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review 2019-01-16 05:07
Not That Bad by Roxane Gay (abandoned)
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture - Roxane Azimi

The essays that I read were excellent, but this is just too hard to read at the moment.

 

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review 2019-01-10 12:52
Prophecies, Libels & Dreams: Stories - Ysabeau S. Wilce
Prophecies, Libels & Dreams: Stories - Ysabeau S. Wilce

  It would be five stars if the Flora novels weren't so good. Same universe, some of the same characters. I love the framing : these are fragments being discussed by a future historian, there are sources cited, and judgment of the veracity of the stories.

 

Library copy 

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review 2019-01-08 03:56
Flora's Fury - Ysabeau S. Wilce
Flora's Fury - Ysabeau S. Wilce

  Watching Flora in adulthood is fascinating: it feels a bit like watching a child grow up. Flora Segunda was inventive and fun and a bit like watching Hermione get the lead role. I particularly enjoyed the world -building, but also the way each book 's focus shifts as Flora grows up. 

 

Vague discomfort with the way indigenous cultures are treated, but no fully formed opinions yet. Maybe later.

 

Library copy

 

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review 2018-12-29 02:11
End of year burnout
Sanity & Tallulah - Molly Brooks

I'm going to be honest, guys. I'm really starting to get blog fatigue. I've been trying to write this particular review for ages and getting absolutely nowhere. :'-( I've also done the arithmetic and I'm fairly certain I'm still going to be reviewing books I read in 2018 into the start of 2019 which is something I was actively trying to avoid. Ugh, I sure hope this ends up making sense.

 

Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks is a middle grade graphic novel about two little girls living on a space station on the fringes of populated space. These two best friends are polar opposites. Sanity is a gifted scientist who is more often than not working diligently at her homework or brainstorming her newest lab project. Tallulah, on the other hand, is a mediocre student (at best) and a champion mischief maker (the best). After Sanity's latest science project (a three-headed creature) gets loose, the two girls are desperate to clear the animal's name as technical failures and disasters of all kinds begin happening at an alarming rate. There's a race against the clock to find the creature and save all life as they know it on the space station. This story is all about the bonds of friendship...and what happens if you don't properly follow safety protocols when docking your ship at a space station. My opinion: I don't know if it's because I read this one right after Space Dumplins but I found it very similar in tone and content and therefore not altogether that interesting. Additionally, the illustrations were good but weren't nearly as stunning as the aforementioned Space Dumplins. I couldn't give it more than a 4/10.

 

Lots of strong female characters. *applause* [Source: Mom Read It]

 

What's Up Next: The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2018-12-16 02:55
Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 339 pages.
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture - Roxane Azimi

In my defence, I'm not reading an upsetting book about rape culture right before bed because I'm still dressed and it's too early to go to bed. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

 

Anyway, I found this quote from Aubrey Hirsch's essay Fragments amusing:

"If rape culture had a downtown, it would smell like Axe body spray and that perfume they put on tampons to make your vagina smell like laundry detergent."

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