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dorking around with old books for work and reading new books for fun; you can find me anywhere as wykenhimself; she/her

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26% complete! sarah has read 13 of 50 books.

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sarah commented on Japan in print

thank be for this bookish book club I'm in, otherwise I would never get around to reading all these books about books that I keep meaning to

Japan in print (2006, University of California Press)

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Japan in print by Mary Elizabeth Berry

A quiet revolution in knowledge separated the early modern period in Japan from all previous time. After 1600, self-appointed investigators used the model of the land and cartographic surveys of the newly unified state to observe and order subjects such as agronomy, medicine, gastronomy, commerce, travel, and entertainment. They subsequently circulated their findings through a variety of commercially printed texts: …

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Japan in print (2006, University of California Press)

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Japan in print by Mary Elizabeth Berry

A quiet revolution in knowledge separated the early modern period in Japan from all previous time. After 1600, self-appointed investigators used the model of the land and cartographic surveys of the newly unified state to observe and order subjects such as agronomy, medicine, gastronomy, commerce, travel, and entertainment. They subsequently circulated their findings through a variety of commercially printed texts: …

sarah reviewed Natural Enemies Of Books

fascinating for a narrow audience but the reprints are the best part

4 star

So if you're interested in the 1937 volume Bookmaking on the Distaff Side, this is a fascinating response to it, with reprints from it and two essays about about that book came to be. Bookmaking on the Distaff Side was a "potluck book" (as one of the essayists describes it) that a group of women bookmakers jointly created by …

Natural Enemies Of Books (paperback, 2019, Occasional Papers)

4 star

Natural Enemies Of Books by M. Fanni, M. Flodmark, S. Kaaman

The Natural Enemies of Books is a response to the groundbreaking 1937 publication Bookmaking on the Distaff Side, which brought together contributions by women printers, illustrators, authors, typographers and typesetters. It highlights the print industry’s inequalities and proposes a takeover of the history of the book.

Edited by feminist graphic design collective MMS (Maryam Fanni, Matilda Flodmark and Sara Kaaman), …

sarah replied to sarah's review

Hmmm my review makes it sound like the book makes it a teleological journey that starts in queerness and moves to straightness, but it’s not actually set up like that.

sarah reviewed Duke in Disguise

pure fun

5 star

Bi lead runs her printing house while trying to stay friends with her old lover, protect her radical brother, and discovering straight sex with her old friend who is, of course, actually a long-lost Duke. What’s not to love?

Duke in Disguise (2019, HarperCollins Publishers)

5 star

Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian

One reluctant heir

If anyone else had asked for his help publishing a naughty novel, Ash would have had the sense to say no. But he’s never been able to deny Verity Plum. Now he has his hands full illustrating a book and trying his damnedest not to fall in love with his best friend. The last thing he needs …

sarah commented on Duke in Disguise

Is it a romance featuring a queer woman and some aspect of printing or publishing? I will read it. (This cover, like all romance covers, is hilarious)

Duke in Disguise (2019, HarperCollins Publishers)

5 star

Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian

One reluctant heir

If anyone else had asked for his help publishing a naughty novel, Ash would have had the sense to say no. But he’s never been able to deny Verity Plum. Now he has his hands full illustrating a book and trying his damnedest not to fall in love with his best friend. The last thing he needs …

sarah reviewed The woman in blue

too much Mary cult, not enough archaeology

3 star

Somehow I jumped from #7 to #9 so I went back to #8 because I'm a completist that way, plus the increasingly convoluted and soapy aspects of Ruth's life mean that I needed to catch up on those details. I always like the ones that feature Cathbad, and this had some but not enough. Also not enough archaeology. But, still. …

The woman in blue (2016)

3 star

The woman in blue by Elly Griffiths

"In the next Ruth Galloway mystery, a vision of the Virgin Mary foreshadows a string of cold-blooded murders, revealing a dark current of religious fanaticism in an old medieval town. Known as England's Nazareth, the medieval town of Little Walsingham is famous for religious apparitions. So when Ruth Galloway's druid friend Cathbad sees a woman in a white dress and …

sarah reviewed The chalk pit

Ruth stan

4 star

I love this series and I love Ruth Galloway, and if I were a forensic archaeologist in East Anglia, I’d want to be her. But wow is her personal life getting even more like a soap opera and I could do without that and her worries about her weight.

The chalk pit (2017)

4 star

The chalk pit by Elly Griffiths

"Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one's sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent, a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more, she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation. Meanwhile, DCI …

sarah started reading The chalk pit

The chalk pit (2017)

4 star

The chalk pit by Elly Griffiths

"Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one's sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent, a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more, she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation. Meanwhile, DCI …

sarah started reading Natural Enemies Of Books

Natural Enemies Of Books (paperback, 2019, Occasional Papers)

4 star

Natural Enemies Of Books by M. Fanni, M. Flodmark, S. Kaaman

The Natural Enemies of Books is a response to the groundbreaking 1937 publication Bookmaking on the Distaff Side, which brought together contributions by women printers, illustrators, authors, typographers and typesetters. It highlights the print industry’s inequalities and proposes a takeover of the history of the book.

Edited by feminist graphic design collective MMS (Maryam Fanni, Matilda Flodmark and Sara Kaaman), …