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Pedrocamacho

Pedrocamacho

Joined November 2016

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Head on | John Scalzi
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I enjoyed this follow up to “Lock In”. Chris and Vann are simply fun characters to follow through an investigation. Also, the world created by Scalzi is still interesting to me. I‘m already on the list at the library for “Unlocked” 😊

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Lock In | John Scalzi
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This book was a lot of fun. It is part sci-if, part mystery. There is a pandemic, but it is used for world building, i.e. this isn‘t a pandemic book. I‘ll surely read the next one.

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The case made in this book that patriarchy is the guiding force behind modern evangelicalism is compelling and hard to deny. If you desire a way to view modern politics, especially the right, this is the place to start.

I found the discussions of how evangelicals view masculinity particular hard to listen to. Honestly, in my mind, nothing is less masculine than being performatively masculine all of the time. How little one must be.

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The Farthest Shore | Ursula K. Le Guin
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What a wrap to the story of Ged. I loved the journey and the menace.

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Aftermath | LeVar Burton
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I love LeVar Burton so much. The book was okay overall, but the end was very cheesy. Maybe I‘d have enjoyed it more if he had read it to me.

(2022)

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The Tombs of Atuan | Ursula K. Le Guin
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I had just finished the first book in the Earthsea trilogy and, luckily, had the second one sitting around, because I really wanted to read it. I love how Ged isn‘t the first person character in this book.

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Far Sector | N K Jemisin
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This graphic novel was a lot of fun. I love N.K. Jemisin‘s work so I was always going to give this a go. Glad I did.

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I‘ve heard a lot of about Earthsea in the past and I‘ve loved Le Guin‘s work for years so it was always just a matter of time. Nevertheless, I loved meeting Ged and hearing of his adventures.

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I really enjoyed “Maxwell‘s Demon”. For fear of spoilers, I‘ll only say that there were certain parts of this book that I needed a magnifying glass to read 😊

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Truth of the Divine | Lindsay Ellis
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I greatly enjoyed this follow up to “Axiom‘s End”. It seems as if Ellis can take the third book in lots of different directions. I‘m excited to see where she goes.

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Overall, I enjoyed “Project Hail Mary”. My only complaint is that Ryland Grace‘s inner monologue is so close the Mark Watney‘s (from the Martian). I really liked one aspect, but it has spoilers so look below 👇👇👇

Pedrocamacho I really enjoyed the first contact aspect of the story. Rocky was awesome. 2mo
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The End of Men | Christina Sweeney-Baird
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When I picked up this book, I thought it would be more about a world where the vast majority of men have died in a pandemic and less about the pandemic. In fact, it is more about the pandemic and less about this other world. Overall, I liked the book as constituted. I just think the other formulation would have been vastly more interesting. So, many topics were left unexplored or under-explored - teased.

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I like the premise of the Foundation series, but the premise itself causes this book to be like a book of short stories, which isn‘t my favorite. That being said, I‘ll probably read the next one. 😊

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Lewis has written the only book about the Covid-19 pandemic, so far, that I‘ve found to be readable. It helps that he chose a fixed window in the past and stuck with it. That being said, Lewis always forms such a strong narrative around the people that he features. I am always left wondering if the nuance was missed.

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Zoe's Tale | John Scalzi
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This book expands upon a character and a few events from the “The Last Colony”. I‘m glad that Scalzi expanded on the Zoe character. She was worth it.

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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This was a fun audiobook to experience while riding my bike 😊 🚴

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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This book wasn‘t what I expected with its tight focus on Marie and her abby. Yet, I was engulfed by it. I miss reading about Marie already.

Pedrocamacho Also, Tony Soprano has nothing on Abbess Marie. Nothing. 4mo
Cathythoughts Nice ! This book is getting great reviews 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
Pedrocamacho @Cathythoughts I'd heard that too. It definitely deserves them. I was also struck with how little it has in common with “Fates and Furies“. 4mo
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s interesting… I loved Fates & Furies 4mo
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This is a great book. Smith visits a number of landmarks to human bondage in America and the transatlantic slave trade. He encounters folks trying to expand our understanding of its consequences as well as those in thrall to the Lost Cause false-narrative.

