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The Memory Librarian
The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer | Janelle Mone
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In The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer, singer-songwriter, actor, fashion icon, activist, and worldwide superstar Janelle Mone brings to the written page the Afrofuturistic world of one of her critically acclaimed albums, exploring how different threads of liberationqueerness, race, gender plurality, and lovebecome tangled with future possibilities of memory and time in such a totalitarian landscapeand what the costs might be when trying to unravel and weave them into freedoms. Whoever controls our memories controls the future. Janelle Mone and an incredible array of talented collaborating creators have written a collection of tales comprising the bold vision and powerful themes that have made Mone such a compelling and celebrated storyteller. Dirty Computer introduced a world in which thoughtsas a means of self-conceptioncould be controlled or erased by a select few. And whether human, A.I., or other, your life and sentience was dictated by those whod convinced themselves they had the right to decide your fate. That was until Jane 57821 decided to remember and break free. Expanding from that mythos, these stories fully explore what its like to live in such a totalitarian existenceand what it takes to get out of it. Building off the traditions of speculative writers such as Octavia Butler, Ted Chiang, Becky Chambers, and Nnedi Okoraforand filled with the artistic genius and powerful themes that have made Mone a worldwide icon in the first placeThe Memory Librarian serves readers tales grounded in the human trials of identity expression, technology, and love, but also reaching through to the worlds of memory and time within, and the stakes and power that exists there.
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StellaDz
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A series of interconnected stories set in a futuristic world, where Dirty Computers are ‘erased‘ to become clean. A commentary on capitalism, segregation, racism, and the struggles of minority populations and LGBTQIA individuals, this was a book that packed a punch. The first story had me struggling to get into the world and concept, but then it really took off.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cheers to being a dirty computer! 🏳️‍🌈

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StellaDz
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A quiet mid-week chill session with the current read and a hot chocolate with Amaretto 😊

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StellaDz
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Exchanging books and chocolate on Christmas Eve!

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Creadnorthey
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This was a lot to listen to but sooooo enjoyable, with emotional highs and lows that a good story (or stories) brings. The stories build a dystopian world with an intricate architecture busting through with the human spirit- Monáe is a talent! What can‘t this free-ass motherf—, they/them, her/she do?!?!!

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Low pick. I absolutely loved the first (titular) story but each following story was another step down. I especially feel that “Timebox” could have been developed better—where‘s the foreshadowing for what Ms. Cornelia does at the end?! I hadn‘t realized going in that the stories are all collaborations, but it makes sense for Monáe and for the different styles of stories. I love the world she has built and how the stories just dropped me into it.

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wanderinglynn
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Group F, these are my current options. I will have more after Tuesday (when my stuff finally arrives) if none of these work for y‘all. 😀

#LMPBC

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wanderinglynn Less than 200 pages 4mo
wanderinglynn Also less than 200 pages 4mo
Laughterhp I‘ve read All Systems Red (love it) and I‘ve tried to read Chilling Effect multiple times and haven‘t been able to get through it 😬. I‘d be okay with any others! My top choices would be The Girl the Sea Gave Back or the Cartographers. 4mo
Chrissyreadit My top choice is The Girl The Sea Gave Back. 4mo
jen_the_scribe I‘ve read Dawn (loved it btw). I‘m good with all of the others. Cartographers is on my TBR so I‘d say that‘s my top pick. 4mo
CallieBrowning You‘ve got some good ones 4mo
adoramichaels Loved Dawn!! 4mo
wanderinglynn @adoramichaels I‘ve heard lots of good things about it. 4mo
adoramichaels @wanderinglynn It definitely transported me to a place I didn't want to leave because I was so immersed 4mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Yaaaaaay

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Mogoeg
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I am coming at this completely backwards, because while I was peripherally aware of Monae's work, I'm not a big music person & don't tend to keep up w/ new(ish) stuff.*

In any case, I was pretty much blown away with this collection of stories set in her dystopian 'New Dawn' world. Some are better than others, but they all hit hard and left marks on my soul. So now I'm off to listen to Dirty Computer & watch the short films too. What a talent.

