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Robotswithpersonality

Joined June 2022

Funny fantasy, good robots, sci fi for speculating (not 'space war'), Greek myth retellings, final girls, 'good guy' detectives, ace&agender rep
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🦌😅

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Let's do the time warp agaaiiinnn. 🥴 I keep forgetting when this book was published...and then there are phrases that make me pause....more than a decade before the Berlin Wall fell.

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😉

BarbaraJean 😂 There is a passage in the tagged book where a couple discovers that zero-gravity sex does not work at all... 😆 20h
Robotswithpersonality @BarbaraJean Ah, science fiction, always asking the important questions. 😁 14h
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Leaving aside the “intense application of fertilizer“ (in a segmented, engineered space environment the soil exhaustion and runoff presented on Earth might be managed better), multiple cropping sounds an awful lot like that age old Indigenous agricultural knowledge about the three sisters - plants that can grow together and also help with nitrogen levels in the soil - it's not new (even in the 70s) and they did it better! 😑

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🎅🏼😁

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Mehso-so

Pace did drag a bit in comparison to other entries in the series, but a decent enough pay off. Certain story threads introduced two books back are mostly resolved. I think I prefer those books where they encounter mystery in their home village as opposed to out travelling, and when the stalls to make room for plot points are not so painfully obvious. 1/2

Robotswithpersonality 2/2 I think this is the only book in the series that's this long, so perhaps there was enough feedback that the author has edited accordingly since. I guess we'll see in the next one! Armstrong and Hardcastle's banter, using being underestimated to their best advantage, getting bits of their derring-do backstory, and a reveal I didn't quite see coming remain the charms of this series, and so I will keep coming back for more. 2d
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You tell 'em Emily! 😊

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DC Pride 2022 | Various
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A wonderful experience. Affirming, inspiring, overall even sweet in tone, with one exception. Indeed, while I picked this volume up BECAUSE I knew it had Kevin Conroy's Finding Batman story, I didn't realize what it would contain; it was the only one prefaced with a content warning. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/? Batman:TAS shaped my love of the character and eventually led me to seek out other super hero stories; I am grateful Conroy was willing to share part of his own. I miss him. 🥹 2d
Robotswithpersonality 3/3 Other highlights include Connor Hawke - the first ace hero I've encountered, getting a detective noir moment with Far Sector Green Lantern badass Sojourner Mullein, every Ivy and Harley moment, and the space given to Tim Drake's coming out journey, collecting previously published stories I hadn't caught up with. LOVED. 😍🥰🏳️‍🌈 2d
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DC Pride 2022 | Various
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Stunning work. Dryad vibes.

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DC Pride 2022 | Various
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My faves. 🌿♥️♦️

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DC Pride 2022 | Various
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Nightwing sass!

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Swann's Way (Centenary) | Marcel Proust
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That moment when you pause to listen, realize it's raining... 🌧️😌 Love how he describes the succession of sounds.

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DC Pride 2022 | Various
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Transgender flag-coloured baseball bat plus bat puns. I LOVE. 😍

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Ace super hero rep, let's gooooooo! 💜🖤🩶🤍
Definitely need to find more comics with Connor Hawke. ☺️

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A handy metric. When harvesting a prospective energy source in an environmentally friendly manner is going to take more work and money than considering human civilizations in outer space, maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board!

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...written a decade before Chernobyl...

