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How to Resist Amazon and Why : The Fight for Local Economics, Data Privacy, Fair Labor, Independent Bookstores, and a People-Powered Future! (2nd Edition) by Danny Caine

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hopeful informative inspiring medium-paced

4.5

Loved it. Great mix of information about the problems of how Amazon works as a company and how being part of a community around a local business is just so much more satisfying. 
A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, and Have We Really Thought This Through? by Zach Weinersmith, Kelly Weinersmith

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adventurous funny hopeful informative lighthearted medium-paced

5.0

What a lovely book. It does one of the best things that I think writing can do, which is to condense and relate a long journey of information gathering into a work that's parseable. It is funny and lighthearted, but that doesn't take away from the footnotes and deep research that the authors went through to present this book to the world. Plenty to chew on for a long time. 
For Antifascist Futures: Against the Violence of Imperial Crisis by Simón Ventura Trujillo, Alyosha Goldstein

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challenging informative inspiring medium-paced

4.5

Great collection of writing that coheres well
Witch King by Martha Wells

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adventurous challenging emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

It's a dense thicket of world building especially since it's about the building of a world in the wake of an empire torn down, but I found it compelling. 
A Country of Ghosts by Margaret Killjoy

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adventurous hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

Hunter's Oath by Michelle West

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

The pitch feels like pretty standard fantasy fare, but there's a ton of tantalizing world building in this book, while still being populated with people with very real feelings. There's a lovely mix of mystery about the world and character vignettes over the years of time this book covers. So pleased to have found a new author to dig deep into. 
Shuna's Journey by Hayao Miyazaki

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adventurous hopeful lighthearted mysterious reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

Beautifully illustrated, and with a more folkloric feel than any of Miyazaki's other work. 
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

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dark mysterious sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

Really well written, and a very different kind of horror story (but definitely horrific). The characters are well realized and three dimensional. Something about the scenario of everyone who works at the post office in a small town saddling up on their shitkicker motorcycles to go to a guys house to see his dog get over a high fence stuck with me.