Archive - 2019

Breaking Bank

Breaking Bank

author: Jacobin

name: Steev

average rating: 3.56

book published:

rating: 3

read at:

date added: 2019/05/10

shelves: own-it, politics

review:
I suppose it's important, but the deep dive into the financial sector is really pretty dry.
I see that somebody has to be understanding and working at that level, but it was a hard slog getting through a lot of this. And for the most part the basic message was continuous throughout, and already well-known: finance capitalism sucks, is totally out of control, and needs to be reined in, and nothing has really been accomplished toward that end even in the wake of the 2008 crisis. I guess it's good to be reminded.

Childhood (Jacobin #30)

Childhood (Jacobin #30)

author: Jacobin

name: Steev

average rating: 3.83

book published:

rating: 5

read at: 2019/04/25

date added: 2019/04/25

shelves: children, politics, own-it

review:
As a parent and as a leftist this is so good to read. Depressing in many ways, but good that there's this kind of analysis of kid-related politics.

Autonomous

Autonomous

author: Annalee Newitz

name: Steev

average rating: 3.73

book published: 2017

rating: 4

read at: 2019/04/13

date added: 2019/04/13

shelves: fun, novels, own-it

review:
Mixed feelings about this book. It brings up a lot of super interesting issues and builds a fascinating future world. However, the simplistic and largely unearned character development and dialogue and human interaction, plus all the overt exposition isn't really my cup of tea, to put it generously, or to be more critical, those things make the book feel like a clumsy YA novel. Or maybe that's just how genre SF is and I never really noticed before? Or forgot?

I've been reading Newitz's journalism for about 20 years (or at least it seems that way) and I'm certain she's smart and knowledgeable. But she's got a ways to go before her fiction is something I'd consider literature.

Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn

author: Jonathan Lethem

name: Steev

average rating: 3.91

book published: 1999

rating: 5

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date added: 2019/03/10

shelves: crime, novels, own-it

review:
This is great. Lethem is so consistently great and I don't know why I never read this sooner.
I love that the narrator has Tourette's. Is there any precedent for that? It's a great, at least to me, realistic take on OCD, from the inside.

The Subject Steve

The Subject Steve

author: Sam Lipsyte

name: Steev

average rating: 3.00

book published: 2001

rating: 4

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date added: 2019/02/15

shelves: fun, novels, own-it

review:
This is a great book. Laugh-out-loud funny, dark, profound. Poetic and snarky and satiric and brilliant. Certainly Lipsyte got better after this first novel. Homeland and The Ask are better. But if you're a fan and a completist, definitely read this.

The drawbacks are that Lipsyte is one of those authors that is all about style rather than realism. His books are bit like Aaron Sorkin's scripts. Nobody really talks that way, but, but it's so good that you don't care. Except you wouldn't want to read only this kind of thing. It's like poetry, rather than a story you can believe in. And that's fine.

The Baffler Number 42

The Baffler Number 42

author: Chris Lehman

name: Steev

average rating: 0.0

book published:

rating: 5

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date added: 2019/01/30

shelves: own-it, politics, fun

review:

A Feast of Snakes

A Feast of Snakes

author: Harry Crews

name: Steev

average rating: 4.02

book published: 1976

rating: 4

read at: 2019/01/29

date added: 2019/01/29

shelves: fun, novels, own-it

review:
I like this but it was pretty brutal. Kind of like a 70s version of Cormac McCarthy. Lots of senseless pointless violence, graphic sex, racism, misogyny. But there is a deeper thread somewhere. Southern redneck ex football player jock has an existential crisis in the midst of A bachanalian redneck mega party.

Strong Female Protagonist: Book Two (Strong Female Protagonist, #5 and 6)

Strong Female Protagonist: Book Two (Strong Female Protagonist, #5 and 6)

author: Brennan Lee Mulligan

name: Steev

average rating: 4.16

book published: 2017

rating: 5

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date added: 2019/01/01

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review: