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This was a CBR Book Exchange book from a few years ago, thank you Mrs. Smith. I lent it to my father, who lent it to a friend, and then when I got it back it shuffled to the bottom of my tbr pile. That eye stares at me accusingly. I decided to start it last night hoping I would finish in time to write a review for bingo. Um. Less than 24 hours later, I’m finished and writing the review. The review may take longer than the read. Lexicon is a science fiction suspense novel set in the present. […]
I don’t like any of the Bronte siblings books. Jane Eyre is the only one of their books I have managed to finish. I hated it. I would not have picked this up if I hadn’t loved My Lady Jane. Even so, I picked it up with trepidation. Everything was fine. There is a great star crossed love story here. There are wild moors. There are broody gentlemen. There is a horrible school with an abusive headmaster. But there is also feminism, wit, charm, ghosts, and a happy ending that doesn’t make your skin crawl. One cannot hate on the Brontës […]
Marti Dumas is the friend of my friend and fellow Cannonballer, Katie. I recognized her name as I was browsing through Scribd’s selection of audiobooks. Warning, this book made me ugly cry, but I can assure you that no dragons die in this book. Jackie is 10. She has 5 brothers that she calls the Js, even though one of them is Sam, and she herself is a J. She lives with her brothers and parents in New Orleans. Jackie is used to being in charge and being the responsible one. She is a good student. One night she finds […]
Assyria soon discovered a painful truth: empires are like Ponzi schemes: financial frauds in which previous investors are paid returns out of new investors’ deposits. The costs of holding imperial territory can only be underwritten by loot and tribute extracted by constant new conquests; empires must continue to expand if they are not to collapse.” – Paul Kriwaczek, Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth Of Civilization At the end of Ancillary Justice, Anaander Mianaai was openly at war with herself. One faction of the Lord of the Radch wanted to stop expanding and stop making ancillaries. The other faction wanted to […]
I listened to the audio book of Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, narrated by Bahni Turpin. It’s so good. I’ve read a bunch of really great books this year, this one will stick with me for years. As I have sat with this review, two things have stuck with me. One is weapons, and the other is the Third Commitment Of Ethical Culture. We choose to treat each other as ends, not merely means. To enable us to be whole, in a fragmented world, we choose to treat each other as unique individuals having intrinsic worth. Every character in […]
I listened to Roxane Gay read her own book, Hunger: A Memoir Of (My) Body. It was a soul punch. Maybe I shouldn’t have listened at a time when I was struggling with feelings about my family, or maybe it was the exact right time. Several versions of this review were only appropriate for my therapist. I am fat, and I was always going to be fat unless I either put myself on a constant, punitive diet, or devoted hours and hours of my day to exercise. In my family, the weight starts piling on in our late twenties/early thirties […]
I have been on such a streak of good books that it is getting harder to stop and write reviews. I am now 4 reviews behind, and the second installment in the Murderbot Diaries is jumping ahead of Hunger, Kindred, The Hate U Give and Ancillary Sword. I have all those reviews started. I just need to stop reading long enough to write them. I adored the first Murderbot Diaries, All Systems Red. I felt like I had never identified more with a fictional character. Murderbot wants to be left alone to watch their shows. Murderbot is a construct, a […]