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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

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, …


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 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.