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What I Just Finished Reading
Cyberpunk: Malaysia edited by Zen Cho
Overall I enjoyed this collection. I will admit that a lot of the geographical references went over my head, but the cultural and political issues were fairly well laid out over the book.

As with any collection, the content varied, and I didn't finish some stories usually due to being unrelentingly grim, but most had a balance between dystopia and fight against oppression. The themes of personhood, surveillance and state oppression were pretty strongly represented, but many of the stories were humorous and some were hopeful.

It did make me curious about the definition of Cyberpunk, especially the punk part of that, and how that has evolved over the last thirty years or so.

(I got a copy of this book via goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Then I lost the book so it's pretty horrifically late.)

What I'm Reading Now
Audio: Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman by Cathy Wilkerson. A couple hours into this, and curious how/why our heroine is going to make the jump from college activism to blowing shit up.

Paper: Assata by Assata Shakur. Nenya gave this to me for my birthday, and randomly decided to read it next. I didn't think about reading two books about activists in the same period until I started it and went, "oh, right." So far I love it. She has such a strong voice. I'm curious about the lack of capitalisation on first person singular and how various words are deliberately missspelled (amerika for example). It seems to be a stylistic choice and I don't know enough about the culture.

What I'm Reading Next
Not sure, probably a library book.

Date: 2017-08-31 08:46 am (UTC)
sparowe: (Bookwyrm)
From: [personal profile] sparowe
Wanted to let you know I've just started The Stone Sky and am really enjoying it so far! I meant to ask, have you read any of her other work?

Date: 2017-09-01 01:01 am (UTC)
sparowe: (Bookwyrm)
From: [personal profile] sparowe
Is that part of the Inheritance Trilogy? That was my first exposure, which I liked in the beginning, then progressively less as it went on, but I'd read too much to stop by that point. :P Was a little wary of picking this one up, but so far am glad I did. I've also got the Dreamblood Duology.... somewhere. Wait, found it. I have a lot of books.

Date: 2017-09-01 01:23 am (UTC)
sparowe: (Content)
From: [personal profile] sparowe
Welp, when I get around to it (eyes stacks dubiously), I'll let you know. If I don't like it, there's a library that's always pleased to have my books, since I keep them in good condition. :) And then I don't feel like I've wasted anything.

Date: 2017-09-01 07:28 pm (UTC)
sparowe: (Awkward)
From: [personal profile] sparowe
I'll keep it in mind, but I have to be honest--I hate reviewing books. The last one I did outside of school would be Brian's book on Japanese tattooing, and that only because he asked me to. >_>; Even when I was writing for TAY, my articles were more about the experience of playing the games, then proper reviews.

Date: 2017-09-02 01:51 am (UTC)
sparowe: (Awkward)
From: [personal profile] sparowe
Okay, so I've been thinking about this. Like, a lot. Not even sure why, really. Have come to the conclusion that... I only really like talking about something that I'm extremely passionate about, I guess because if I'm that into it, I've invested, and can knowledgeably speak. Where... there are books I really enjoy, but they don't tend to be on that same level of fandom beyond, "that was really good, I can't wait for the next one". I suspect some of this comes from criticism I've received in the past, for liking something that I "shouldn't": something that has a problematic view that I didn't pick up on, and now I'm in an argument, and I hate confrontation. Does that make sense?
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