Sunday, April 30, 2023

Reading April 2023

A productive month of reading.  I'd skip the Book Club book and go see a production of She Kills Monsters instead.  Legends and Lattes was fun because it was very Becky Chambers like in the sense that it was weak on protagonists and heavy on creation of a family/team.  The Hacienda....great gothic if you like history even if you're not super keen on gothic.  Settling the woke, so full of academic talk, but when you get past the academic speak and get to their core thesis about what settlerism and the focus on acquisition of natural resources means in the sense of how it derails communities, right down to putting them in debt, it's a pretty amazing set of essays. Afrofuturism is the book that accompanies the new display/s at the Smithsonian.  It was a good read, although just immersing yourself in some Sun Ra, George Clinton, and published works is best.  Little Eve....sooooo Shirley Jackson [and I recently read a bunch of short stories inspired by Shirley Jackson].  No wonder it won the SJ award.  And Bora Chung's Cursed Bunny - a Jezebel recommendation.  Some of it, weird.  Some of it...DEEPLY weird.  I liked the deeply weird bits best.  They came across sort of Junji Ito in print.

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