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Wed, Feb. 13th, 2019, 01:18 pm
Nonfiction

Peter Godfrey-Smith, Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness: Whoa.Collapse )
Michelle Obama, Becoming:She was a first lady, take her for all and allCollapse )
Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin: Shakespeare's sisterCollapse )
Sarah Churchwell, Behold, America: The Entangled History of “America First” and “The American Dream”: one of these things is okCollapse )
Kamala Harris, The Truths We Hold: I'm listeningCollapse )
Christopher R. Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland: it's a dirty job and they did itCollapse )
Adam Tooze, Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World: we probably learned nothingCollapse )
Maria Francesca Piazzoni, The Real Fake: Authenticity and the Production of SpaceAn English Chinese townCollapse )

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Tue, Feb. 12th, 2019, 06:05 pm
Fiction

A People’s Future of the United Statesis that a trademark problem?Collapse )Meghan Scott Molin, The Frame-Upcomic book mysteryCollapse )
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Certain Dark Things:vampire intrigueCollapse )
Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotientsex work as meet cuteCollapse )
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Children of TimeSpiders inherit the starsCollapse )
N.J. Jemisin, How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?good questionCollapse )
Corinne Duyvis, On the Edge of GoneapocaficCollapse )
Ben Aaronovitch, Lies SleepingFaceless no more?Collapse )
Richard K. Morgan, Thin AirNoir MarsCollapse )

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Wed, Jan. 30th, 2019, 09:48 pm
Random updates, the night before class starts

 1. I'm trying the federated thing but not super sure how it works/how I will use it in a way that is not like Dreamwidth. Me: https://fandom.stopthatimp.net/channel/rivkat

2. Along with Black Lightning, I am enjoying S1 of The Orville far more than I probably should. It's not exactly good, but it is trying one thing with total commitment (being Star Trek with sitcom-office-interactions among the crew who are after all doing a job that in their universe is just a job).  I'm oddly charmed.

3. I just saw an announcement for a con called FanWorks and felt good about being a norm entrepreneur.  I do think there was a point in calling the varied kinds of fan creativity we wanted to preserve "fanworks"--"works" has a politics around labor and desert, and while it takes the focus off of the process of creation, which is valuable in and of itself, I think we needed that at the time because it was the material and immaterial artifacts that we needed to publicly protect and defend.

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Thu, Jan. 24th, 2019, 02:32 pm
Nonfiction

Robert Spoo, Modernism and the LawWilde, Pound, and in betweenCollapse )
Marisa J. Fuentes, Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archiveall the warningsCollapse )
Jill Lepore, These Truths: A History of the United StatesambitiousCollapse )
William I. Hitchcock, The Age of EisenhowerAmerican heroCollapse )
Hunter S. Thompson, Hell’s AngelsLots of rape (but Thompson doesn't think so)Collapse )
Louis Hyman, Temphighly recommendedCollapse )


Kate Moore, The Radium Girlsglowing in the darkCollapse )
Dessa, My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science and Senseless Lovewrote my way outCollapse )

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Thu, Jan. 24th, 2019, 02:13 pm
OMG a Smallville story (chapter)

Locked Room Mystery (6410 words) by rivkat
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Smallville
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Clark Kent, Lex Luthor
Additional Tags: Futurefic, President Lex, Eight crazy nights
Summary:

for daria234: Smallville futurefic where President Luthor, due to threat of natural disaster, is stuck for hours with that annoyingly ethical reporter Clark Kent. Since Lex is smart and Clark is a crap liar, once they're alone in a room together, Lex figures out that Clark must know something about him pre-memory-loss. Basically, Lex is brilliant and there's loads of UST (or ST that gets resolved ;) but also suspicion or antagonism.


Chapter notes: Um, ok. I think this might be my love letter to Smallville, not my first and not my last fandom and in many ways better for those things. Sorry it was so delayed, but sometimes you can't tell the story until it's ready for you.

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Mon, Jan. 7th, 2019, 01:09 pm
Estrogen and two fiction books

Fascinating article on estrogen and its under-studied relationship to psychosis.  In fact, estrogen seems comprehensively under-studied and under-explained. I am a conventionally well-educated Western woman and I had no idea what perimenopause was until my periods changed into the prom scene from Carrie (not the more discreet locker room scene, as previously had been the case).

William Alexander, Nomadmigration and those who would stop itCollapse )
Omar El Akkad, American Warwar is hellCollapse )

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Tue, Jan. 1st, 2019, 12:51 pm
Yuletide and fiction!

I got a lovely Killjoys fic for Yuletide! Breadcrumbs takes off from where canon stopped, showing various characters reacting to the memory wipe and Lucy saving the day.

I wrote an iZombie story: Completely Frank Liv,  featuring Clive and Liv undercover as a couple during Season 1, though Liv ends up more exposed than undercover.