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Mehso-so

Hmmm. I should have remembered that while I adore reading picture books as an adult, I rarely enjoy children's chapter books. I did get a few picture book recommendations out of the early chapters! Of those chapter books covered by the author, I can only remember reading Charlotte's Web as a child, and I'm not sure I ever read the other exemplars provided. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/2 It's not really fair to say this book isn't what I thought it would be, because I'm still a little fuzzy on how one could write about loving reading children's books as an adult without it being an in depth analysis of certain books (though I'm not sure coverage of the authors' lives was necessary) and themes found within them. I'll continue my pattern of sporadically checking out picture books from the library, having my own joyful moments. 3d
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The Gone-Away World | Nick Harkaway
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Wow. Um, I kind of feel like I can't talk about all the reasons I love this book because they're MAJOR spoilers. I will say: hang in there. You're going to be introduced to a rowdy group, an intriguing set of circumstances and an imminent mission, and then that will be put on hold to tell the majority of someone's life story, get acquainted with those introduced, and then you pick up at where you left off 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/? and things get wild in a way I, at least, did not see coming. In that first half/two-thirds there are elements of war/dystopian novels from which I usually run a mile. The social commentary is exquisitely impactful. The last third (? reading this on ebook has mucked up my sense of page count) reads very different but still has something to say with a great conclusion. Again, SPOILERS! 3d
Robotswithpersonality 3/3 What I will say: there are ninjas, and nightmares, and love and incredible fight scenes and beloved characters. Yeah, if there was any doubt, Nick Harkaway is now affirmed as a favourite author. And now I have to wait until his next novel is published! ⚠️animal death, (+not sure how to describe it, but probably fits best under body horror?) 3d
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When your crochet project matches your book. ☺️

dabbe 💚💛💚 ... the school colors of the high school where I was a teacher! 😀 4d
Robotswithpersonality @dabbe Nifty! I would have loved to have any green as a part of any of my schools' colours. 💚 3d
dabbe @Robotswithpersonality Your favorite color? My husband's, too! 💚💚💚 3d
Robotswithpersonality @dabbe Yes! The more green love the better. 😁💚 3d
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The Gone-Away World | Nick Harkaway
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Praying while agnostic?

rwmg Perhaps I'll shunt it a bit further up the virtual TBR pile 4d
Robotswithpersonality @rwmg Recommended! But, there is a time and emotional investment required. 😅 3d
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The Gone-Away World | Nick Harkaway
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A quiet moment. 😌

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Roadmarks | Roger Zelazny
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Inventive, and absorbing, and fun! I didn't want it to end. I would go on many adventures with these characters. I now get the whole 'chapter numbering thing'. 😉
I love any and all robot friends. Especially those who manage to foil dastardly plans in hilarious fashion, and/or sass the main character as frequently as necessary. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/? There are these hints at world building, it's not that the reader doesn't get a good enough understanding of the nature of the road, its travellers and surrounding infrastructure, it's just all so nifty I'd have loved to dive into it more.
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Robotswithpersonality 3/? Anything that has the whiff of weary immortals, I think is just fascinating to us mortals, the ultimate unproveable hypothesis, what would it be like, how would you feel after so long, moving from experience to experience, searching for a sense of completeness. 5d
Robotswithpersonality 4/? I love that it managed to weave in a discussion about that age old question of whether you would want to know who you were if you lost your memory, if you had past lives, if you were unsure of whether you were a better person now, and up the stakes by sci fi or fantasy methods that allowed for a gradual address of fears about if memories come back, will the you of now be subsumed or can you incorporate who you were into who you are now 5d
Robotswithpersonality 5/5 in a fight for continuity in sense of self. Chilling but captivating.
There is so much here I could gush about, but I don't want to reveal all because I want you to read it!
Great mix of scifi and fantasy. Definitely a favourite for 2024, and keeps me interested to read more Zelazny, because I keep bouncing between misses and major hits with this author! 💁🏼‍♂️
So happy I got recommended it by my Dad.
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Bookwomble Great review 😊 4d
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Roadmarks | Roger Zelazny
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Like I realize it's a computer from the future disguised as a book, but I love the idea of sentient books having opinions about who could pick them up, and threatening violence accordingly. Kind of like cats. 😆

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Roadmarks | Roger Zelazny
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Relatable. Having terrible temporary employment flashbacks...😩

