I wasn't expecting to be so mindblowned by it. I've learnt many things and understood better many others. This is a short and necessary reading for everyone. And for you in particular. Yes, you.
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After The Dispossessed, it was nice to read another "anarchist fiction", but with some queerness in it this time. Two completely different kind of stories of course, but both enjoyable. While TD focus is on a bigger scale, Killjoy narrates the story of a chosen family. It was fun to see the not-at-all-subtle voice of the publisher, especially when queer-related content ended up being "explained". This world is so boring.
I mean, everybody has read it already over here, right? The only thing I would "criticise" are some outdated and not very inclusive ideas/concepts. However, this is only pushing me to find more queer and contemporary fiction. Or, worst case scenario, write it myself. :P
So, you got a queer sci-fi coming of age story. But also a queer young adult epic. Then you have this amazing drawing style that turns everything soothing and cosy. Hence, when the drama happens doesn't really mess up with your brain. Which is a plus, I believe, nowadays.
And there's an abyss before victim and survivor.
The longest collection of poetry I've read recently. A very long and deep journey.
Which inevitably reminded me of "I May Destroy You", Michaela Coel's TV series. Which I believe we all should watch no matter what.
... you end up spelling Vanessa Kisuule.
A journey through cooking as art and memories as history. The sorcery is in the way she gets you stuck on that little book until you finish it.
She's amazing. I can't wait to see her performing live.
I've read the original edition from The Anarchist Library (hence no Donna Haraway introduction or Lee Bull illustrations).
However, that's more than what you need to realise how the patriarchy (or whatever you want to identify as the main issue) has infected literally anything. Also the way we see, use and absorb storytelling.
Like, I've possibly thought about all of those issues listed in this tiny book already, but the way Le Guin just put them altogether while also offering a constructive alternative is enlightening.