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Tsundoku

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Joined 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Author, Voracious Reader, Crocheter of many things, Very Autistic

(Pronouns: they / them) Mainly reads: Young Adult (contemporary, sci-fi or fantasy), Japanese Literature, Romance, and Fantasy / Sci-fi for adults

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The inheritance trilogy (2014)
4 star

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under …

N. K. Jemisin is a genius, but I think you already knew that

4 star

The worldbuilding in this is so lush, and the voices so great. Sieh was obviously my favorite character (Because Sieh is the best) though it's not like there was any narrator I particularly disliked.

There were certain parts I could tell Jemisin just loved writing, I don't know how to put it. Like, the narration in the Shrill novella, while I bet it was difficult to write, I sort of felt like she had a good time?

While I think I would recommend starting Jemisin through her short stories instead of a 1700 monolith, you do you. This is great.

Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel (2019)
5 star

"Fanfiction-like" and I mean that in a good way

5 star

You may not know this about me, but one of my favorite activities is to look on Ao3 for cursed fanfiction to show people. I often go to RPF, not because I have anything against it, but because real people already inspire revulsion, so if I can find, say erotic Ben Shapiro fic, I've hit "gold" so to speak.

I've read some Political Real Person Fic (usually the ones starring Margaret Thatcher, because as a USian, that inspires less revulsion than looking at a Reagan fanfic) and sometimes just prompts to see what people like writing about.

I would be VERY surprised if Casey McQuiston has not written Political-RPF, because this very much reads like a Politics RPF with fictional characters (OCs if you will).

It hits all the right notes, it's heartwarming, but, unlike what you may expect about a Royal Romance, it is very honest about how fucked …

Black Skin, White Masks (Paperback, 2020, Penguin Books, Limited)
4 star

Few modern voices have had as profound an impact as Frantz Fanon. A major influence …

Clearly important to read, but a bit high level?

4 star

I want to be clear: I do not regret reading this book.

But it is a very high-level read. I probably should have found some introductory texts to start with instead.

If nothing else, I totally understand why translating this work into English is so hard, because in the original, Fanon is not using just Standard French, but English and a Creole (I do not know which one, it did not make it clear), as well as the German terminology of past theory.

All things considered, while you should read it in French if you have good enough French, I at least respect the efforts the translator went to.

I should read some more theory / antiracist work and reread this in a year or two. Maybe my rating will change.