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I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.
Overall, it was a good book. It look me a while to get through because some of the essays are a bit dense, but overall it was good.
The essays range in focus from celebrity motherhood and sexual pleasure to the politics of respectability and empowerment. I liked the various lenses that the contributors wrote through. Each had their own view and their own focus, which made for an interesting read.
For me, there were two minor downsides to the book. One was the grammatical errors. There are quite a few scattered throughout the text. For the most part, the message is still received, but I had to read certain sentences over again to make sure I got what the person was saying beyond the typo. For the most part, they were small errors such as using the plural form of a word instead of the possessive. Small inconvenience, but nothing too major.
The other downside was that even though the essays all focus on different things, the examples they use are pretty much the same. Almost all of the essays referenced Beyonce performing in front of the Feminist sign and bell hooks calling her a "terrorist". Yes, these two things are huge in the discussion of Beyonce and feminism, but reading about them over and over again (along with many other examples) was very irritating. This is not the fault of any of the contributors as they would have no way of knowing what other people were writing, but it made the book pretty repetitive.
Overall, this was a good read, especially for those interested in Beyonce and her brand of feminism. An interesting look into multiple perspectives of the same topic.
User is the queer coming-of-age on the Internet story I didn't know I was looking for (but really should have been).
I grew up discovering the Internet as it grew from a specialist resource and message board hub into the complex sprawling hodge-podge it is now. Not that Internet is not still growing and changing, but it's become something a bit more ubiquitous rather than something that's limited special interest or hobby. There's still a divide in how people view friendships and relationships developed in person and online, but those relationships do occur and can be incredibly meaningful as are the worlds we create with each other.
User is a story about all of that and more. It's about finding refuge in shared fantasy and friendship, as told by a young woman who discovers text-based online fantasy gaming. The story is heartfelt and raw, dealing with difficult subjects frankly. I highly recommend.
Advance Reader Copy courtesy of Image Comics in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition.