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2023 Reading Goal

8% complete! tgt has read 3 of 36 books.

Parable of the Sower (Paperback, 2018, Headline Publishing Group) 4 stars

"We are coming apart. We're a rope, breaking, a single strand at a time.

America …

Review of 'Parable of the Sower: A powerful tale of a dark and dystopian future' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

I'm not the biggest dystopian fan and find that it's all a bit repetitive. If I'd read this before other similar books I suspect I'd hold it in higher regard. The characterisation, their interactions, and the discussion of how to create a new world certainly elevate it above a book simply about the state of the world and a journey to (relative) safety.

The galaxy, and the ground within (2021) 4 stars

With no water, no air, and no native life, the planet Gora is unremarkable. The …

Review of 'The Galaxy, and the Ground Within' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

Like a warm hug. Sometimes it's nice to read something that isn't filled with major conflict or intrigue. This was the perfect book to read given the world right now.

It was mostly various people being nice to each other and discussing the differences between their cultures, but with enough tension and drama to avoid it being overly sweet. There were a lot of historical details hinted at, but sadly not explored. I'd have liked a little more of the Pei/Speaker conflict, but on the other hand I wouldn't have wanted more of it. More people (me included) need to be like Ouloo and be able to admit when they don't know enough about a situation to weigh in on it. The same is true of each character's handling of the others' difficulties.

The cheese bit was not good.

Whilst I preferred the more subtle treatment in To Be Taught, …