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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

30% complete! loppear has read 27 of 90 books.

David Hinton: Hunger Mountain (2012, Shambhala) 5 stars

Come along with David Hinton on a series of walks through the wild beauty of …

beautiful philosophical bridge

5 stars

A perfect blend of deep historical translation, East vs West metaphysics and cosmology, mindfulness, poetry, and walks in the woods. Seeing mind as landscape, emptying our mind like "gazing into a flawless mirror of sky", in sincerity our inner thoughts are the same as our outer thoughts.

reviewed A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Etaf Rum: A Woman Is No Man (2019, Harper) 4 stars

This debut novel by an Arab-American voice,takes us inside the lives of conservative Arab women …

Did not enjoy, but that's understandable

3 stars

This was a struggle, the setting and generational story of arranged marriages, domestic violence, and isolated women in strict conservative households is grounded, relevant, and sometimes well delivered. The author stand-in character really irked me in her attempts at advice, and I'm realizing it's regularly difficult for me to read average characters acting confused in the dark about well-foreshadowed violence.

qntm: Fine Structure (2021, Independently Published) 4 stars

several good storylines

3 stars

Vivid and imaginative, crams so much in and not all of it fits but such fun. I originally read this as it was appearing wiki'd on e2, and many years later it reads much more like comic book superheroes than hard mysterious sci-fi, and that's perfectly enjoyable.

reviewed Orbital by Samantha Harvey

Samantha Harvey: Orbital (EBook, Grove Atlantic) 5 stars

A singular new novel from Betty Trask Prize–winner Samantha Harvey, Orbital is an eloquent meditation …

my bookclub did not like this

5 stars

Look, this is not-a-novel and is not-sci-fi, unless we freeze and shatter those definitions - but I would read more fictive-philosophical-observational whatever this was on most any subject. There's no plot, there's hardly movement as we do just what it says at the top, circle the earth 16 times in a single day aboard the space station. Instead, we dive deeply into the human experience of Earth, family and civilization and war and politics and futures, and separation and disorientation from it all.