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We're a plural system who loves queer & anarchist scifi.

But recently we just read a few randomly picked up mystery books in a row, in German, and we tend to review books in the language we read them in. That or similar may happen again, be warned.

No reading goals, just feelings.

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commented on Blackout by Marc Elsberg

Blackout (German language, 2013, Blanvalet) No rating

Blackout: Tomorrow Will Be Too Late is a disaster thriller book by the Austrian author …

Sooo it looks like my loan will run out before I finish this – it's 22 hours and I didn't crochet much recently. So far it's pretty much as I expected. Interesting thought experiment and a lot of "ooooh so that thing wouldn't work either, aah", a bit dry and repetitive and humans-are-mean, a sexist vibe. What surprised me is how bad the audiobook narration is – everyone gets their own unconvincing accent, it's terrible.

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The Mountain in the Sea (Paperback, 2023, Picador) 4 stars

Humankind discovers intelligent life in an octopus species with its own language and culture, and …

The Mountain in the Sea

5 stars

On the surface, this is a future sf book about discovering sentient octopuses and trying to communicate with them. But, this is no Children of Ruin or even a Feed Them Silence; it hinges less on plot and characters, and feels more about worldbuilding in service to philosophy.

I quite enjoyed this book, and the strongest part was just how tightly the book's themes and ideas intertwined through the book's different point of views and the worldbuilding. It's a not-so-far future book with sentient octopuses, overfished waters, AI boats that drive themselves in search of profit, drones driven by humans in tanks, and the first android (but one reviled by humanity). It's a book about language and communication, memory and forgetting, what it means to be human and exist in community, and about fear of others.

I Kissed Shara Wheeler (AudiobookFormat, 2022, Macmillan Audio) 4 stars

From the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Stop and Red, White & …

Yes I like this

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It's a petty high school rivalry/love story, so, don't expect anything else. Buuut. I like it a lot.

I don't usually appreciate those marketing comparisons of different authors. But I kept thinking two of them: - "this is like John Green (and maybe David Levithan) but without all the stuff that makes me roll my eyes" - "this is like Courtney Summers, but without all the terrible bad things happening"

It's fairly lighthearted, it has a lot of queers, and I like how the big plot/character issues are at the same time shown as deeply important and totally everyday.

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Starter Villain (2023, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

Inheriting your mysterious uncle's supervillain business is more complicated than you might imagine.

Sure, there …

Starter Villain

4 stars

A classic Scalzi one-shot novel--a fluffy snack with some good twists.

The basic setup is that down-on-his-luck Charlie Fitzer unexpectedly inherits his estranged billionaire uncle's villainous empire and now has to fend with other villains who were pissed at his uncle.

Key features:

  • volcano lair
  • jerk dolphins who want to unionize
  • zoom call power plays
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How to Keep House While Drowning (EBook, S&S/Simon Element) 4 stars

How to Keep House While Drowning

4 stars

How to Keep House While Drowning felt like a distilled therapy session about cleaning. I saw this recommended on fedi somewhere, and felt like this was useful for me to read right now. It's less "here's my life hack productivity advice for folding shirts" and more "here's some better ways to think about and emotionally approach taking care of yourself and your space". (Honestly, this is probably the more valuable thing.)

A bunch of thoughts I enjoyed that stuck with me: * cleaning is morally neutral * your space exists to serve you (do you hang clothes on a chair? if that works for you, then that's awesome) * interrogating preconceived notions of what cleaning looks like * prioritizing health > comfort > happiness in care tasks (and cutting out perfectionism saying you have to do all of these things all of the time) * balance in care tasks between …