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Terrifying

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

Absolutely fascinating and on-point look at the way the internet outrage machine punishes people who don't meet the requirements of whatever is deemed to be acceptable behaviour. This book looks as how a single insensitive tweet can completely destroy the life of the person who sent it, and shines a light on how mass-humiliation is used to silence and ruin people who made even a single minor mistake. Jon Ronson critically examines the desire of the internet hive-mind to "take people to task" without any regard for what the long term impact of say, ending the career of a woman for delivering a poorly-worded joke about white privilege, will have before they move onto the next person who possibly pretended to yell in front of a sign that asked for silence at a war memorial.

While the book touches on the added angle of misogyny in a lot of this shaming, I feel like it could have been explored more thoroughly, but that's a whole other book.

All in all, this is an incredibly eye-opening read.

A very effective line: "Shamings are always about more than the transgression."

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Charming

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

It's about 60% charm and 40% trope, a little bit contrived, and surprising in literally 0 ways, but reading it wasn't a punishment or anything and it's light and fun. The author hit a lot of cultural notes and alluded to some gnarly real-world stuff, but the book never actually explores any of the more mature themes. I'm kind of glad, it would have dragged down the overall story, but sometimes just hinting at a theme and not exploring it is worse than anything.

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Big Meh

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

Another book about another lady werewolf, only she's literally the only female werewolf on the planet. Already you know ~she's not like other girls.~ She's definitely so so pretty and attractive, but doesn't really know it, but constantly reiterates how much men are attracted to her. Obviously she doesn't know about dresses and shoes because like I said, ~she's not like other girls and totally wouldn't stoop to that level of shallowness~ and there's pack politics and a love triangle between a super boring dude who doesn't know she's a werewolf and the dude she's been passionately in love with for a decade but like, he bit her and turned her into a monster, obviously, and so there's...tension. Even though there are pornographic scenes of their "coupling." There's kidnappings and murders and love and blood and bla bla bla.

This book hits every single required trope in the supernatural genre. It gets 3 stars because it finished stronger than it started, but I'm in no hurry to read any of the other books in this series.

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Not As Good As It Should Be

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

Sapiens spends a lot of words not really saying anything. The first 2/3 of the book is about the origin of our species and the cognitive and agricultural revolutions, the downfall of Neanderthal. This was the interesting section. The back third of the book is The author postulating on what the point of humanity might be, while aggressively not knowing the difference between sex and gender and constantly conflating the two.

I can’t tell if this book is nihilist or if it’s hopeful, or if the author even likes being a human. He seems to have a pretty poor view about our worth overall.

The philosophies of morality, ethics, and law basically are reduced to “imagination” by the author who doesn’t bother looking at the nuance of why those things separate us from the animals, and he kind of treats these things with disdain. He’s the bro in the entry level philosophy class who has nothing to contribute but “everything is a social construct, so I’m not subject to laws durr” like some Libertarian backwash.

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Inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

Another book I'm going to have to buy in hard copy.

I think some of her changes are a little extreme, and frankly the opposite of simplifying anything, but I've been working towards reducing my negative environmental impact for a while and I know there's more I can do. It's difficult living in a condo without outdoor space, and not being rich like the author's family, but there are lots of good tips here.

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Excellent Thought Experiment

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

It's a great read, it's an interesting premise, and as a thought experiment, it's very compelling.

I'm not convinced that women would become sexually violent (or even just as regular violent) as men are, regardless of physical strengths being reversed, but I like the idea of entire generations of women growing up not being afraid of how men will hurt them.

And oh my god, that last line. *chef's kiss*

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Liberal Feminism is a Disease

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

There's no intellect here. It's aggressive, choosy-choice feminism that completely abandons the theories that are the foundation of feminism (i.e. LIBERATION FROM PATRIARCHY). DO NOT BOTHER.

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Ronan Farrow is immensely competent

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

There is nothing, NOTHING, more dramatic than politics. This has been true historically and is no less true today, especially with an incompetent toddler running a government via a narcissistic twitter feed.

Ronan Farrow is a skilled, experienced, intelligent public servant and journalist, and his work here is impressive and terrifying. I'm not necessarily opposed to the decline of American influence, but I am certainly opposed to increased militaristic activities that are funded by or happening as a result of the American government. I hope the world will recover from this collapse of diplomacy.

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Subversive and super fun

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

This book was pretty fun. It's a tight narrative, not a lot of wasted space, and it kept me laughing the entire time. There's an interesting metaphor for misogyny here and the way it's executed is pretty successful, no matter how depressing it winds up being.

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Surprising

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

3.5 stars

Hey, a female protagonist in a supernatural fiction who doesn't solely exist to be ~not like other girls?~ I'll take it! It's not quite as Buffy as it wants to be, but the writing is easy to read, the plot is pretty organised, there's no obnoxious love triangle bullshit. There's one part where Kate Daniels gets all dressed up and does that thing where she talks about how she's never been able to gain weight that isn't muscle, but her waist is SO NARROW but at least she can still run, right?? HAHA and that part was cloying, but I'm interested in the universe and I'll pick up the next one for sure.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful