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Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents
3.74
it was amazing
There are few things in this world for which I'm capable of going down the rabbit hole of ever more esoteric knowledge, losing myself in the arcana of ...more
not set
not set
Mar 05, 2020
 
The Post-Colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues
4.02
really liked it
Not in any way complete, but contains some of her best thinking, particularly on representation, teased out in interviews and conversations.
Oct 11, 2018
Mar 10, 2017
 
Station Eleven
4.05
really liked it
I wish I could give this a 4.5. I read it now because it came up in conversation and I remembered that it's been sitting in my Kindle since it came ou ...more
Jul 18, 2019
Jun 03, 2016
 
A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan, #1)
4.14
it was amazing
I kept changing my mind about this book, almost throughout. At first glance, it should hit all of my sweet spots -- exile, cultural assimilation, poet ...more
Jun 13, 2019
Dec 28, 2018
 
The Friend
3.78
really liked it
It's been a couple of hours since finishing it, and I've never been so torn about a book. This is a consequence of its structure and rhythms, I think ...more
Nov 17, 2018
Nov 14, 2018
 
The Price of Spring (Long Price Quartet, #4)
4.08
really liked it
I marked this volume as Abandoned rather than Read, but I had originally meant to use this space to review the entire series, which I can't entirely d ...more
not set
Mar 05, 2019
 
Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed
4.20
it was amazing
Tomorrow is Census Day in the U.S. and the usual drums are beating: in order to count, you've got to be counted. It's a solid sentiment, one I can eve ...more
Mar 31, 2020
Mar 09, 2020
 
Real Life
3.94
it was amazing
My god, this book. It's good. It's good for quite a while actually, but then in a flash it turns brilliant, and your stomach starts to tie itself in k ...more
Jul 12, 2020
Sep 15, 2019
 
Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1977-1978
4.27
it was amazing
I read a lot of Foucault this year. For reasons that I'm hoping will make sense at some point (even/especially to myself) this was my favorite.
not set
Jul 12, 2020
 
Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot
3.77
really liked it
Not much here is new at all, if you followed the story in 2012-2013, but if you didn't then this is a very good recap, well observed and documented.
Jun 27, 2015
Jan 23, 2014
 
Find Me
3.32
it was amazing
Stunned. I'll come back and say things more fully at some point, maybe, but for now that's all I have. Stunned.
Nov 2019
Sep 01, 2019
 
Citizen: An American Lyric
4.30
it was amazing
(Goodreads lost my first review, so trying it again.)

I read this in one sitting today at (no doubt) the whitest Starbucks in Seattle, and try as I mig
...more
not set
Jul 31, 2016
 
The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great #2)
4.18
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I think I'm going to leave this one at 30% and just save it, maybe coming back to it someday. I don't dislike it, mind you. 15 years ...more
Jun 29, 2019
Dec 16, 2018
 
Annabel
3.84
really liked it
I'm immensely grateful for Alison Goldfrapp's song, "Annabel" - and particularly its stunning video - for leading me to this book. I'm really not sure ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Dec 17, 2013
 
A Dead Djinn in Cairo
4.10
it was amazing
What a fun, exciting little adventure this was! I picked it up on the news that there is a novel forthcoming in this universe, and it was such a pleas ...more
Jul 09, 2019
Jul 09, 2019
 
This Census-Taker
3.32
really liked it
What a strange bird of a story. I love - love! - his weirder pieces, and this didn't disappoint in that regard, but it gives up its secrets with great ...more
May 29, 2016
May 30, 2016
 
Silver in the Wood (The Greenhollow Duology, #1)
4.06
really liked it
An easy afternoon's read, full of forest magic and dryads and bones and very old things. A little light on.... well, everything! But not so much that ...more
not set
Jul 21, 2020
 
In the Wake: On Blackness and Being
4.62
it was amazing
I would give this book a hundred stars if I could. It sets the terms early, for what a book about the afterlife of chattel slavery could be, and then ...more
not set
Mar 02, 2020
 
The Low, Low Woods #1
3.81
it was amazing
I have trouble reading comics sometimes. I skim without meaning to, I forget to slow it down a notch... I say this so that you'll know that when I say ...more
not set
Dec 19, 2019
 
Love: Beyond Body, Space & Time
3.96
it was amazing
For such a slim volume and such a narrow theme - or so you'd think - this anthology packs such a punch. All these stories deal to some extent with env ...more
Dec 2017
Nov 18, 2018
 
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
3.84
it was amazing
Tragic - in places downright painful - but lovingly told tale of two lives inextricably intertwined. Beautifully complex characters, vivid sense of pl ...more
May 29, 2016
May 24, 2016
 
The Magic Toyshop
3.85
it was amazing
I've had this book much longer than Goodreads has been around, and I'll always be re-reading it, but I'm clearing my "now reading" shelf to make room. ...more
Apr 03, 2016
Jun 27, 2015
 
An Unkindness of Ghosts
4.02
it was amazing
Stunning.
Jan 12, 2019
Dec 18, 2018
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.30
it was amazing
I don't intend to post a full review of this other than to say: I loved the original trilogy to an unhealthy degree. Orson Scott Card himself has mana ...more
not set
Dec 29, 2013
 
The Fifth Head of Cerberus
3.98
it was amazing
Difficult to classify, moody, mystical, strange. Musing somewhere at the intersection of robotics and missionary colonialism. Probably one of my top 1 ...more
Oct 11, 2018
Jan 02, 2014
 
The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson
3.81
it was amazing
Every story a gem, so very easy to pick up and put down again. This book's been on my nightstand for a couple of years now.
Apr 03, 2016
Dec 29, 2013
 
About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five Interviews
4.27
it was amazing
Everything this man writes is gold to me, and this was no less useful. Personal insight, encouragement, the works.
Jun 27, 2015
Dec 17, 2013
 
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
3.71
liked it
I really wanted to like this, but my patience for it is super thin for some reason.
Apr 03, 2016
Jun 27, 2015
 
She of the Mountains
4.27
it was amazing
Fragile and lovely, this speaks a lot of truths gently but surely.
Apr 03, 2016
Jun 27, 2015
 
The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society
3.87
Changed my life, actually.
not set
Apr 03, 2016
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