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i read a lot of science fiction but also a lot of other random stuff. libraries are good. i also like the little free variety of library, used bookstores, & the high seas. he/him

my fake and arbitrary rating system: - 5 stars: good. i recommend it - 4 stars: fine, but not entirely my cup of tea - 3 stars: not good, but with some redeeming qualities that might make it worth reading - 2 stars: bad, with a few redeeming qualities - 1 star: horrible

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You Look Like a Thing and I Love You (Paperback, 2021, Voracious) 5 étoiles

how many giraffes are in this review

5 stars

i read this, like many people did i suspect, because i like Janelle Shane's AI Weirdness blog. This book does rehash some of the material from the blog as you'd expect, but the focus is more on explaining AI in a non-technical, non-sensational, & friendly manner. Probably the people who would get the most out of it are those whose knowledge of AI begins & ends with how they're portrayed in the news & in fiction.

Exit Strategy (2018) 3 stars

"Martha Wells's Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling …

i think i'm gonna read this next, i've just gotten through "the big time" and "dragonflight" & i need something that won't drop something egregiously horrible on me like a ton of bricks like it's normal and OK

reviewed Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonflight (Paperback, 1978, Del Rey) 3 stars

HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, …

There's one glaring issue I can't get over

3 stars

The good: it's an interesting world with interesting characters, it's reasonably paced & well written. The audiobook read by Dick Hill is terrific, he's a very good actor.

The neutral: it's kind of an odd idea to justify a high fantasy world with a science fiction premise. (Ursula K. Le Guin also did this with the early Hainish novels, particularly the first one, Rocannon's World.) The SF elements do enter more into the story as the book progresses, leading to a somewhat bizarre, but satisfying conclusion.

The bad: First of all I find it difficult to relate to nobility, which is unfortunate because nearly all the named characters in this story are some variety of noble. The whole plot of the book serves to justify the Dragonmen's rule over the Holds (themselves feudal). It's made obvious that (literal) draconic protection is necessary, but it surely could be achieved without Draconic …

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Dragonflight (Paperback, 1978, Del Rey) 3 stars

HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, …

Content warning sexual assault

Dragonflight (Paperback, 1978, Del Rey) 3 stars

HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, …

I think I just have a hard time relating to nobility & sympathizing with the ideology of Pure and Noble Bloodlines. At least I've had some vindication because Lessa seems to also think that F'lar is a bit of a prick

Dragonflight (Paperback, 1978, Del Rey) 3 stars

HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, …

Fax is a horrible person, & is in an antagonistic role, so that makes sense, but F'lar is also kind of a prick, & he seems to be set up as the protagonist—at least it's from his viewpoint much of the time. Too soon to tell whether this is intentional