Bookwomble I hope the flashbacks aren't too terrible! 🫂😊 How're you finding this book? I have it on tbr 😒📚 5d
Robotswithpersonality @bookwomble Totally finished it last night and fell asleep before I could review. 😅 I really enjoyed it, and that's still a rare sensation for me when it comes to Zelazny. I can see the outlines where it could have been a whole series but the impatient me is glad it was kept to a novella length. 5d
Bookwomble @Robotswithpersonality Thanks for the recommendation - I'll try to move it up Mount TBR 😊 4d
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Roadmarks | Roger Zelazny
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Ticklish robot! ☺️

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I appreciate what it did, but I can see why it didn't make it into the next novel/novella in the Murderbot series. It's more a connecting moment, set up for events that are addressed/unfold in Network Effect. I'll never turn down sweet moments between Mensah and Murderbot, though!

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There are a number of moments in this book that make it a particularly satisfying entry in the Murderbot series, even upon reread. All of which are spoilers.

Robotswithpersonality 2/? Getting to see Mensah again, her having something of a real talk with Murderbot. That acknowledgement of the burgeoning idea of 'crew' in reference to the Preservation group members. Murderbot admitting to certain motivations and being talked down by Mensah. Pin-Lee being the legal badass wanting to get Murderbot's status in order. Gurathin gleeful with their mutual dislike. Ratthi just plain old concerned. It reads like family. 🥰 6d
Robotswithpersonality 3/? And of course we finally have the recognition, the apology about the whole 'pet robot' miscommunication, and Murderbot reaching the temporary sanctuary of Preservation space. Then there's the badassery one-two punch of the private dock and the company gunship. I love it! 6d
Robotswithpersonality 4/4 So glad I finally have access to the short story Home which follows directly on this story, and I believe deals with the hinted at trauma of Mensah having been captured by and retrieved from GrayCris. On to the next! 6d
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Rebooting Murderbot has the hilarious honesty of an intoxicated person. 😆

julesG I ❤️Murderbot I have a 15min drive to an appointment ahead of me. It's just 15 minutes either way, but I'll be spending them in the company of Murderbot and Network Effect. I left MB hanging from the ceiling last night. 😉 5d
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💅🏻

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The Woman Next Door | Yewande Omotoso
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No one is more surprised than me how much I ended up enjoying this reading experience. I phrase it that way because considering the book's trajectory and themes, I'm not sure 'enjoy' is the right word for the majority of the plot. 1)?

Robotswithpersonality 2/? These two women have in common having wasted too long in resentment and bitterness, becoming caustic as a result; having stayed in a certain role long past the time it served them; clinging to pride and design careers as a means of bringing control to a life that no longer feels in their control; having been shaped negatively by their parental figures; being deeply unsatisfied with how their attempts at motherhood have ended up. 6d
Robotswithpersonality 3/? The contrast appears in what they are just now acknowledging caused so much heartache to themselves and others over the years, admissions coming primarily in each other's company (not clearing the air in a marriage vs not being willing to acknowledge the work required to uproot deep racism). 6d
Robotswithpersonality 4/? Having said that, the contrast between Marion refusing to see and Hortensia being unable to exist without being affected by racism does not play as large a role in the text as I initially would have thought. The flashbacks to earlier regrets are almost equal, with perhaps more emphasis on Hortensia. 6d
Robotswithpersonality 5/5 The ending doesn't feel desolate but quiet, there are reconciliations with the understanding that much time (and some people) have passed. Maybe not all can be made right, maybe not all is forgiven, nor should it be. But maybe there can be peace, companionship. Great writing.
If you survived Our Souls at Night, I think you might like this.
⚠️racism, miscarriage
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The Woman Next Door | Yewande Omotoso
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Oof.

