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Masanobu is on page 14 of 286 of Montañas como islas
Chapter 1 finished. I didn't like this naïveté in The Boy with the Striped Pyjamas and I don't like it here either. Kids don't talk like this, don't think like this. Adults who reminisce their childhood don't talk like this.

On top of being a political pile of dung, this novel is quite badly written.
Aug 26, 2016 09:32AM Add a comment
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I was about to DNF this before reading the GR reviews. As of 2016, there are people who believe there is truth in this. Maybe not biographical truth, but cultural truth. This book is still assigned in classrooms. This has over 4/5 here in GR.

I'm going to read this and extensively comment this. Just ignore my updates if you're not into dismantling white privilege in literature.
Aug 26, 2016 05:52AM Add a comment
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I'm mad the biography in my copy is so sanitized: "Forrest Carter worked on radio and wrote several political speeches before starting his career as a writer on the 1970s". That's saying something for somebody who wrote: SEGREGATION TODAY, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER.

Ugh, this is a new edition published in 2011! White privilege, what white privilege.
Aug 26, 2016 05:49AM Add a comment
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I knew nothing about the author of The Education of Little Tree before picking up the novel. I doubt I'd wanted to read it if I had known he was a KKK member, white supremacist and segregationist from Alabama trying to pass as Cherokee.
Aug 26, 2016 05:45AM Add a comment
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Masanobu is on page 116 of 238 of Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction
Ryan, I was ready to forgive your shallow, lightweight approach to literary theory on behalf of your charming leftwing ideas, but stating that Shakespeare's dick jokes are bad is a big no in my book.
Aug 02, 2016 11:54AM Add a comment
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Masanobu is 13% done with Avengers Epic Collection: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
The final battle of the Avengers against the mighty Hulk and Namor the Submariner is in... Gibraltar! For some reason! An ocean away from where they actually live.
Apr 04, 2016 11:35AM Add a comment
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Masanobu is finished with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
I'm unsure about Isabel Yap's A Cup of Salt Tears. I love the exquisite writing, her ability to evoke different emotions and the mythology woven into the modern setting, but I'm unsure about the ending. It fell flat. I'm not entirely sure I understood it, though, so take my rating with a grain of salt (2.5/5)
Mar 30, 2016 12:21PM 6 comments
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Masanobu is 98% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
Ray Wood's In the Sight of Akresa was hard to stomach, yet I really liked the story (although I did not enjoy reading it). My favorite aspect of this bleak high fantasy is that it can be taken at face value as the tragic story of two star-crossed lesbian lovers, or it can be read as the account of an unreliable noble lady who lusts after a former slave, but is not willing to risk her position to help her. (4/5)
Mar 29, 2016 12:26PM Add a comment
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Masanobu is 95% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
Kai Ashante Wilson's The Devil in America is powerful, meaningful and is singularly well-written. It tackles racism in America like no other story I've ever read. It's violent and confusing, and while it's not my favorite story in the anthology, it deserves to be read. (3.5/5)
Mar 23, 2016 04:15PM Add a comment
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 89% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
I liked Jo Walton's Sleeper, but it didn't have as much of an impact as I'd hoped for. It's a really short story about the conversation between a biographer in 2064 and a simulation of her subject of study, who died in the 1990s. It reads as a parable, and it's quite blunt. But it throws some interesting concepts in the story that I'd like to see developed. (3/5)
Mar 22, 2016 12:49PM Add a comment
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 88% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
I've reread The Insects of Love and now I can positively say I like it. Beyond the poignant descriptions of love and rivalry between sisters and the dream-like prose, I love how the sci-fi in this story is so subtle. It can get confusing, but it's a story about time as a real fourth dimension Soraya and Fairuz can alter. It's not time travelling exactly, but creation of new timelines. 'We're out of time'. 4/5.
Mar 20, 2016 02:14PM Add a comment
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 88% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
