2017/01/18

BOOK REVIEW:
TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE BY SOLOMON NORTHUP

Title: Twelve Years A Slave
Author: Solomon Northup
Published: 1853
Language: English
Pages: 256
Rating: 5/5


Summary:
This is a harrowing memoir from one of the darkest periods in American history: it's the story of Solomon, a man born free who was lured into slavery and spent 12 years in bondage.


Review:
What a singular book this is!

This book is powerful, fascinating, distressing and heartbreaking. It gives an interesting and important look into both history and humanity. One can help but think, when reading books like these: how can people do these things to one another?

I do realise that some parts in this book may be a bit boring to some people - such as passages on cotton planting and harvesting - but I think it's helpful to remember that this isn't a novel. Personally, I thought those parts, although dry, offered up something essential.

This book is important because it offers up an insight into the perspective of one person on a part of recent history. It is not without it's fault, but neither are people. I know some readers of this compares it to other narratives from the same period, but I feel like it's crucial to remember that people are different and experience things differently. This is one mans experience, one very much worth learning about.
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2017/01/17

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2017/01/16

BOOK REVIEW:
THE GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION BY KAMERON HURLEY

Title: The Geek Feminist Revolution
Author: Kameron Hurley
Published: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 272
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
This is a collection of essays on feminism, geek culture and the writer's own journey.


Review:
So, I was really excited for this book - it promised a series of essays about feminism and geek culture. And it did deliver that, sort of.

This book was just not my jam. Although I agree with a lot of what is said in this, I'm not overly fond of the way it's said. The writing style is far too melodramatic for my taste.

I think my biggest problem is that I didn't feel this brought anything remotely new to the table. I was also bothered by how much the author put herself into the discussions and how much she references her own work (if I have to read one more sentence that starts with "In my novel..." I'm going to punch a wall). I don't think it worked, although perhaps it would have if it had been in smaller amounts.

There were some parts I did enjoy though, like when she discussed women and feminism in TV-shows and movies, as well as in science fiction and fantasy. I also thought the last essay, "Women Have Always Fought", was pretty good.

Overall, I think this pales in comparison to other things I've read on the same subject, so sadly, I didn't think this was all that great.

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