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Excellent look at how insidious systemic racism is

5 stars

A mix of personal stories about and strategies to combat the racist tendencies white women are trained to have by our culture. The two white women who wrote this are not afraid to share stories of their own failings and examine where they came from. They also have a sensible, if challenging, path to recognizing and working to overcome those tendencies.

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? (2019, Saga Press) 4 stars

Have you ever hoped you could leave everything behind?

Have you ever dreamt of a …

Review of 'Do You Dream of Terra-Two?' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Good. Got a bit tedious with me. Teenage angst and depression. But the interesting setting for a book that's really all about mental health and much less about that time.

Termination Shock (Hardcover, 2021, William Morrow) 4 stars

Termination Shock takes readers on a thrilling, chilling visit to our not-too-distant future – a …

Review of 'Termination Shock' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Best book I've read by Stephenson in awhile. Like since Diamond Age. His early books were actual techno thrillers. As he's gotten older he seems to have settled into writing books that include a LOT more description than is absolutely necessary. This is one of those. However, for me, this one isn't as deadly as Seveneves which I gave up on. (That book's premise made it sound as if I'd love it but the pace was deadly.)

This book is set just far enough in the future that we are not there yet, but it's pretty clear that we will be. If not in the specific details, the general idea is spot on.

The characters are solid and interesting. I wanted to read about them which is what made the excess of description ok. That said, if I hadn't been stuck at home with Covid right as I started this, …