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NotCool

NotCool

Joined July 2018

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“You‘re James, right?”
“Are you going to hurt me?”
“Probably not.”
“Cool.”
I‘m interested in how the gaze of all the characters we are meant empathize with in issue #1 is wholly or partially obscured. It‘s as if we‘re meant to empathize with them, but not too much.

NotCool Or, now that I think about it, as if their true vision of the monstrous has cost them, in some sort of Odin-esque deal. 2d
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Auberon: An Expanse Novella | James S. A. Corey
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Look the big take away from this novella for me is: don‘t mess with anyone from Baltimore.

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I..I had several digital issues from this trade, and then I bought the graphic novel, like a spendthrift. Cause it was there, cause it was so good, because characters dealt with issues I‘ve always wondered about. Like, how do superheroes find crime anyway?

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Guts | Raina Telgemeier
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This could be a useful book for some young readers. But the treatment of bullying was frustrating. It isn‘t the responsibility of the bullied to “make friends” with their bullies. That‘s something authorities say to absolve themselves of responsibility. Recognizing the humanity of their victims would cost bullies too much. They‘d have to see themselves too. They‘ll say “It was just a joke. Why can‘t you take a joke” instead.

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This was hard to get through. The protagonist is dating the horrible Laura Dean, to the detriment of all of her other relationships. By the end, I was so ready for Laura to be gone. But the ending, which dealt with how messy even “good” break ups are, redeemed the rest of the book. The art work was lovely, the color palette well done, the side characters all deserved their own books, but Laura Dean didn‘t seem worth the pining.

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Since Lindy West left Twitter it‘s been easy to forget what a wonderful writer she is. Trying to find a quote from The Witches Are Coming, only to realize I was essentially trying to transcribe the entire book, reminded me.

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Firefly Original Graphic Novel: The Sting | Delilah S. Dawson, Joss Whedon
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Sci-fi set in “the future” is about when it‘s written. When you have a comic set between a TV show and a movie, 15 years old, you have to think about how the world the artists work in has changed. Some changes are obvious, like Saffron quoting Game of Thrones. Some are subtle, like the recognition by male characters that the way Mal talks to Inara isn‘t okay. Like the recognition that Inara‘s job is hard, it takes a toll.

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“How did you end up in a power violence band called “Brutalism UK”?”
“Well, I kept arguing with MODS who didn‘t understand MODERNISM...then I saw a poster...Oh WICKED! At last, people who will understand me. They turned out not to be a group celebrating mid 20th-century concrete architecture...”
“You have no idea how much I respect that you just went with it. No idea.”

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This seems well researched. The criminals are greedy, cruel, and willing to blame anyone but themselves for their actions in a very familiar way. But I found the tone of the authors, CNN reporters who covered a fair number of frauds and seemed like competent adults, kinda disingenuous. It‘s probably a technique. Rather then writing “this woman is a scam”, write “I don‘t know, but here‘s people SAYING she‘s a scam”. But it rankled.

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In 2005, NASA collaborated with a small Swedish company called Promessa on a design prototype for a system that would process and contain space corpses. The prototype was called Body Back. (“I‘m bringing body back, returning corpses but they‘re not intact.”)*
*Kids, this is a Justin Timberlake reference, you‘re fine not knowing who that is.

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Salt Slow | Julia Armfield
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When the neighbors called to complain about the smell, Miriam told them with great dignity that we were purging ourselves of evil spirits.
“Well I‘m sorry you‘ve had to close your windows, Mrs. Adams, but that‘s the price one pays for catharsis.”

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Unnatural Magic | C. M. Waggoner
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“I thought of not coming,” Finnbair said “Out of spite.”
“I would have deserved it,” Loga told him. “I‘ve been an absolute beast”
“You have,” Finnbair agreed. “You looked fine while you did it, though. You‘ve got great style while you‘re being a bastard.”

