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Even Though I Knew the End (EBook, 2022, Doherty Associates, Tor) 4 stars

A magical detective dives into the affairs of Chicago's divine monsters to secure a future …

Queer noir, but with demons!

4 stars

Hard to say very much about this novella, without spoiling it, but I found it a thrilling page-turner, full of twists, but much more emotionally involving than I'd normally associate with noir.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built (EBook, 2021, Tom Doherty Associates) 4 stars

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

Cozy but thought-provoking

5 stars

My first Becky Chambers book, and I think I finally understand the enthusiasm. Wonderful developing relationship between Dex and Mosscap, lots of nature, and woven throughout the story, and increasing towards the end, the struggle to find meaning in life.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built (EBook, 2021, Tom Doherty Associates) 4 stars

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

Dex exhaled and squeezed the metal digits tightly, and as they did so, the lights on Mosscap's fingertips made their skin glow red. "Oh, my!" Mosscap cried. "Is that--" It pulled Dex's hand up, and pressed one of its fingertips to theirs, bringing out the red more intensely. "Is that your blood?" Mosscap looked enthralled. "I've never thought to do this with an animal before! I mean, I can't imagine one would let me get close enough to--" Its eyes flickered; its face fell. "This isn't the point of holding hands, is it?" it said, embarrassed, already knowing the answer. "No," Dex said with a kind laugh. "But it's cool. Go ahead." "Are you sure?" Dex held up their palm, fingers spread wide. "Yeah," they said, and let the robot study them.

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Value of Radical Theory (2013, AK Press) 4 stars

Very readable introduction to Marxist theory

4 stars

The writing is very clear and accesible, specialized terminology is obviously unavoidable, but he makes an effort to define his terms and interpret those that come from Marx.

Most of the book is basically an introduction to the marxist understanding of capitalism, with some anarchist commentary interspersed here and there.

In the end, there is some comments on how anarchists can embrace some of Marx's theory, and how some of his writings are contradictory with anarchist principles.

I would have liked to read more on actual anarchist takes on Marx, but that is lacking. He does more personal takes, and takes of anarchist figureheads such as Bakunin, Kropotkin, atc.

Overall, it is a well written, albeit concise introduction for those unfamiliar with Marx's political economy.

replied to shans's status Thanks -- glad you liked it. "Less is More" is definitely worth a read; I'd say it was one of the best non-fiction books I read in 2021. Btw, Jason Hickel is on Mastodon too, though I don't think he posts very much.

Funny that you mention "Prosperity Without Growth". I have a vague recollection of starting to read it, but finding it too dense and dry to get very far with, and I gave up. I can well imagine "Post Growth" feeling like a refreshing change after that. :)