Hooked_on_books This book is incredible! I was delighted to just see it longlisted for the National Book Award. 4mo
Pedrocamacho @Hooked_on_books Agreed. And what a list to be on. Lots of goodies. 4mo
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I didn‘t love this book, but it did leave me with a lot to consider (i.e. the roll of spite in human relations is just one of many). BTW, the subtitle must have been added by the publisher because the book has some to say on this topic, but it is very brief.

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I filled in more than a few gaps in my knowledge regarding the Crusades. I knew that possession of Jerusalem was the primary locus of the conflict. However, it was very far from the sole focus. Cities like Antioch, Acre, Tyre, and even Damascus and Cairo were in heavy dispute as well.

bibliothecarivs Cool to see that book again. I owned it about 10 years ago but had to let it go before reading it to make room for others I wanted more. 4mo
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This book was a lot of fun. It was suspenseful throughout. I loved the characters and the mermaids.

Reggie The poor dolphins!!! 5mo
Pedrocamacho @Reggie Yeah! They went down so hard. They barely lasted a page after Theo forced them out of the hole. 😢 (edited) 5mo
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Fake Accounts | Lauren Oyler
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I am still deciding about this book. There were some facets and subplots that lost me and others that gripped me. The self-awareness of the protagonist was both necessary and off putting. Sometimes being puzzled by a book is great and that may the case for this book. I‘m just not sure.

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Feral Creatures: A Novel | Kira Jane Buxton
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I really loved “Hollow Kingdom”, and Shit Turd of course. This is a fun follow up. It‘s a little less hilarious but a little more soulful. I really want to chill with all of the creatures.

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I really enjoyed Candace‘s story. It manages to be an immigrant story along with being post-apocalyptic…and an interesting/unusual apocalypse to boot. The fever doesn‘t result in ravenous zombies. Rather, bodies “sleepwalking”, mimicking the actions of life.

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Axiom's End: A Novel | Lindsay Ellis
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I saw this one browsing at one of my favorite local bookstores (BookBar). One of the staff members was very enthusiastic so I grabbed it. This turned out to be a great choice. I love first contact stories and this is a good one. I‘ve even heard that the second in the series will be coming out soon.

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I enjoyed Montell‘s work on shared features between Cults and social activities that can be considered ‘cultish‘ (e.g. multi-level marketing, influencers, fitness communities, like Peloton). She shines a light on these activities without creating false equivalences and losing the nuances. This is a great read for those who remain fascinated by the ways and reasons that humans organize themselves.

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The Last Colony | John Scalzi
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This one is different from the other books in this universe, but I enjoyed it as well. It was a good, quick read.

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Ishiguro‘s book is beautiful, sad, haunting, and sometimes creepy. Overall, I just loved seeing the world through Klara‘s eyes.

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Blood on the Forge | William Attaway
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I read this book because it was mentioned in the “Marlon and Jake Read Dead People” podcast. It‘s the story of 3 brothers that move from Kentucky to the steel mills of Pennsylvania as part of the great migration. They left Kentucky but the pain, cruelty, and racism followed.

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Folklorn | Angela Mi Young Hur
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I really enjoyed “Folklorn”. It is an immigrant tale and very much focused on understanding and accepting family trauma. It also has a touch of mystery for spice.

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Notes from China | Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
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I‘m a long-time Tuchman fan and so I jumped on this little volume at a local bookstore. It contains a lot of notes that she used for her book on General Stilwell as well as an essay that explores the hypothetical if Mao had visited FDR in 1945 (as he evidently tried to do). It is vintage Tuchman. Observe: “[H]istory is not law-abiding or orderly and will often respond to a breeze as carelessly as a leaf upon a lake”.

