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Agenderfluid mess. Likes SF, fantasy, and queer literature.

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The Transgender Issue (2021, Allen Lane) 4 stars

Review of 'The Transgender Issue' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Here we have another case of "great content, flawed execution".

First things first: this book is great. Shon Faye is right about 99.9% the things she says, and there are no two pages in this book where I didn't underline at least one sentence of the "louder for the people in the back" variety. She accurately details a huge number of problems trans people are faced with today, in general and in Britain in particular; she describes the various ways transphobia can express itself, highlights the crucial intersections between the liberations of trans, disabled, and BAME/BIPoC people, and all the ways in which trans people's liberation is inseparably connected with the struggle of the working class for freedom. She debunks several transphobic myths, dissects the media-driven moral panic about us, describes in detail the unholy alliance between reactionary "feminists" and American neo-nazis, and envisions a better world in which workers' …

Kurze Antworten auf große Fragen (German language, 2018) 1 star

Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a popular science book written by physicist Stephen …

Review of 'Kurze Antworten auf große Fragen' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

The title promises "brief answers", and the (German) blurb claims said answers are "accessible and clear". Unfortunately, the answer are neither brief nor accessible.

The book is a compilation of texts from Hawking, begun during his lifetime and finished posthumously. The patchwork nature of the book shows, unfortunately, as several thoughts or explanations (such as about the dangers of artificial intelligence or the components of DNA) are repeated multiple times throughout the book. Overall, much of the writing seems incoherent, with sudden, unexpected tangents to different topics. Many times, Hawking's "brief" answers go on for well over 20 or even 30 pages, and I am left thinking that the answer could have been summarised within 10, had it not been for several off-topic passages.

The answers themselves are hardly suitable for the kind of layman the marketing suggests they were written for. Complex theories and concepts are presented with little …

The Demigod Diaries 3 stars

The Demigod Diaries is a collection of short stories relating to The Heroes of Olympus …

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3 stars

Rick Riordan's second short story collection disappoints as much as the first. Among the almost 240 pages, about a third are filled with puzzles, games, and cringeworthy "behind the scenes" content clearly aimed at the younger portion of his audience; already a teenager (which there are plenty of among Percy Jackson's fans) would be bored to tears. What remains are three short stories: The Diary of Luke Castellan, The Staff of Hermes, and The Son of Magic, the latter having been written by Riordan's son Haley.

The quality of the shorts varies quite a bit. While Luke's diary entry is somewhat solemn in tone and gives an interesting insight into the character of Luke, The Staff of Hermes is the sort of brainless comedy I've come to expect from Riordan's more recent works (already showing during the Heroes of Olympus series, and painfully obvious during the Trials …

Trans. Frau. Sein. (Paperback, German language, 2018, Edition Assemblage) 3 stars

Das Buch beschreibt bestehende Diskriminierungsmechanismen, die sich gegen transgeschlechtliche Menschen richten. Die Kritik der Autorin …

Review of 'Trans. Frau. Sein.' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Um es kurz zu machen: inhaltlich gut, grauenhaft gemacht.

Am Anfang des Buches wird der Name der lektorierenden Person genannt. Was genau diese Person beruflich macht, ich weiß es nicht, aber Lektorat ist es jedenfalls nicht.

Um mit Lob anzufangen: das Buch ist inhaltlich korrekt und sagt viel wichtiges. Frau Ewert weiß wovon sie spricht und es gibt viele Sätze hierin, die ich gerne doppelt unterstreichen oder auf irgendwelche Hauswände plakatieren möchte. Es wird umfassend auf viele Themen eingegangen, von der Frage "was ist Geschlecht eigentlich", über zahlreiche Facetten des Lebens als trans Person, zu detaillierten Dekonstruktionen verschiedener Ausdrucksformen von Transfeindlichkeit. So weit, so gut.

Leider ist das Buch ansonsten extrem schlecht gemacht. Bekäme ich einen Euro für jeden Rechtschreib- und Grammatikfehler, ich könnte den Verlag aufkaufen. Kein Kapitel kommt aus ohne komplett vermeidbare Falschschreibungen ("Verglecihe", "Feministiinnen", "todgeschwiegen") und dergleichen. Die Kommasetzung ist chaotisch und lässt keinerlei Konsistenz erkennen, …

Homerecording (Undetermined language, 2007, bhv) 2 stars

Review of 'Homerecording' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

The author talks a lot and says very little. Significant portions of the book are spent not explaining or conveying any useful knowledge (especially not the kind that may enable the reader to understand the underlying concepts regardless of specific products), but instead throwing around big words and showcasing products the author recommends. I read this book starting out and was none the wiser, later read it again after several years of self-study, and I reckon I could give a more comprehensive introduction given two hours and a computer for demonstration purposes.