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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

42% complete! loppear has read 38 of 90 books.

Lily Brooks-Dalton: The Light Pirate (Hardcover, 2022, Grand Central Publishing) 4 stars

Florida is slipping away. As devastating weather patterns and rising sea levels gradually wreak havoc …

climate and hubris and mortality

5 stars

Stunning, a climate apocalypse grounded in our current reality, that powerfully conveys a violent experience of living through a lifetime's decline in an intensely personal and local story - no boom-post-apocalypse, yet so many sharp inflections of loss and choosing between things you thought wouldn't matter til after you were gone away. It would be bizarre to call this a hopeful novel, but the undercurrent grows towards acceptance and dependence in the face of uncertainty, and it is beautifully done.

Kaliane Bradley: Ministry of Time (2024, Simon & Schuster) 4 stars

In the near future, a civil servant is offered the salary of her dreams and …

Perhaps a solid out-of-time romance

2 stars

I'd be curious what genre readers enjoy this, as it choppily blends historical fiction, romance, time travel, spy thriller, and reflections on genocide. Only the first two seem a strength here, and they're not my taste, but I would have settled in more easily for a slow burn romance across the last few centuries if the author hadn't kept interrupting me with the rest.

Sara Alfageeh, Nadia Shammas: Squire (Hardcover, 2022, Quill Tree Books) 4 stars

Aiza has always dreamt of becoming a Knight. It's the highest military honor in the …

beautiful and shallow

3 stars

Did not love the individual pursuit of militaristic honor to defeat a singular evil, in a story of systemic imperial injustice. But it is a pretty and in its way empowering YA graphic novel.

Jaroslav Kalfar: Spaceman of Bohemia (2017) 3 stars

"When Jakub Procha is sent into space to examine a cosmic dust cloud covering Venus, …

Czech reaching for the stars

3 stars

What to take seriously? I am always here for spider aliens in space, and for retrospective comparisons of life under communist oppressive distrust and capitalist freewheeling distrust, and maybe for reflections on marital aspirations to common purpose or individual, and a slice of unfamiliar perspective in historical allusion... this was also a mess of a story.

Richard Rothstein, Leah Rothstein: Just Action (2023, Liveright Publishing Corporation) 4 stars

Richard Rothstein's 2017 best-selling book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our …

Act together to counter segregation

4 stars

Most valuable for the vignettes of small movements by individuals reaching out to neighbors, cross-town faith and community groups, city action spurred by organizing to redress and counteract the enumerated and on-going harmful effects of racial segregation.

Cory Doctorow: The Lost Cause (Paperback, 2023, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

It’s thirty years from now. We’re making progress, mitigating climate change, slowly but surely. But …

excellent doctorow on near climate and political violence

3 stars

Doctorow at his strongest, ala Little Brother, didactic and engaging, young characters imagining freedom to work together on new ways to respond to current climate challenges and reactionary repression.