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Strange and Stubborn Endurance (2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 3 stars

Not for me

3 stars

This really didn't do it for me! I think part of that is that I'm not wild about romances and this was a romance. A big complaint for me is that the romantic leads behave so constantly and consistently we've-been-to-therapy correctly towards each other that I found their interactions tedious and didactic. It felt moralizing to me ("observe, this is the correct way to handle an emotion"), but I think it was intended to be more of a wish fulfillment love story ("imagine if you dated someone this emotionally mature"). Also everyone is described as being super hot and I did not enjoy that.

The heroes behaved perfectly in every situation and the villains were over-the-top horrible in every situation, and even though the moral stakes were ones I agree with (don't sexually assault people, don't be homophobic, don't murder people), I was put off by the black-and-white-ness of the …

Some Desperate Glory (2023, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 5 stars

All her life Kyr has trained for the day she can avenge the murder of …

Dark but not heavy

5 stars

This book really stuck with me after reading it. I had to stop reading it before bed because I would stay up too late reading it, which is a trait I cherish in a book and is also hard to pull off in a book with such heavy themes -- brainwashing, abuse, reproductive coercion, war,.... And the characters were so well articulated. I really live for books where characters seem like actual humans who are capable of being really truly horrible to each other and also capable of kindness and growth.

The Conjure-Man Dies (Paperback, 2020, HarperCollins Publishers Limited, Collins Crime Club) No rating

When the body of N’Gana Frimbo, the African conjure-man, is discovered in his consultation room, …

I enjoyed this! I wouldn't recommend it if someone was just looking for something to read because wow the language around race does not age well and the plot wasn't super tight, but it's an interesting piece of the history of detective fiction

Worker Cooperatives in America (Hardcover, 1984, University of California Press) No rating

But worker cooperatives, no matter how successful they might be, cannot be seen as an end in themselves when they are located with a capitalist economy. In the best circumstances, the forestry worker cooperatives of the Northwest may provide examples of something more vital -- of how people who organize in cooperative and egalitarian ways can reach out to more oppressed and exploited people around then and demonstrate a viable alternative to traditional work organizations.

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