists" and American neo-nazis, and envisions a better world in which workers' …

Kurze Antworten auf große Fragen (German language, 2018) 3 stars

Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a popular science book written by physicist Stephen …

Review of 'Kurze Antworten auf große Fragen' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

The title promises "brief answers", and the (German) blurb claims said answers are "accessible and clear". Unfortunately, the answer are neither brief nor accessible.

The book is a compilation of texts from Hawking, begun during his lifetime and finished posthumously. The patchwork nature of the book shows, unfortunately, as several thoughts or explanations (such as about the dangers of artificial intelligence or the components of DNA) are repeated multiple times throughout the book. Overall, much of the writing seems incoherent, with sudden, unexpected tangents to different topics. Many times, Hawking's "brief" answers go on for well over 20 or even 30 pages, and I am left thinking that the answer could have been summarised within 10, had it not been for several off-topic passages.

The answers themselves are hardly suitable for the kind of layman the marketing suggests they were written for. Complex theories and concepts are presented with little …

The Demigod Diaries 4 stars

The Demigod Diaries is a collection of short stories relating to The Heroes of Olympus …

Review of 'The Demigod Diaries' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Rick Riordan's second short story collection disappoints as much as the first. Among the almost 240 pages, about a third are filled with puzzles, games, and cringeworthy "behind the scenes" content clearly aimed at the younger portion of his audience; already a teenager (which there are plenty of among Percy Jackson's fans) would be bored to tears. What remains are three short stories: The Diary of Luke Castellan, The Staff of Hermes, and The Son of Magic, the latter having been written by Riordan's son Haley.

The quality of the shorts varies quite a bit. While Luke's diary entry is somewhat solemn in tone and gives an interesting insight into the character of Luke, The Staff of Hermes is the sort of brainless comedy I've come to expect from Riordan's more recent works (already showing during the Heroes of Olympus series, and painfully obvious during the Trials …