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The Woman Next Door | Yewande Omotoso
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Small joy of the crisp clink ☺️

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What does The Juniper Tree mean? I couldn't begin to say. Is it a story for children? Not mine. Obviously the answer in this and all such cases is know the kids, THEY ARE PEOPLE, NOT A CATEGORY.“ 👏🏻 [Emphasis added]

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“As we will find out, the mother in Cat in the Hat is so loopy she leaves her children in the care of a fish. Hers will be the house where all the kids go to smoke weed in high school.“

Pfft, judgy. 🙃 🫢

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Okay, but seriously, I see a lot of potential in “toddler dressed for a moon landing“. I want to look in this guy's closet! 🤩

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Swann's Way (Centenary) | Marcel Proust
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Lost in reading....🥰

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“I also bring up Portnoy 's Complaint to highlight the fact that books for very young children occupy a rare literary preserve where mom and dad don't fuck you up.“ 👀
Audiobook read by the author is a chill, good time.

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😏

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“moon-stuff“ 🌝
Today's 'scratched my brain just right' sentence.

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Witty AND valid.

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Look, I don't want to come across as dismissive of anyone's process, but I did have a giggle fit at the sudden mental image of curling myself into something vaguely disc-like and repeating the mantra “think SHINY!“ 😄

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Winning with the dedications this evening:
Top from Straggle: Adventures in Walking While Female
Bottom from Forest Walking: Discovering the Trees and Woodlands of North America
♥️

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Shout out to the Okanagan for providing an actual orchard as a background. Wrong season for actual apples, you get the grocery store variety and my countertop for ✨the vibes✨.
Let's start with the thing others might disagree on: I don't think it was too long! I don't think it had pacing issues. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/? There were multiple characters, multiple POVs, you got their stories, (plus nifty/gothic interludes) how they intersected, you got a steady flow of events, the plot moved along and things escalated, as they do in a horror novel!
While there is a generous helping of body horror and creepiness, much of the horror took the form of examples of the worst case scenarios of real life:
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Robotswithpersonality 3/? loved ones get abusive and people stay because they still love them, think they deserve the abuse or can fix the abuser, veteran lives with the trauma of combat, loved ones neglect each other for their own ambitions, unscrupulous business partners take advantage, racism abounds, people mistreated into intolerance take violent action in support of their learned prejudices, people being horrible on social media. 1w
Robotswithpersonality 4/? That's all difficult to read, but wishing the bad moment was over is not the same as the book structurally having a pacing issue.
Much like Book of Accidents, what made this work was Wendig creating characters you become invested in. It makes for a better horror book when you truly want these people to survive dire circumstances, when you are invested in them making good decisions and getting out of bad. (I.e. not a slasher.)
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Robotswithpersonality 5/? I'm still ruminating on whether the reveal in the epilogue is something I needed or if I would have been more entertained if I was left wondering on the nature of a certain character.
I'm still ruminating on the delicate balance presented between choices around peace and violence in the face of evil deeds/evil in people. You want peace to always be the option, you don't want to wonder if violence was chosen because it felt good (vengeance).
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Robotswithpersonality 6/? I think having such a central character have such an ambiguous journey, and seeing how they are initially presented - their own voice and how others see them and how that changes, reveals itself, leaves the reader with some interesting questions about self-image, how much external circumstances or influence really took hold, the choices we have in reacting and selecting an attitude, a life, 1w
Robotswithpersonality 7/? how much bad action is a result of our own unvarnished inclinations.
I loved the Acknowledgements.
Wendig writes from a number of POVs which do not reflect his own identities; I didn't see anything that tweaked me as offensive or stereotypical, and while an Indigenous group is mentioned as historically linked to the story, I appreciated the respectful tone, no Pet Semetary 'source of badness' B.S. in evidence.
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Robotswithpersonality 8/8 I'll defer to own voices reviewers if they had issues with any of the representation featured.
⚠️ suicide, animal death, homophobia, self-harm, domestic abuse
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The Cat Who Saw Red | Lilian Jackson Braun
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Not my fave of the series. I feel like this is the first time the murder mystery centred on someone with a previous personal relationship with Qwill that the reader also got to know, and not the only one the reader got invested in before badness occurred, a more dismal outcome than I expected. There were more unlikeable characters than comic relief types this time round.1/2

