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What are you currently reading?
I have just one chapter (about twenty pages) left to go in The New Jim Crow, so I will probably finish that either tonight or tomorrow. One thing I learned in the most recent chapter, which I had no idea about is that although prisoners cannot vote while imprisoned, the prison populations are used in creating voting districts and such. Most prisons are built in rural areas with very low, mostly white populations. These areas should hold very little power based on population, but because their numbers are padded by thousands of non-voting (mostly black) prisoners, they gain much more weight. Like the extreme gerrymandering in so many areas, this is nothing but an obvious power grab by republicans who know they don't have the numbers to support themselves in a fair vote. >:(

I'm also just a few chapters away from finishing The Library at Mount Char, too. This book is definitely a wild ride and I'm looking forward to seeing how it ends.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished up Public Library and Other Stories yesterday, spurred on by the fact that it was due back at the library today. Overall I enjoyed the stories, but found the title and cover blurbs a bit misleading. There was no story called Public Library, and the stories were not so much library-themed as language- and book-themed. They were still good stories, but it wasn't quite what I was expecting.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, I had pre-ordered the new 7 Seeds and just got an email from Amazon last night that it had been downloaded to my ipad, so I will probably be reading that pretty soon. The last chapter apparently came out this month, but I'm not sure how many more volumes that will be since I don't follow the chapters as they're published, but probably just one or two. Maybe more if she does bonus material like she did for Basara.

lgtbq_recs

Jun. 13th, 2009 04:04 am
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Today was the last day of my first week of reccing for [livejournal.com profile] lgbtq_recs so I thought I'd post a round-up over here. I have recced all of these on my journal at some point or other, so to long-time readers they may not be anything new.

Graphic Novel: Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
Author: Ali Smith
Manga: Hourou Musuko by Shimura Takako
Movie: Imagine Me & You
Book: Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Music: The Cliks
Book: City of Night by John Rechy

I'll be doing a second week at the end of the month. :)
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Ali Smith "The First Person and Other Stories" - 3.5/5

I would like to read more of Smith's short stories, as there are some here I really enjoyed a lot, but at least from this collection, I think I like her better as a novelist than a short-story writer.

I often feel a little lost reading her stories, as if I'm not quite getting what she's after, but in a novel there's at least a little longer to try and get hold of it, whereas here, there were several stories I was left feeling like they were rather pointless. Even those, I did enjoy, though, because I just love her writing so much. Even when I've no idea what she's on about, I love the language and the flow of her prose. It's always beautiful.
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It's taken me far longer than it should have to read this, as it's barely over 200 pages, but I've been busy and only reading a few pages here and there. I really liked it, though. [livejournal.com profile] rebness recommended it and I'd read and liked The Accidental last year, so I figured I ought to give it a try. While at the library, I saw another book by her, Like, which I am going to read next. I think I'm safe in putting Ali Smith on my favorite authors list now. :)

Anyway. Like The Accidental, this is rather...experimental. There were some parts I liked less than others because of that, but I do love her prose and really enjoyed the story.

spoilers )

Also, when reading this, I realised that the last three books I've read have been by queer authors (Chuck Palahniuk, Jackie Kay, and now Ali Smith). It wasn't at all by conscious choice, these just happened to be the books that interested me.

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