KJ Charles, The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleighcute short storyCollapse )
Genevieve Cogman, The Mortal WordDragon murder!Collapse )Ramsey Campbell, Think Yourself Luckywriting is realityCollapse )
Welcome to Dystopia, ed. Gordon van Gelder.  sf for the Trump ageCollapse )
Sam J. Miller, Blackfish Cityclimate changes, people don'tCollapse )
R.F. Kuang, The Poppy Warall the warningsCollapse )
Joseph Bruchac, Killer of Enemiespost-apocalyptic Native fantasyCollapse )
Carol Berg, Flesh and Spiritdrug addiction fantasyCollapse )
Ilana C. Myer, Last Song Before Night:music fantasyCollapse )
William Alexander, AmbassadorYA immigration/sfCollapse )
Jacqueline Carey, Starlesssave the world fantasyCollapse )

Not One of Us: Stories of Aliens on Earth, ed. Neil Clarke.  sf and humanityCollapse )
Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Moonthe moon with Chinese characteristicsCollapse )

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Tue, Dec. 18th, 2018, 06:46 pm
Hi and random TV

Hi there! I am still lurking fannishly, with no great loves but many enjoyments. Including Black Lightning, which is currently my favorite Marvel/DC show in significant part because Jefferson and Anissa are routinely so over others' nonsense, including each others'. Also The 100, which I finally caught up with, and I have one thing to say: 6-month-old spoilersCollapse )
If you're of a mind to share your current enjoyments, please do so!

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Tue, Dec. 4th, 2018, 11:30 am
Nonfiction

Eric Klinenberg, Palaces for the Peoplelibraries are the bestCollapse )

Marie Hicks, Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computingpatriarchy sucksCollapse )
Rebecca Traister, Good and Mad: the Revolutionary Power of Women’s Angeranger as palate cleanserCollapse )
Jason Stanley, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and ThemVery effectively, in some waysCollapse )
Howard Mansfield, The Habit of Turning the World Upside DownProperty is motionCollapse )

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Fri, Nov. 30th, 2018, 01:43 pm
fiction

Yoon Ha Lee, Extracurricular Activities: Short story featuring Shuos Jedao before all that unpleasantness, back when he was merely an incredibly dangerous operative working in smaller-scale intelligence. Jedao leads a mission to rescue an old friend from a rival government and finds something different than he expected.

KJ Charles, The Price of Meat: If you get it. That is, the title is a Sweeney Todd reference, though in fact Sweeney is not the cannibal here, despite the presence of a Johanna in need of rescue from the lunatic asylum. The story is set in an alternate London with a section—the liberty—in which the queen’s law does not run; in order to secure help getting her beloved Johanna free from the asylum, our heroine goes undercover at Sawney Reynard’s barbershop, which backs up against the liberty and into which many men have of late disappeared. I didn’t quite get the point of having Sweeney Todd be a separate historical figure here (I suspect weird IP anxieties).

Lois McMaster Bujold, The Flowers of Vashnoi: Ekaterin investigates the remediation of a radioactive portion of the Vorkosigan lands and finds more than she expected, which is saying a lot since she expected to find glowing butterbugs that had been modified to eat radioactive material. A nice little story about small successes and failures.

Diane Duane, The Levin-Gad: Tales of the Five #1: I would have to reread the entire old series to fully get this story about one of the members of the titular goddess-touched group, but it was nice enough anyway. While other members of the family are otherwise occupied, a human goes to a bar in search of the Dark, much to the dismay of the barkeep.

Karen Healey & Robyn Fleming, The Empress of Timbra: Book One of the Hidden Histories: Fantasy in which two half-siblings, both recognized by their noble father though he didn’t marry either of their mothers (it’s that kind of society), have to use their wits and magical talents to survive a lot of palace intrigue that would like to kill one and put the other on the throne. I enjoyed it, though I could have done without the extended epilogue that is a parody of academic writing and treats the events of the main book as possibly apocryphal vestiges of a poorly understood past.

K.D. Edwards, The Last Sun: Rune is the sole survivor of the massacre of his House (and of a gang rape, to which there are a couple of fragmentary but intense/graphic flashbacks) who ekes out a living doing various magical retrieval jobs. The one that opens the book ends with him in custody of a traumatized seventeen-year-old, and then his semi-employer sends him on a job searching for another noble, who turns out to be (a) a hottie and (b) caught up in a very deadly plot. There is a lot of worldbuilding—this is all going on in what remains of Nantucket after the Atlanteans transferred a lot of their magic and a bunch of stolen buildings there in the wake of a war/disaster that destroyed Atlantis; they have Houses that track the Tarot Arcana and Rune’s the heir coming into Arcana power; they have cellphones as well as sigils that can store spells and that form the basis of Atlantean wealth; and I haven’t even mentioned Rune’s bonded Companion human. It’s a lot, but I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Vivian Vande Velde, Never Trust a Dead Man: Slight fantasy about a nebbishy, near-stalkery guy who is falsely accused of murdering his romantic rival, locked up to die with said rival’s corpse, and then self-indentured to a witch who promises to help him figure out the real killer in return for years of service. This ends up with the spirit of the dead guy in a bat disguised as a bird, with our hero disguised as a local girl. Basically everybody in it is a creep.

Martha Wells, The Cloud Roads: Moon doesn’t know what he is, only that he’s not like the other groundling races he’s met in his wanderings, and in his shapeshifted flying form he physically resembles the predatory Fell that like to tear the other sentient races apart for food and fun. After he’s discovered and left to die by his latest community, he’s rescued by another Raksura (which it turns out is what he is), but things don’t get a lot better. Moon is traumatized and distrustful, and many of the other Raksura he meets don’t trust him right back. It’s a good adventure story with a dash of found family, especially by the end, but there is a fair amount of biological determinism tied up with the different shapes and magical abilities of the different Raksura, if that’s not your thing.

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