Robotswithpersonality 2/2 Then there's the rampant fatphobia and obsession over food/weight loss. Not recommended for anyone with ED/history of disordered eating. And to top it all off, the false moment of jeopardy that went too far in regards to the main feline characters just pissed me off. Not to mention what happened to the other cat in the story. Not a great writing choice for 'Cat Who' books. 🙎🏼‍♂️ ⚠️Animal death 1w
dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 1w
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An important read, but not a comfortable one.
There's an unfair comparison going on in my mind, because I read In Transit last month and that felt like both an acknowledgement of where people struggled, but also really welcoming and encouraging. This work felt like there was a lot more focus on fighting against misconceptions, for respect and recognition. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/? It is possible that asexuality is at an earlier stage of fighting for acknowledgement than non-binary identity is, or maybe the two respective authors are at different points in their personal journey, which coloured the narrative, which explains the tone here, and made for a more difficult read.There are some great discussions to be had, and you can see the inspiring groundwork laid to a better path forward, but I finished it feeling stressed 1w
Robotswithpersonality 3/? Speaking of great discussions, highlights for me include:

Just Let Me Liberate You: Fascinating chapter discussing history of feminist movement in relation to sexual liberation and where we are now in society, how that affected ace identity of those who wanted to be understood politically as feminist.
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Robotswithpersonality 4/? Whitewashed and In Sickness and In Health chapters: Intersection, harmful racist stereotypes about people of colour and sexuality, something else to fight when figuring out asexuality, likewise being male v female v trans and how sexuality is assumed for those genders. How being disabled physically or mentally factors into stigmas around asexuality as a disorder, and vice versa. 1w
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Robotswithpersonality 5/? How disabled aces have to fight for acceptance from both sides, those who don't want disabled automatically meaning without interest in sex and those who doesn't want asexuality automatically meaning ill - and the ableism inherent in the movement when it made that distinction.
Inclusivity needed!
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Robotswithpersonality 6/? Romance, Reconsidered:
Appreciate that ace is a perspective that leads to questioning the status quo, the need for a sexual relationship, the lens on who is sexualized, on romance and whether it needs a sexual component, on friendship and how it shouldn't be considered lesser.

Important expansion in the discussion surrounding consent, the issues with compulsory sexuality being woven into culture.
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Robotswithpersonality 7/7 Nit-picky final detail: The text could have benefitted from one more edit for clarity, about every 5-10 pages there's a word missing or inverted in order in a sentence, at least where I'd normally expect it. I know language is fluid, especially in the internet age, but it did mess with my comprehension/reading flow.

⚠️Discussions of racism, ableism, SA
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Singout Tagged! Thank you for the rec and the thoughtful analysis. Bonus: available in audio in my library system. 1w
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Oh, look, another damaging facet of toxic masculinity. 🤦🏼‍♂️

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Power of language.

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Okay. 💁🏼‍♂️ I'm honestly no longer sure what I wanted this book to be, so can't really assess whether it delivered. It's not that it tried to be too many things - it was concise in its treatment of various people involved in the development of the Appalachian Trail, you got a sense of who they were and how they contributed. Maybe I'm not cut out for straight history/short biographies when I'm unsure of my interest level in the subject matter? 1/

Robotswithpersonality 2/? I have varying success with memoirs so maybe that was another contributing factor. D'Anieri stated the facts, and even when the facts of a person's life were upsetting, overall the information recounted felt, not dry but not particularly engaging either. Even his personal reflections of certain sections...went down easy, didn't leave much of an impression. 🤷🏼‍♂️ 2w
Robotswithpersonality 3/3 I did write down a couple books related to people I want to learn more about, so there's that. Maybe I should look for the history of a trail that's personally significant? Maybe disregard this review if the topic/treatment is more your thing.

⚠️suicide, alcoholism, mental health crisis, domestic abuse
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“urban sprawl“ really is a phrase that evokes the ick.
Alas, for the proposed alternative to sprawl and suburbs I would love to see more of present day.

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YEAH!

dabbe 🤩 2w
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