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white queer anarcha-something migrant of worlds my reviews tend to be rants generally they/them

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Mark Jackson: Sigils (2021, Green Magic Publishers, Green Magic) 4 stars

A pocket guide to sigils and their use, from chaos magic to grimoires, with a …

mostly historical

4 stars

good if you want to learn the history of sigils. it also has a good number of examples of "old school" sigils and crafting technique. it only touches modern thought sigils, so, if you're looking for that, go elsewhere.

Sim Kern: The Free People's Village (2023, Levine Querido) 4 stars

In an alternate 2020 timeline, Al Gore won the 2000 election and declared a War …

not what i was expecting

3 stars

Content warning Spoilers?

Becky Chambers, Emmett Grosland: Prayer for the Crown-Shy (AudiobookFormat, 2022, Macmillan Audio) 5 stars

After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) …

yes and more

5 stars

i liked how the storytelling shifted and adapted with the story change that we have between the two groups. the discovery of the different human settlements and their societies is fascinating, thought-provoking and poetic all at once. i loved the ending, even if i had to read it multiple times to be sure. i will miss Dex and Mosscap. :(((

Becky Chambers: A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Hardcover, 2021, Tordotcom) 4 stars

It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; …

i want more of this

5 stars

as per title. more stories without the usual american conflicts and cartoony villains. more utopias and less dystopias. more writing that challenges our belief and makes us think, even if shortly, about the possibility of a different world. the relationship between the two characters is beautifully narrated.

Mariano Tomatis: La veggente indecorosa di Lourdes (Paperback, Italian language, Eris Edizioni) 5 stars

C’è una Lourdes che non conosciamo, che è stata cancellata dalla storia. Una Lourdes inaspettata …

quasi pianto ffs

5 stars

come tutte le storie che permettono di farti fantasticare riguardo "storie alternative", lascia un senso di amara tristezza nel cuore. immaginavo lourdes potesse essere un altro piano diabolico all'incrocio tra capitalismo e religione, ma non credevo foss così una merda!

l'unica cosa che non ho gradito è il tocco di anti-secolarismo di sinistra dell'autore. non sarà mai troppo tardi quando, finalmente, anche i sinistroidi intelletuali capiranno che non sono le religioni e le preghiere il problema, ma, come al solito, il buon vecchio capitalismo.

Various: Italian Witchcraft Charms and Neapolitan Witchcraft (Paperback, Read and Co. Books) 5 stars

This compact volume is a wealth of knowledge on Neapolitan witchcraft, with a primary focus …

too short too old

5 stars

giving it five stars because it is the only resource i found it about the subject so far, but saying it's outdated is an euphemism.

the first part about witchcraft in the neapolitan area has a nice beginning and nice ending, but the whole middle chunk is so boring...

the chapter about the cimaruta is very very nice, but then, again, old and, probably, for that same reason, could go more in depth on some things.

i really like the last chapter with the illustrations though. very 19th century. lol.

Ellen Clifford: The War on Disabled People (Paperback, 2022, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc) No rating

n 2016, a United Nations report found the UK government culpable for "grave and systematic …

i saw the author of this book talking a lot about disability as a social construct in online videos, and so i thought that her book was about that.

but the synopsis kind of says otherwise.

as anyone read it and can tell me more?

or just straight up suggest books that actually talk about social vs medical disability?


Jane Alison: Meander, Spiral, Explode (2019, Catapult) 1 star

As Jane Alison writes in the introduction to her insightful and appealing book about the …

o m g

1 star

boring. cant remember who suggested it to me, but i hate them now.

i won't read a "how to write" book for a long while.

also, the author acts all like girlboss-i-eat-men-for-brekkie and then every single example is from a white cis het dude. lol.

Dean Atta: Black Flamingo (Hardcover, 2019, Hachette Children's Group) 5 stars

Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London. All his life, he’s navigated …

so good, so real

5 stars

it's a teen queer story, but one that feels real for once, unlike some shitty tv series. there is doubt, there is mess, there is poetry, there is sex. but the teen sex, the one full of questions, discoveries, possibly dangerous, but in a naive way. i dont know what dean atta did, but i truly believe he was a 20 years old writing this. lol. anyway, very smooth and lovely read. it's classified as young adult and i found it in the children's section, but for that same reason it costs only £8, which is an amazing deal. eheh!

reviewed Begin The World Over by King Li Sun (Emergent Strategy Series, #1)

King Li Sun: Begin The World Over (Paperback, AK Press) 5 stars

A revolutionary tale of Black and Indigenous insurrection. History as it should have been. Begin …

i mean, i liked it, dont get me wrong...

5 stars

... but it's still just another "war" story. yep, it is liberation. yes, it is satisfying. yes, we need stories like this.

but i also want to know what happens after. give me confederalism. give me alternate universe. give me love after so much blood.

why do we always stop when things get interesting? sigh!