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Anarchist educator who can be found at where I muse about school and education-related things, and all my links are here. My non-book posts are mostly at, occasionally I hide on, or you can email me at [they/them]

I was a secondary literature and humanities teacher who has swapped to being a tutor, so it's best to expect a ridiculously huge range of books.

And yes, I do spend a lot of time making sure book entries are as complete as I can make them. Please send help.

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Batman: Nightwalker (2019, DC Comics) 3 stars

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Marie Lu, this graphic novel adaptation …

Probably one of the better interpretations.

3 stars

I haven't read the novel, though I might end up doing so later. However, this is a much better interpretation than many of the previous ones that went grim-dark and decided to be entirely right-wing in their interpretations.

It still has issues, like the perpetual annoyance of not knowing what an anarchist is (unless these are ancaps, who... aren't anarchist). The conflation is even more frustrating when the symbol that the Nightwalkers leave behind literally looks like a Bitcoin logo. Honestly, more people need to stop using anarchism, anarchists, and anarchy as bad guys and realise how much propaganda they've ingested.

This version of Bruce is, at least, a character. He has a personality beyond his parents, he has friendships. But he's still what he's always going to be: A billionaire philanthropist who chooses how to save the city.

Equal Rites (Paperback, 1989, Corgi) 4 stars

The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on …

Quite sweet.

4 stars

I always adore stories of this nature, particularly because I love to see the kinds of journeys that take place among the characters and how that develops them.

While I know Esk was meant to be the primary main character, Granny Weatherwax really takes on a whole chunk of the story. She's someone with whom I very much find myself identifying, and it's because of the constant "Well, it's got to happen one way or the other, so we may as well do it" personality she exudes. She's very stubborn but incredibly caring for the people around her, even if it seems otherwise.

Also, she has a thing for old fabric.

The Dawn of Everything (EBook, 2021, Penguin Books) 4 stars

The renowned activist and public intellectual David Graeber teams up with the professor of comparative …

Another slog to get through.

4 stars

This book suffers from two things in terms of its writing and structure. First, there's Graeber's desire to compress as much information into one space as humanly possible, even to the detriment of his own argument and the discussion he wants to push people to have. The second is that it seems, if I'm reading into both authors' writing styles correctly, Wengrow's desire to flesh out those concepts with more detail to further support them. (I say that because I've checked a few of his articles, and he has a tendency to develop even more focused detail than Graeber.)

I could be wrong about who was doing what, but regardless? The end result is a book that is a slog to get through and frequently leaves me forgetting half of what I've read, going back to skim it and remind myself about what they were discussing, and then trying to …

Toxic Positivity (2022, Penguin Publishing Group) 2 stars

A bit too pop psych.

2 stars

For a book that is touted as a "powerful guide," it's written in the same fluffy self-help style of other books it's likely to be surrounded by. It's not awful, but it's just painfully obvious.

Which, I guess if that's what you need someone to recognise with regards to toxic positivity, it's fine. But for someone who is already very much in agreement with the harms of toxic positivity and has seen and experienced the ways in which it impacts your own marginalised identities? It's like having someone telling you things you already know.

There's not a lot of information; it is definitely more focused on reflections of different elements of toxic positivity. I was expecting it to be one part guide book and one part history (or at least some obvious integration of studies). Though there are notes with references at the back, it's also not clear while reading …