Mogoeg * trying to change that by making time to listen to new (to me) stuff on Spotify, but I usually listen to podcasts and, more and more, audiobooks, when I drive or sew, so it's hard to find the time. Still, it's been rewarding. (edited) 5mo
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Brooke_H
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Got some good deals tonight at the Long Beach B&N.

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vlwelser
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I like this a lot for way too many reasons to list. It's interlinked stories set in the future. Janelle Monáe does a great job of incorporating all kinds of diversity into it. Litsy fan favorite Bahni Turpin reads the #audiobook. Those are my top reasons. It's smart.

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amma-keep-reading
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Very much reminded me of the worlds and characters of Octavia Butler.

My favorite stories were:
- Nevermind
- Save Changes
- Timebox Altar(ed)

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I think I had much too high expectations for this. I absolutely love Janelle Monae.
This collection though was not for me. While creative I often found it confusing - what even is a dirty computer?? And it was a total slog for me to get through as I never wanted to pick it back up. I do think it was well done and I like how the voices of each other are very distinct. It just wasn't for me.

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Addison_Reads
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I went into this with high expectations and perhaps I set myself up for disappointment.

The concept of this book is interesting and I love the collaboration. Individually, I felt several stories were very strong, but there was a lack of cohesiveness for me between all of them when I finished.

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xicanti
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Outdoor pain day reading. I‘m about 40 pages into THE MEMORY LIBRARIAN, and I‘m feeling it way less than I expected to. Sadness. I hope it‘s just the way Monáe‘s style jives with coauthor Alaya Dawn Johnson‘s and I‘ll like the other stories, co-written with other people, more.

In contrast, I‘ve found Simu Liu to be a really engaging storyteller so far. I hope his memoir keeps up.

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rockpools
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Ooh. Thanks #NetGalley. Did NOT expect that to be approved!

Narrated by Janelle Monae and Bahni Turpin.

🎉📚🎉📚🎉

squirrelbrain Enjoy! ❤️ 9mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Up next 😍

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#bookhaul day!! I gotta bunch today in the mail most from Thrift books (used) but this one! I was so excited I pre-ordered
The book I got that I am the most exciting to read!

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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 246: Unsettling Endings with Yanira

Yanira shares why she deleted Goodreads and how it's improved her reading life, and we talk about rereading books before we dig into books we've read and liked lately.

Listen and subscribe:
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy246

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ReadingEnvy
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These stories link back to Dirty Computer the album and Dirty Computer [Emotion Picture] that you can watch in YouTube. Written in collabortion with Yohanca Delgado, Eve L. Ewing, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, and Sheree Renée Thomas, all stories are set in this dystopian tech-totalitarian society where people who are outside the norms (aka Dirty Computers) are hunted down and imprisoned, memories wiped, and more.↘️

ReadingEnvy All stories are full of queerness, feminism, quirky creative elements, and positive spins on how humans could interact with one another. 10mo
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Leniverse
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I rarely preorder books, because it usually takes me months or even years to get around to reading them anyway! 🙄 But I really wanted a signed edition of this one. My precious. *caresses book* 🤩

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TieDyeDude
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Pre-ordered a signed edition of Janelle Monae's book! 😁
Also ordered The Dark Vault for my wife. It was one of the first books on her Goodreads to-read list, hope she still wants to read it 😬

DivineDiana That is a very thoughtful gesture! 🙂 10mo
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GerardtheBookworm
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Singer and actress Janelle Monae brings her Dirty Computer inspiration to life by collaborating with several POC sci-fi/fantasy authors to create a dystopian Afrofuturistic world where AI and humanity is controlled, manipulated, and enslaved. However, each story is a fight for the characters to reach some form of freedom and emotional autonomy. Though an ambitious concept, it falls flat with the overall connection. Only for fans of Janelle Monae.

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TieDyeDude
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😮😮😮😮😃😃😃😃

Smartypants I like her music and this sounds fascinating! I love when artists expand beyond their traditional medium. 1y
Clare-Dragonfly OMG YES 1y
rachelsbrittain I just saw this on Netgalley today and requested it so fast! 1y
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