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text 2018-07-18 13:28
Reading progress update: I've read 146 out of 436 pages.
Binary Storm (Liege-Killer) - Christopher Hinz

This has been slow-going. I'm starting to think that Liege-Killer was the only book in this series worth reading.

 

Why does this book exist? There have been a few big revelations, but they only count as big if you haven't read the original trilogy. And if you're new to the series and were planning on reading the original trilogy after this, well, Binary Storm spoils some of the trilogy's biggest revelations.

 

I feel like the author just wanted to write a lot of world-building details. So we have lung restoratives, respirazones, servant and assistant bots, edible ads, and suicide cults. Is there a plot? I'm still waiting to find out.

 

And Hinz still sucks at writing women. I liked Bel at first, when she coolly recognized that Nick was probably complimenting her because he wanted something from her, but then she fell in lust with him. It was so out-of-character for her that even she wondered whether he'd slipped her some kind of futuristic date rape drug (there are multiple kinds, and readers got to learn the details of several of them), but no, it turns out he just has that effect on her.

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text 2018-07-14 17:01
Reading progress update: I've read 216 out of 216 pages.
To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines - Judith Newman

I managed to finish this in time. I'll be turning it in tomorrow. I just checked, and the book club meeting is happening near the end of August.

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text 2018-07-13 22:58
Reading progress update: I've listened 757 out of 757 minutes.
Provenance - Ann Leckie

Finished! Will I manage to review it this time around? We'll see.

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text 2018-07-13 22:20
Reading progress update: I've read 154 out of 216 pages.
To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines - Judith Newman

"In truth, I don't know what Gus will be able to do. I do know that he does practice a kind of learned helplessness; I did not know, for example, that he could pour a glass of milk for himself until one day recently I got vertigo and couldn't move without being wildly nauseated, and no one was around, and Gus really, really wanted milk. It was that day when I thought about something John Elder Robison had written in his book Switched On, about the low expectations we have of people with autism, how it extends to everything in their lives."

 

And, just like in her section about eugenics and wanting to give Gus a vasectomy, she stops short of really thinking about what she's actually saying and making all the connections, even though she's laid all the pieces out. She has, by the way, spent the entire book talking about all the things that she's certain Gus will never be able to do. He'll never be able to hold a job, never go on a date, never make friends, never marry. So many nevers.

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text 2018-07-13 13:06
Reading progress update: I've read 118 out of 216 pages.
To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines - Judith Newman

I've made it to that part, the one where she talks about her desire to sterilize her son.

 

"How do you say 'I'm sterilizing my son' without sounding like a eugenicist?" (116)

 

Part of her realizes that the answer is "you don't," because the next page and a half is all about eugenics. But here's what she ends up settling on:

 

"But wherever you stand on this question, when you start considering how the history of disability is inextricably intertwined with the history of euthanizing and enforced sterilization, you come away unsettled. I began to question my certainty that Gus should never have kids. There is a good success rate in vasectomy reversals, and surely there will be even easier, more reversible methods for men soon. And when there are, I'm going to be the first in line to sign him up. Kids at twenty or twenty-five? No. Thirty-five? I can hope." (117-118)

 

So, a forced vasectomy is still definitely on the table, but it's okay because it'll be reversible. D-:

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