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loppear

loppear@bookwyrm.social

Joined 3 years, 1 month ago

Reading for fun, threads over the years of scifi, history, social movements and justice, farming, philosophy. I actively work to balance out the white male default in what I read, but have a long way to go.

He/they for the praxis.

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2024 Reading Goal

15% complete! loppear has read 14 of 90 books.

Kritika Rao: Surviving Sky (2023, DAW) 2 stars

High above a jungle-planet float the last refuges of humanity—plant-made civilizations held together by tradition, …

unrewarding

2 stars

Potentially fascinating Hindu-inspired (?) world building of magic vs technology and struggles of commitment, betrayal, and hierarchy. A slog, where the detailing of the world and revisions to our characters understanding of it stands in for plot.

Emily Skrutskie: Salvation Gambit (2023, Random House Worlds) 3 stars

pretty sure I liked the wrong ones

3 stars

Women-led jailbreak in space with swords in an unsettling but not deeply convincing AI-run prison ship. Ultimately I failed to like or believe enough of the dysfunction and misdirection in the character's relationships to enjoy what is mostly a fast-paced light fantasy.

Philippe Ariès: Centuries of childhood (1962, Vintage Books) 4 stars

a friend said it best, this was filled with wtf moments

3 stars

Curious in-depth examination of childhood depicted in art and writing from the middle ages through early modern focused on France and England, a necessary but ultimately bizarre citation for any claim of change in family or schooling over shorter recent periods in its cataloging of moralistic and class-driven changes in views on protecting innocence and justifying corporal punishment etc.

María Puig de la Bellacasa: Matters of Care (2017, University of Minnesota Press) 5 stars

In this spirit, the critical inquiry into human-soil relations of care presented in this chapter is not so much driven to debunk the productionist subjection of soils but by an aspiration to engage speculatively with imperceptible ten- dencies that could be troubling and reworking these dominant relations from within by transforming everyday soil care

Matters of Care by  (Page 170)

replied to Sam's status

@sam@books.theunseen.city not quite sure, it's been on my list for a year or two, I thought from a rec here, a few other folks on here read it in the last month to prompt me, and a few friends read it when republished in 2014 per GR. But I don't quite know, as folk tend to say, "I don't want to give anything away" around it. Enjoyable so far.

Bethany Jacobs: These Burning Stars (2023, Orbit) 4 stars

Jun Ironway—hacker, con artist, and occasional thief—has gotten her hands on a piece of contraband …

impressive craft

4 stars

Starts off in a stock fantasy of clerics and assassins, and clearly riffing on some familiar themes of space classics, but as this thriller's clever use of flashback and recall keeps weaving a strong set of character relationships and loyalties in unflinching intrigue, the wide-ranging story pulls off a lot of sharp turns without losing the individual threads. I'll likely read the next one, and thankful it's not just left as a part two.

Kristina R. Gaddy, Rhiannon Giddens: Well of Souls (Hardcover, 2022, W. W. Norton & Company) 3 stars

juxtaposes conditions of slavery to music and dance's jubilee

3 stars

A curious history through dramatizing a series of primary sources in paintings, dioramas, and travelogues depicting the banjo at a uniquely African-Caribbean intersection of slavery, music, worship and celebration, and adaptation. As some of the threads are light echoes, I wish there was a bit more sense of engaging with other supporting or supplanted accounts of the instrument's background.