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Wild Woila

Joined 2 months, 4 weeks ago

I have #mecfs so I have a lot of time for reading, mostly #fantasy and #SciFi but I'm happy to dip into nearly anything.

Ratings: 1 star: I didn't like it 2 stars: it was okay 3 stars: I liked it 4 stars: I really liked it 5 stars: it was brilliant

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BRAIDING SWEETGRASS (2013, Milkweed) 5 stars

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with …

Poignant & bittersweet.

5 stars

Celebrates the sacredness of country by bringing together the deep spirituality of indigenous wisdom & the glorious nerdiness of ecological science. Poignant & bittersweet.

Reading time 13 days, 30 pages/day

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reviewed Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta

Sand Talk (Paperback, en-Latn-AU language, 2019, Text Publishing Company) 4 stars

This remarkable book is about everything from echidnas to evolution, cosmology to cooking, sex and …

We need Indigenous wisdom

3 stars

Yarning about the ways of Indigenous knowledge. Insightful, sometimes impenetrable, with a bit of bullshit. The barest exposure, but what next? How to incorporate this into our worldview?

Reading time 10 days, 25.6 pages/day

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The Girl in The Tower (Paperback, 2018, Del Rey) 4 stars

"The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now …

Witch girl seeks freedom in mediaeval Rus

4 stars

Witch girl seeks freedom from mediaeval Rus strictures, but her naivety & heedlessness prove her undoing. Still, she saves the day! Less fairytale, more political than prequel. Still excellent.

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Summertime (Paperback, Penguin) 4 stars

A different kind of nature writing, for a different kind of landscape.

I went and …

Recalls the interminable fear

4 stars

"Summertime" Danielle Celermajer. 4 stars. Meditations on the 2019/20 #bushfires. Captures well the colossal scale, and the interminable fear. Coins the useful term "omnicide" for the destruction that we are all responsible for, and which permeates everything.

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Rhythm of War (Hardcover, 2020, Tor) 5 stars

Mental health in a fantasy!

4 stars

A #fantasy where mental health takes centre stage! Shallan's dissociative disorder is particularly well done. Solid fare as usual, with some interesting sciencing, though the cosmic machinations are overly obscure. Very inefficient at 1200 pages.

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