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EBooks I have read (the paper books are at home, post about them some other time):

Whipping Girl; Julia Serano

A book about trans* issues. I found this very interesting; some things I did know about and lots of things I didn't, she doesn't talk down to the reader but does explain her use of domain-specific terms so I was never lost in a sea of jargon. I feel more informed now, although mostly in a "I know the shape of the holes in my knowledge" sort of way than a "now I know everything way" (which I think is probably good).

Think; Lisa Bloom

This book is aimed at convincing women to stop reading silly celebrity magazines and care about real news instead. Unfortunately she comes over (to me, at least) as annoying and patronising; also very US specific with her sources (and in places woefully uninformed about the world outside the US - yes yes, our stupid peerage system is stupid but we don't actually learn about its stupid intricacies in school). I don't habitually read celebrity gossip magazines and actually came away with a desire to do so merely to spite the author. I do not recommend this book at all.

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay; Suzanne Collins

These books are YA fantasy; I felt the first was rather of the extruded fantasy product for young adults mold but the sequels grabbed me and wouldn't let me stop reading :-) Overall a fun read, and although the style is aimed at the YA audience I didn't find it patronising or overly simplistic.

The Clockwork Rocket; Greg Egan

Book 1 of an currently unfinished trilogy. I think Egan is getting better at writing people, although this does still have more physics than plot :-p The setting is a universe with very different physics, the story mostly about characters learning about how their physics works. There is back-up information on Egan's website for the interested and confused.

Saturn's Children; Charlie Stross

I have to confess that I'm not actually much of a Stross fan (sorry), but I did enjoy this one.

Liars and Outliars; Bruce Schneier

This book has essentially one point - there are a bunch of ways that society controls our actions and how the different social, legal, technical, moral etc. pressures stack up are different in different situations. It's a nice enough point, and I can imagine it would make a nice essay. But this book is far too long; all he does is make the same points OVER AND OVER AGAIN. OK Bruce WE GOT IT ALREADY. teeeeeeedious.

Our Bodies Ourselves; various

This is one of the seminal works of feminism, I'm told it has revolutionised people's lives. Personally I found it extremely simplistic. I think this mostly says bad things about the sex and health education provided in America; rather than about the authors of the book. It's a weighty tome (or would be, if I had had a paper copy), and does serve as a good introduction to many women's health topics (although it is rather more sympathetic towards "alternative" medicine than I would have liked). Strong US bias in some areas (navigating the US health care system is detailed for instance, USian support groups are linked) but a human body is a human body wherever you are.

Little Brother; Corry Doctorow

I found this rather didactic, and a bit heavy on the tell rather than show. But I did actually care about the characters and plot by the end.

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Date: 2012-05-09 08:34 pm (UTC)
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The Clockwork Rocket; Greg Egan

Ooh, there's a new Egan? <ears perk up>

Saturn's Children; Charlie Stross

I have to confess that I'm not actually much of a Stross fan (sorry), but I did enjoy this one.


If you're not much of a Stross fan, what were you doing reading it? <puzzled>

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