I've read Genevieve Valentine's The Insects of Love and I think I like it. But I'm going to reread it to see if I can understand it better and find out why I like it.
Mar 15, 2016 12:49PM Add a comment
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Masanobu is 85% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
Veronica Schanoes' Among the Thorns is a perfect story: a retelling of a tale collected by the brothers Grimm (The Jew in the Thorns), from the POV of the Jew's revenge-seeking daughter, using Jewish lore by way of magic, and intertwined with actual history. According to Wiki, in 1636 Dornburg suffered the Plague and only one family survived. It was refounded in 1971. (5/5, one of my favorites from the collection)
Mar 13, 2016 05:06AM Add a comment
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 80% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
Why have I been avoiding John Scalzi for so long? Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome is well-written, well-researched, immersive and a page-turner short story. This is the kind of sci-fi I like. (5/5)
Mar 11, 2016 12:23AM Add a comment
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 73% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
M. Rickert's The Mothers of Voorhisville contains multitudes, as the mothers themselves. I really liked and was really moved by the story, but I was also tremendously frustrated by it, especially by the end. Motherhood is treated as I'd neverr seen it before: it's acknowledged that motherhood is not a universal experience, but at the same time the Greek chorus of the Mothers undermines this same statement. 4/5 anyway
Mar 05, 2016 04:09PM Add a comment
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Masanobu is 59% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
I never had any interest in Daniel José Older's Bone Street Rumba series, but after reading Anyway: Angie, I've changed my mind. I like his worldbuilding skills. (3.5/4)
Mar 02, 2016 12:16PM 2 comments
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 56% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
I've really liked Seanan McGuire's (i.e. Mira Grant's) Midway Relics and Dying Breeds. It's green sci-fi with impeccable worldbuilding. If I summarized the story it would sound terribly dull: a woman in a carnival must face the big man who makes decisions in her place, and choose between her traditional life or her Indricothere. Yet it was riveting and also soothing, for some reason. (4/5)
Feb 28, 2016 02:53AM Add a comment
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 51% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
I adore Ken Liu's short stories, and Reborn was no different. An interesting exploration of memory and alien invasion. The only thing I didn't like about this was the interspecies sex. Eww. But I guess it makes sense exactly as it is, playing with our own pop culture about aliens. (5/5)
Feb 25, 2016 10:48AM 2 comments
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 47% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
I have not enjoyed Yoon Ha Lee's Combustion Hour. Too heavy on imagery and not clear enough: are the characters really shadow puppets or is this some kind of weird metaphor about the end of the world? There is no tension and while there is an ending, it doesn't really change things. To make an ending effective you have build the need for that ending during the narrative. (1/5)
Feb 22, 2016 10:37AM Add a comment
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Masanobu is 51% done with A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1)
I have to stop reading this because I'm going to be traveling with friends and I'd like to not smile like an idiot while I read. I should be more angry at this book than I am. Kind of like Penelope at Bourne.
Feb 20, 2016 07:49AM Add a comment
A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1)

Masanobu
Masanobu is 46% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen's Where the Trains Turn is easily my favorite story of the anthology. A story about trains, and maybe dragons, and the reliability of memory. The translation from Finnish is jarring at times, but don't let it deter you, because this story is so perfect it hurts. 5/5 obviously.
Feb 18, 2016 10:20AM Add a comment
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Masanobu is 38% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
I haven't really enjoyed Maria Dahvana Headley's The Tallest Doll in New York City. It's weird and pointless. At most one could say it's cute (1/5)
Feb 14, 2016 11:59PM Add a comment
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 37% done with Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
Nicola Griffith's Cold Wind has an undeservedly high rating here on GR. Interesting concept, powerful writing, but too flowery and too little substance. A story of shapeshifters, prey and predator, who meet in a lesbian bar. Lacks conflict and resolution. (1.5/5)
Feb 14, 2016 10:46AM Add a comment
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