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The inheritance trilogy (2014)
4 star

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under …

N. K. Jemisin is a genius, but I think you already knew that

4 star

The worldbuilding in this is so lush, and the voices so great. Sieh was obviously my favorite character (Because Sieh is the best) though it's not like there was any narrator I particularly disliked.

There were certain parts I could tell Jemisin just loved writing, I don't know how to put it. Like, the narration in the Shrill novella, while I bet it was difficult to write, I sort of felt like she had a good time?

While I think I would recommend starting Jemisin through her short stories instead of a 1700 monolith, you do you. This is great.

Food choice and sustainability (2013)
1 star

Food choice and sustainability tackles the critical issue of the global depletion of our natural …

Really, really can't recommend

1 star

This book should be right up my street -- an argument for veganism in terms of the environmental impact, while also touching on the health and ethical implications. Having read it, though, I have literally no idea how this book gets the glowing reviews it gets elsewhere (e.g., 4.6/5 on Amazon). At best it's a 400 page meandering, disorganized, repetitive slog that desperately needs to be edited down to around 150 pages. The author also comes across to me as hopelessly sanctimonious -- just the worst advertisement for veganism going. And that's without even getting into what I would take to be ableist comments. Ugh.

The Ocean of Life (Hardcover, 2012, Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA))
4 star

Who can forget the sense of wonder with which they discovered as a child the …

Interesting (if terrifying) science, but flawed solutions

4 star

The first two-thirds or so of the book provide first a history of the seas and of humans fishing them, and then a rather scary description of all the ways we're destroying them. Of particular note is the way that different factors combine to produce worse outcomes than any single factor would; for example, dead zones are a function not only of agricultural run-off, but also upstream damming, ocean warming, and over-fishing. Even in this first part of the book, however, the author's inclination towards moderate 'solutions' is apparent, and the last third of the book is where things really come apart. Not only did the search for solutions seem a bit all over the place, compared with the well-structured description of the challenges the oceans face, but the proposed fixes seemed to me to be too half-hearted to make a real difference. At one point the author says "The …

Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl. (Paperback, German language, 2003, Ravensburger Buchverlag)
5 star

Mein erstes echtes deutsches Buch zum Ende gelesen :)

5 star

(Allerdings mußte ich viele Wörter nachschlagen, aber ich habe es geschafft!) I think Kerr does a really good job of portraying the stress and worry that her family go through, but filtered through the eyes of a ten-year-old. Funny in parts, and moving in others (I had to take a pause during the penultimate chapter -- it's funny how attached one can become to Onkel Julius, who's only ever a peripheral character, and yet...).