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Unnatural Magic | C. M. Waggoner
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“I despise you both,” Jeckran said. “Why is it my fate to be tormented by terrifying women?”
“Behaved well in your last reliving,” said Tsira.
“My last reliving? You‘re an atheist! Why am I being lectured on Elgarite theology by an atheist?”
“Didn‘t behave that well in your last reliving.”

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Unnatural Magic | C. M. Waggoner
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“You‘re mercenaries!” Loga said. “How wonderfully romantic. I suppose you must be the brawn, Tsira, and I daresay you provide the majority of the brains as well. What exactly is your partner‘s role?”
“Mostly talking posh and looking pretty” said Miss Tsira.

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Unnatural Magic | C. M. Waggoner
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This had an interesting take on gender dynamics. It was kind of uncomfortable for me. Not bad, just uncomfortable. But it also had two (two!) fashionable fops, swanning around. I love a good swanning fop, I was exposed to Diane Wynn Jones at an impressionable age.

esurient HA. 2w
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Cosmoknights | Hannah Templer
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This was okay. The art was nice. The character design and coloring were cool. I guess I‘m just a little disgruntled because Pan was in love with someone at the start and that character went into space and ...never came back.

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Stiefvater‘s books are so good! I‘m excited to see Ronan and Declan‘s relationship from a POV outside of Ronan, since Ronan hates (almost) everything. The experience of caring for difficult people permeates this book, as does the corresponding weight of BEING a difficult person and recognizing that you need others.

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What I see is a story of the struggle for authenticity...What they‘ve done is enshrined this in a period where English fishermen were members of a colonial power that ruled the entire globe and could extract fascinating things from it, then sell them in commercial markets.
“But that dream is extinct,” he said “That world is gone.”

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I think this is a worthwhile avenue of research. But I couldn‘t get past the introduction where Zirin writes “I would argue that Trump has made us more polarized”....Yeah, no 💩. That‘s his brand. Where you been Zirin? Who is this book for? Which group of readers is likely to pick up this book who hasn‘t noticed this?

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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“In the end, the employees said, Jonathan‘s routine had been so boring the subcontractor surveilling him had given up. “I‘m interesting!” Jonathan said when I told him. “I‘m a very interesting person! I went to an escape room!””

marleed That was a funny moment. 4w
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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This is a difficult book to get through. Don‘t get me wrong, it‘s readable and well written. It‘s just the casualness of harassment and assault, and the ease to which people who faced it were written off. In a perfect world Rose McGowan would be able to make whatever art she wanted and anyone who said “you know, I heard she‘s difficult to work with” would suddenly face intense GI symptoms.

Leftcoastzen You nailed it. 4w
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Wow, this was a solid hard science fiction romp in a ya graphic novel.

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“Sounds like an eventful field trip. Way to hang in there kiddo.”
“Can I go back to the conflict zone now? Please?”
:the plea of the field trip chaperone

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This was a charming culinary history that I wasn‘t able to finish before it‘s library due date. I could have used more information about the AOC system that shapes French food today. It seems desperately important and esoteric, and every time the authors brought it up, I expected talk about the American Congress Woman instead of food.

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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“Go ahead and shoot me. This isn‘t my favorite shirt.”

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This is an interesting work of editing and composition because it‘s primarily in Bell‘s own words and, if you have enough of almost anyone‘s words from the turn of the century, I‘m pretty sure it‘s easy to get exasperated. So Bell is an interesting woman of her time. Her time wasn‘t always great.

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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“Was Simon supposed to see it coming? He doesn‘t see anything coming! He‘s taken aback by Tuesdays!”

I feel both seen and judged by Penelope Bunce.

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Angel #6 | Joss Whedon, Bryan Edward Hill
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There are few specific character traits more important then the fact that Spike‘s poetry is ...an acquired taste.

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Experts and pundits, talking about homeless people dealing with mental illness, have difficulty dealing with the ideas that we‘re both letting people down and many homeless people are hostile and potentially dangerous. But, it feels like Rosenberg has the experience, and the personal connections, to this issue to avoid painting mentally ill homeless people as either saints or monsters.

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I was surprised by how much I liked this. The cover didn‘t really give anything away. But the narrative tone is light, the world is interesting, and several characters are likable.

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There is an old adage, among generals and schoolteachers, that no plan, however well-constructed, survives contact with the enemy.

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“We find repeated stress throughout ancient literature on the authority of the deep male voice in contrast to to the female...the tone and timbre of women‘s speech always threatened to subvert not just the voice of the male orator but also the social and political stability, the health, of the whole state.”

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Self/Made | Mat Groom
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A rigid hierarchy that people aren‘t supposed to notice, let alone try to dismantle, underpins both games and “reality” in Self/Made. If those hierarchies are false (and, spoiler, they are) what happens to those trapped in them? At first, I was unsure of this book. The people in the “real world” seemed too bad. But the story evolved in satisfying ways.

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“Susan, Daisy, these are the Cressidas.” 🥺
“We couldn‘t survive without this one.”
“That is..self-evident”. 🤬

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So many feelings.

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Susan has lots of feelings, okay?

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Oh, Giant Days! I already miss you.

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If you look around yourself and see horses or protohorses (henceforth: “horsies”), great news: you and your civilization are playing on easy mode. If you don‘t see any horsies, look for substitutes. Image from https://tinyurl.com/y49rytwf

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There are 2 things I think are really important to know about this book. 1 : it‘s amazing how much was going on, outside the bounds of what was taught in my World History class. And 2: the father of surgery, Khalid al-Zahrawi wrote a book titled “The Arrangement of Medical Knowledge for One Who is Not Able to Compile a Book for Himself”. It‘s petty and I love it.

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Emergency Skin | N.K. Jemisin
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What would happen if the 1% flew off into space to form their own racist, homophobic, misogynistic, ayn randian utopia? What would happen to the rest of us, without them? 😁

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NOTES TO SELF: Essays | EMILIE. PINE
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This series of essays circles Pine‘s life; from her sick father, to her dreamed for child, and back again to her own childhood. She writes with grace and candor.

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Queen of the Sea | Dylan Meconis
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This book was so good that I gave it to my sister the second I finished it, so she could read it too. Thus, I don‘t have any of my own pictures of pages. I had to use some from amazon.

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This is a fun, gross book on insects. And it brought up things I‘d never heard of before, like the Maggot King! The Maggot King was a man who claimed that inhaling fumes maggots release while eating could cure tuberculosis. That‘s a difficult conversation to have with patients.

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Are You Listening? | Tillie Walden
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A surprisingly surreal story about running away. Are You Listening reminds me a little of Alice Isn‘t Dead, in it‘s sense of space and the fragile connections between characters. Plus, there‘s a cat.

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“If you trusted me, you wouldn‘t be trying to make me live in your sorority house!”
“Really? You‘re sexist now?”
“Until recently I was an agent of chaos and destruction!” “Yeah, but I didn‘t think you were sexist.”

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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It‘s been a while since I disliked a book this much. Some of it was the (to me) over the top gothic tropes. Creepy twins, mad women, and incest? ✔️, ✔️, and ✔️. It‘s only a matter of time till someone gets locked in the attic. Also, characters seemed to have no interior life. Everyone seemed to exist to serve the plot. I was so annoyed I ate a piece of cake.

Cathythoughts I couldn‘t finish this one either 👍🏻🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Caroline2 😆 I love the angry cake eating! I do that too! 2mo
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I loved this story! Hopeful and well written.

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I love Chambers‘ work so much. There‘re characters that are genuinely ethical and kind, with a well developed arcs. To Be Taught asks if we can be the people we want to be in less than ideal situations. It feels hopeful in a Roddenberry-esque way.

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“I look forward to having a future where we also have a past, and I look forward to creating it with you .”

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The Okay Witch | Emma Steinkellner
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The ending Of the story, and the development of the antagonist, seemed a little rushed. But there was so much joy and charm in this book.