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trans, nerd, techie, leftist, classical musician and many more things. my reading involves the interesting combination of classical fantasy, modern sci-fi and speculative fiction, contemporary nonfiction, anarcho-communist theory and John Green books.

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The Anthropocene Reviewed (Hardcover, 2021, Penguin) 4 stars

The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet …

Despite not being his usual style, this is the best John Green book.

5 stars

Full disclosure, I was a fan of the podcast before that podcast turned into a book. And yet, this book is very strong on its own merits. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and I didn't want to put it down so badly that I read it end to end in a just little bit over one month. The only thing I was missing was John Green's voice, and that can be achieved by the audiobook. Highly recommended.

The conquest of bread (2015, Penguin Books) 4 stars

"Le titre du livre : La Conquête du Pain doit être pris dans le sens …

There's a reason this book is synonymous with anarchist communism

5 stars

Sure, some parts are out of date. But so much of it remains true even today. There's a saying about lectures that say that the best questions a lecturer can get are the ones answered by the very next slide. Well, that is exactly what happened to me, again and again, with the chapters of this book. Most amazingly, a question a friend raised in a discussion we had about chapter 8 was answered by the very first sentence of chapter 9. Can't be better than that.

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (2020) 4 stars

Sci-fi novel that follows the story of April May and friends in defense of the …

Review of 'A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I didn't expect this book to be better than the first one, but it was. The different points of view, the build of tension, the somewhat existential take on modern society, the new perspective on the beauty that is humanity... What's not to like in this book?
My only complaint is that I had to deal with the fact I couldn't stop reading, and finished the book 9 days after I got it despite having worked for most of those days, and had to deal with having finished it so fast. But that's less of a bug and more of a feature.