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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.
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