[sticky entry] Sticky: Introduction Post!

Sep. 19th, 2010 07:27 am
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Hi there! I'm Sophia, and this is my journal. If you want to know more about me and about what you can find on my journal, this is the place! )
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I think my main take-away is that spending 2.5 months slowly reading through a book about the history of money makes money start to feel really really fake. I mean I already knew it's a human construct that we all collectively agree to give meaning to, and which would otherwise have no objective worth, but the whole thing is just feeling a little more ridiculous now.

Anyway: this is a good book! And very interesting! Does a good job of challenging some assumptions that the field of economy is based on, which tend to ignore the complicatedness of human relationships in favour of equations based on rational self-interest. Also the myth of barter.

It was fascinating to read the anthropology/history about the ways various groups of humans throughout time and space have approached concepts of debt, trade, cash money or lack thereof, etc. A good reminder that our current understanding of these things is by no means obvious, universal, or the best way to do things.

I wasn't expecting this book to come out nearly so strongly in critique of modern capitalism at the end as it did. I remember this being a popular book when it came out, and North America as a whole is pretty pro-capitalism! So that was a bit of a surprise. Though maybe it shouldn't have been given that the 2008 financial crisis formed the impetus for the author to write this book.
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An interesting book, though not quite what I was expecting it to be! I put a hold on the ebook at my library on a whim, based on nothing more than the cover and title which I saw when browsing Overdrive. I was expecting something more in the line of a memoir/autobiography. What this book actually is: a collection of writings from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg over the years, with bits of introductory material contextualizing the pieces.

So it was still very interesting, even if not what I was expecting. It's much more about US law than it is about Ginsburg herself. So I now know a lot more about how the Supreme Court works. Ginsburg comes across very well in this book though - intelligent, articulate, caring. (Also she's REALLY REALLY SHORT oh my gosh, those pictures at the end, she is always by far the smallest person in any given photograph.)

The last section of the book shares a number of her recent dissents, which is a rather depressing note to end on. She argues forcefully for what I would agree is the correct decision on issues like women's reproductive rights, and it's so sad to know that these pieces are the dissent and not the opinion of the court.

It was weird to read her praise of Scalia throughout the book. He's the Justice she refers to most often, and it seems she genuinely liked him as a person. It feels weird to hold that knowledge alongside the knowledge that he vociferously fought for the exact opposite side on a lot of issues she clearly thinks are of dire importance in the lives of many people. I don't know if I could be friends with someone who so actively worked for so much of what I would consider to be harm in the world as Scalia did.

It's also depressing to read this book in the context of knowing that Scalia's seat is gonna be filled by a Donald Trump nominee. Auuuggghhhhhhhhhh. I just hope he doesn't get the chance to replace any other Justices as well. Ginsburg seems to be in good health for an 83 year old and I HOPE SHE STAYS THAT WAY. FOR AS MANY YEARS AS NECESSARY.
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All my 2016 reads are finally posted! I'm so bad at posting my book thoughts in a timely manner. But now I can do my 2016 roundup!

List of books read )

Analysis and stats )
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This is the last of my read-in-2016 books to post!

Ursula Vernon (under her penname T. Kingfisher) released this story as an online serial over the last several months, and it ended on December 29. It was wonderful following it as a serial, with new updates to look forward to twice a week! And when I read the last part it was weird to think that was actually over.

It's a portal fantasy, and stars a girl named Summer who gets sent to the magical world of Orcus by Baba Yaga in search of her heart's desire. She meets friends, but she also meets awful things happening. The whole thing is done with Vernon's usual depth and soul, as well as her usual delightful quirkiness, and the combination of these things makes for a wonderful book. In the early stages of release, Vernon seemed to be somewhat nervous about presenting this book to the world, thinking it maybe too odd to really work for people, but: it works. It really works. It's wonderful.

It's hard to know how to talk about this book in more detail though, because I was reading it for months, so a lot of the details were already fuzzy by the time I got to the end. But I highly recommend it, and you can read the whole thing here.
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A journal housekeeping note: I have disabled anonymous commenting on the LJ side of my blog, since I've been getting so many spam comments on old posts on LJ. But anon commenting is still available on the DW side for anyone who wants/needs it.
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A really charming middle-grade novel about a trans girl who wants to play Charlotte in the school play about Charlotte's Web and is told she can't because she's a boy. I'm going to call the main character Melissa in this review, because that's her chosen name, even though for most of the book she goes by her birth name of George.

Read more... )
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For starters, I LOVED it. It's the first in a projected fairly long series, and in some respects you can really see that she's working to set up a lot of things for future storylines to lead from. But it works!

cut for spoilers )
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Next up in my Great Courtney Milan Readthrough of November (....yes I am very behind in posting) is the Turner Series! Which I found pretttty uneven in my enjoyment of. I strongly disliked a major aspect of one of the three books, and adored the other two books.

Not even mentioned here: the side novella Unlocked, which I disliked enough that I didn't bother finishing.

