Pratchett has a great sense of wit and humor and it comes through in this piece. Great for a first foray into the DiscWorld. I appreciated the ending on this one more than I did on the other two I've read, and both my partner and I had plenty of laugh-out-loud moments while reading
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I appreciate Pratchett's commitment to the absurd, though I thought the Deus Ex ending was a bit heavy-handed and could've used more nuance and gravitas. Still, it's worth the read, even if you haven't delved too much into the Discworld series
Great piece of work. The first one of Pratchett's I happen to read. The beginning was a little difficult for me given all the characters introduced but it picks up and was actually really engaging and incredibly relevant to issues of mis/disinformation today
I enjoyed the premise and context - intergenerational authors and advocates joining their voices to the creation of Bear Ears National Monument Park. It's nice to see Native voices included, though it still feels lacking given it was a Tribal Coalition-led endeavor. At times, particularly with the older authors, it's too liberal white-gazey for me to give it more than 3 stars. The few phenomenal pieces peppered in between, and the historical nature of the context make this worth a casual read.
Incredible gift from Alice Wong to the world, and especially to those in the disability and other advocacy communities who look to her example. Phenomenal insight into her life, mind, and incredible example at setting boundaries on the abled gaze
Partner and I started reading this to each other before bed but some of the stories were too stressful for my partner to read at night. Fantastic collection, incredible pieces. There were a few that were a bit hit or miss for me (in the 3 star range) due to either pacing or writing style, but most of the stories were both heart wrenchingly beautiful and incredibly insightful.
Unfortunately, the only thing that rescues this book is Franzen's skill with language. That the pacing is off and choice of an ending strange is the least of its issues. It's like he got bored with his commission gig and rushed the end. The book includes everything from misogyny to neolib white saviorism, ableism, fetishization of Black, Indigenous, and Latinx cultures, and insinuations of incest and pedophilia. If I remember "Freedom" correctly, Franzen loves his suburban family tragedies. Even if you do too, this one is NOT worth your time.