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Sorrowland | Rivers Solomon
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I really loved Verns journey of self-discovery. This was the second book that I‘ve read by Rivers Solomon and the second that I‘ve enjoyed.

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This book is centered around 10 diseases (viruses, bacteria, protozoa) that have had lasting impacts on humanity. It includes the Bubonic Plague, Smallpox, Malaria, etc. It‘s an informative read. It needs a refresh since it was written in 2018 and occasionally contains sentences that betray that fact.

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Sula | Toni Morrison
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It is amazing how Toni Morrison can create a character as straightforward as Sula and yet leave you with so many questions and feelings.

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I enjoyed this biography of George Washington. It is more about the person, his relationships, his slaves, and his inner anxieties. It is a welcome and necessary addition to the corpus of books about Washington.

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Fugitive Telemetry | Martha Wells
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I‘m always sad when a Murderbot installment ends and this was no exception. More Murderbot please, Ms. Wells.

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A Song for a New Day | Sarah Pinsker
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This book has a pandemic / dystopian setting, but this is only a backdrop, really. Truly, this book is an homage to the power of live music and human connection. Great read.

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The focus of this graphic novel are the women who participated in and often led slave revolts. Hall talks a lot about how they‘ve been written out of history and their voices silenced. She does what she can to give them a voice.

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I remembered hearing this story years ago in one of my CS classes. It‘s well-written and an exciting journey uncovering the hacker and working with (and in spite of) various government agencies (that are loath to cooperate). For me, I enjoyed reading about the state of the field of computation in the late eighties (a few years before I entered).

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QualityLand: Roman | Marc-Uwe Kling
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This is a great satire of our relationship with technology, social media, etc. I would say that its primary target are algorithms that, one way or another, encode and, often, reinforce pre-existing prejudices. All the while, it manages to be pretty funny. John of Us for President!

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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I really enjoyed this book. It has mystery. It has an interesting sci-fi premise. And it has cultural relevance. It really packs a punch.

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The Ghost Brigades | John Scalzi
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This story is quite different from its predecessor, “The Old Man‘s War.” It deals with many of the uncomfortable features of the world that Scalzi created. Ultimately, I liked it better than the first book. It is deeper and more impactful.

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Old Man's War | John Scalzi
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This book was a lot of fun. The concept behind the story is fun, i.e. the elderly being offered the opportunity to serve humanity by defending distant colonies. I‘m excited to read the next one.

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Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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The zombie 🧟‍♂️ apocalypse through the eyes of Colson Whitehead. It is not my favorite book of his, but it is an interesting read.

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This book, in essence, is an argument for two positions: (1) materialism of mind; and (2) that differences in capabilities of mind between creatures should not generally be seen as categorical, rather matters of degree. I agreed with (1) beforehand. As for (2), I think that the author‘s position is fairly well argued. He‘s not quite as successful with some of the other positive elements of his thesis. It‘s a good read, esp if you like philosophy.

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Slow Waltz of Turtles | Katherine Pancol
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I‘ve honestly been struggling with whether to Pan this book or not. I really liked the previous book (“The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles”). This book, on the other hand, doesn‘t seem to know what to be. Yet, I still enjoyed the Jo character and that is the only reason I didn‘t pan.

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I read this book because it was referenced a few times in Heather McGhee‘s book (“The Sum of Us”) and it seemed a good follow up. It‘s a tough read, but a good one. It‘s not prescriptive in the way that McGhee‘s book is so it is naturally less hopeful.

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This is an important book. McGhee has given me a lot to think about and a new lens with which to do it. I‘d heard Heather McGhee speak a number of times since the release of her book, but didn‘t find it in any way repetitive.

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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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I really enjoyed “Black Sun” and I am definitely ready for the second book in the series. If I had one complaint, and it is minor, it is that I prefer when each book can satisfy on its own, apart from the series. It is a very delicate balance, for sure, and “Black Sun” falls very slightly to the wrong side of that judgement.

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Some of Ross Gay‘s delights made me delight. Others made me cringe. Some made me sad. And still others made me think.