Unveiled, by Courtney Milan )

Unraveled, by Courtney Milan )

Unclaimed, by Courtney Milan )
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Hey so the fic I wrote for yuletide this year was the following!

One Step (1786 words) by sophia_sol
Fandom: Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Areida & Char & Ella (Ella Enchanted), Char/Ella (Ella Enchanted)
Characters: Areida (Ella Enchanted), Ella of Frell, Prince Charmont

Summary: On Ella and Char's first official state visit to Ayortha after King Jerrold's death and King Char's crowning, I did not expect to see them for more than a brief night's stopover. What would keep them in Amonta, after all, when the politics happen in the capital?


And now that reveals are past, I can also post my book thoughts about this book without revealing what I wrote for yuletide!

Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine

A charming retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella! I read this book a lot as a kid, and I still really like it. The basic premise: Ella was given a gift/curse by a fairy as an infant, and as a result she must be obedient to any direct commands from anyone.

Read more... )
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I saw Rogue One yesterday, finally! Overall an imperfect but worthwhile movie.

cut for spoilers )
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I need to get on posting all my book thoughts if I’m to have all my 2016 books posted within a reasonable time frame after 2016! At any rate here’s four more books at once:

The Immortals Quartet

I do like these books a lot but not as much as some of Tamora Pierce's other works. The first two books are better than the second two, in my opinion.

cut for mild spoilers for all four books )
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My yuletide gift this year is just SO GOOD!!! I am utterly thrilled. My author wrote me a fic about the album Splendor & Misery in the style of the album and it is EVERYTHING I COULD HAVE WANTED, gosh. Highly recommended!

there’ll be no here when you wake up

(3625 words) by Anonymous

Fandom: Splendor & Misery - clipping. (Album)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: The Computer & Cargo 2331
Characters: Cargo 2331, The Computer (Splendor & Misery
Additional Tags: Loneliness, Artificial Intelligence, Finding Selfhood, What Makes for a Non-Human?, POV Second Person, Formatted to be Read Aloud, Impossible to Tag

Summary:
you have learned love but not self-consciousness, because love does not beget self. there’s no need for heart and body to love; no need for mind or soul though you have both, programmed for one and grew the other like a struggling sprout in a crack on the pavement, just for him, just like him.

The Passenger and the Computer, in the midst of the all black everything. Time once more has meaning, and humanity must be redefined.
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First: shoutout to [personal profile] china_shop for recommending Courtney Milan's historicals to me last year and giving me spoilers for Duchess War and Heiress Effect - it was helpful to have a sense of what to expect from these books before I'd read enough to get a handle on Courtney Milan's trustworthiness as an author!

So this is the first half or so of the Brothers Sinister series, read slightly out of order because my hold on the Heiress Effect took too long to come in. (The Heiress Effect will be in my next post about the Brothers Sinister, which will be after the Turner trilogy and also some more Tamora Pierce.)


The Duchess War )

A Kiss for Midwinter )

The Governess Affair )

The Countess Conspiracy )
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I haven't reread the Emelan books in forever and I was in the mood so I reread the five that I own! Which are the four Circle of Magic books plus The Will of the Empress, since I was never as into the Circle Opens books (possibly because they're all about serial killers). At any rate it works very well to read just these five books as a complete set.

thematic spoilers only )
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Well this weekend I watched Yuri on Ice! That is definitely a thing. It was a weird experience because I know basically zero about anime conventions so I kept on being mildly baffled by choices it was making without knowing whether my bafflement ought to be directed towards anime as a whole or Yuri on Ice in particular.

cut for vagueish spoilers )
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And so we embark on the period where for approximately a month straight I read almost nothing but lots and lots of Courtney Milan and Tamora Pierce.

The following two are the first Courtney Milan books I have ever read. They are the beginning of her new contemporary romance series. I don't know why I started with these instead of her copious quantities of historical fiction, given my general preference for reading stories about the 19th c over the 21st c, but I did! And clearly it worked because it inspired me to keep reading her books. Courtney Milan writes really compelling romance novels, I must say.


Trade Me, by Courtney Milan

Read more... )


Hold Me, by Courtney Milan

Read more... )
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Yooooo so latest gender update! Is that I have been experimenting with pronouns irl and have realized that they/them pronouns make me a lot happier than she/her. So please use they/them for me going forward. Thanks!

(for ppl who know me irl: please continue to use she/her for me in front of people who don't know I'm agender, because I am not ready to be out to everyone.)
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Terry Pratchett is just such a good writer, gosh. Okay so like, obviously this was a reread. But I haven't reread this one for a lot of years at this point! And it's really great.

One thing I noticed while reading it is something that I'd never consciously recognized before about Pratchett's writing. Which is his style of setting up a series of facts and leaving the reader to connect them and draw the obvious conclusion of whatever you're supposed to gather from the scene. It's really effective!

cut for a mild spoiler )

I love the way this kind of thing makes the book feel like a collaboration with the reader.

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