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John Boswell: Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality (Paperback, 2004) 4 stars

John Boswell's National Book Award-winning study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the …

Briefly put, the thesis of this trend in scholarship is that Lot was violating the custom of Sodom (where he was himself not a citizen but only a "sojourner") by entertaining unknown guests within the city walls at night without obtaining the permission of the elders of the city. When the men of Sodom gathered around to demand that the strangers be brought out to them, "that they might know them," they meant no more than to "know" who they were, and the city was consequently destroyed not for sexual immorality but for the sin of inhospitality to strangers.

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@j6m8 there weren't any big differences in how I felt reading it, although I'm a much more critical reader on a second time through (with any book) so I feel the negatives a bit more acutely. I do think I followed the details of the plot better, which was enjoyable

Ann Leckie: Ancillary Mercy (Paperback, 2015, Orbit) 4 stars

For just a moment, things seem to be under control for the soldier known as …

I didn’t think this book was as strong as the start of the series; it got a little… whimsical? and some of the character dynamics didn’t make a ton of sense to me, but I still was very happy to revisit this

Harold McGee: Nose Dive (2020, Hodder & Stoughton) No rating

The ultimate guide to the smells of the universe – the ambrosial to the malodorous, …

We usually describe the smell [of blood] as "metallic" because it's similar to the smell left on our fingers when we handle coins, or in the air when we scrub a bare metal pan or sink. ... Our hominid ancestors would have known that molecule [epoxy decenal] and smell long before they paid much attention to rocks and ores, so for much of our prehistory, they may well have experienced metals as bloody-smelling.

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Vajra Chandrasekera: The Saint of Bright Doors (Hardcover, 2023, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

Fetter was raised to kill, honed as a knife to cut down his sainted father. …

“You have to be careful in the city,” she says. “They have laws against sodomy.” “If they do, they don’t enforce them,” Fetter says. “I see a lot of people together—“ “That’s not how laws work, son,” she says. “A visible law is a ploy, a little play. A mummery in waiting, waiting for you to become interesting. Never give them a reason to care who you are.”

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