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Mon, Nov. 11th, 2019, 01:56 pm
Nonfiction

Joy Lisi Rankin, A People’s History of Computing in the United States: think differentCollapse )
Scott Stern, The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison “Promiscuous” Women: hidden historyCollapse )
Marcy Norton, Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World: copy catsCollapse )
Robert J. Shiller, Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events: story timeCollapse )
Rory Sutherland, Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life: cute anecdotes; shame about the smug misogynyCollapse )

Sady Doyle, Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power: media studiesCollapse )
Fei-Hsien Wang, Pirates and Publishers: A Social History of Copyright in Modern China: parallel historiesCollapse )

Peter Watts, Peter Watts Is an Angry Sentient Tumor: Revenge Fantasies and Essays: mostly essaysCollapse )

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Sat, Nov. 9th, 2019, 03:56 pm
SPN beta sought

 I have a Sam/Dean story finally ready for beta for Fandom Trumps Hate.  If that's not your thing, I should soon have a Dean/Castiel story for another bidder.

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Tue, Oct. 29th, 2019, 03:48 pm
Fiction

The New Voices of Science Fiction, ed. Hannu Rajaniemi & Jacob Weisman: yay new voicesCollapse )

Seanan McGuire, Laughter at the Academyshort storiesCollapse )
John Scalzi, A Very Scalzi Christmasxmas storiesCollapse )
Rainbow Rowell, Attachmentsbig crusher is watchingCollapse )
Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone, This Is How You Lose the Time Warred v blueCollapse )
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth Housea different kind of fantasy for BardugoCollapse )
L.L. McKinney, A Blade So BlackAlice in Wonderland kicks assCollapse )
Alexis Hall, The Affair of the Mysterious LetterSherlock Holmes x many fantasy/horror tropesCollapse )
Ada Hoffman, The Outsidethere were AO3 style tags on the back cover, like autistics in spaceCollapse )

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Fri, Oct. 11th, 2019, 02:25 pm
Nonfiction

Jeanne Theoharis, A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History: control the pastCollapse )
Margaret O'Mara, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America: slightCollapse )
Karen L. Cox, Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South: true crimeCollapse )
Randall Munroe, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems: what it says on the tinCollapse )

Cecilia Aragon & Katie Davis, Writers in the Secret Garden: Fanfiction, Youth, and New Forms of Mentoring: big dataCollapse )
Linda E. Fisher & Judith Fox, The Foreclosure Echo: How the Hardest Hit Have Been Left Out of the Economic Recovery: so much to be angry aboutCollapse )

Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist: behavior first, belief afterCollapse )

David I. Kertzer, The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe: willing helpersCollapse )

Karen Armstrong, Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence: religion's not so murderousCollapse )


Daniel K. Richter, Before the Revolution: America’s Ancient Pasts: prehistory as historyCollapse )

Fredrik Logevall, Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam: tragedyCollapse )

David Grann, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: highly committed peopleCollapse )

Kristin L. Hoganson, The Heartland: An American History:heartland as interchangeCollapse )

Gary Krist, Empire of Sin: New OrleansCollapse )

David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBIslow motion genocideCollapse )

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Thu, Oct. 10th, 2019, 05:03 pm
fiction

Julie Czernada, The Gossamer Mage: language fantasyCollapse )

Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Snipes, and William Hutson, The Deep: not as positive a review as I wanted to leaveCollapse )

Stephen King, The Institute: you'll like it if you like this kind of thingCollapse )

Django Wexler, Ship of Smoke and Steel: worldbuilding, shipbuildingCollapse )

Best of British SF 2018, ed. Donna Scott: the future is fantasticCollapse )

Ginn Hale, Master of Restless Shadows: palace politicsCollapse )

Margaret Owen, The Merciful Crow: life and death fantasyCollapse )

Max Gladstone, Empress of Forever: future shockCollapse )

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Mon, Aug. 26th, 2019, 02:49 pm
Fiction

Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up with MeYA graphic novelCollapse )

Sarah Kuhn, Unsung HeroinenovellaCollapse ).

Bridget Collins, The Bindingbook fantasyCollapse )
Tobias S. Buckell, Tides from the New Worldsshort storiesCollapse )
Julie E. Czernada, In the Company of Otherssf about diminished expectationsCollapse )
Mackenzi Lee, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and VirtueYA queer regency-ish romanceCollapse )
T. Kingfisher, Toad Words and Other Storiestwice told talesCollapse )
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Empire in Black and Goldinsect worldCollapse )
Richard Kadrey, The Grand Darksteampunk Weimar republicCollapse )

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Fri, Aug. 16th, 2019, 04:24 pm
Nonfiction

Karl Jacoby, The Strange Career of William Ellisborder crossingsCollapse )
Anand Giridharas, The True American: Murder and Mercy in TexasTwo AmericansCollapse )
Mae Ngai, The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese Americaimmigrants: we get the job doneCollapse )
Simon Schama, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolutionshort review, long bookCollapse )
Stephanie Land, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to SurvivememoirCollapse ) 

Richard Holmes, The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Sciencehistory through biographyCollapse )
Robert M. Sapolsky, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worstthere's no homunculus in the brainCollapse )
Mike Mullane, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronautred-blooded AmericanCollapse )

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Thu, Aug. 15th, 2019, 11:29 am
Nonfiction

Eileen Yuk-Ha Tsang, China’s Commercial Sexscapes: Rethinking Intimacy, Masculinity, and Criminal Justicesex work and intellectual work in ChinaCollapse )

Bruce Catton, The Battle of Gettysburg: Short overview of the military aspects of the battle: key strategic and tactical decisions, with a brief coda on the Gettysburg Address. Maybe useful as a refresher if you were going to visit.

David Faris, It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politicsthought-provoking ideasCollapse ) 

Sharon Lamb, The Not Good Enough Motherhard but good readingCollapse )

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Tue, Aug. 13th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Nonfiction

Tara Westover, Educated: A Memoirtough loveCollapse )
Greg Grandin, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of Americaintellectual historyCollapse )
James C. Scott, Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest StatesanthropologyCollapse )
Shane Harris, [@]War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complexwe're all gonna dieCollapse )
Caroline Criado Perez, Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Menhave some rageCollapse )

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Mon, Aug. 12th, 2019, 03:07 pm
Six the Musical & some nonfiction

We saw Six in London; my daughter fell in love and spent a full day watching performances on YouTube, which made me think of the days when fannishness required going uphill in the snow, both ways... (I thought it was fine but I would've clearly gotten more out of it had I been more familiar with the conventions of European song shows. Also I went & saw Hamilton in Chicago, and that was more awesome, sorry not sorry as Anne might say.)


Lydia Pyne, Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stufftreachery of imitationCollapse )

Kathleen DuVal, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolutionwhat was happening in Florida?Collapse )
Daniel Okrent, The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of Americathe previous triumph of racist exclusionistsCollapse )

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