alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
[personal profile] alatefeline
Three very good new to me books:

N.K. Jemisin, The Stone Sky.

Corinne Duyvis, On The Edge Of Gone.

Corinne Duyvis, Otherbound.

Cut for length, hints of squashing brainweasels, and a quote with minor spoilers.

I've also been catching up on some series by David Weber and other old favorite authors and by comparison they are ... okay? At their BEST, they postulate strong moral concepts such as 'you don't fight the enemy by BECOMING the enemy' but the missing people in them are so glaringly missing.

These first three are very good books. They address race and trauma and neourodivergence and gender in ways that don't feel hollow the way things written by cisallohet abled neurotypical white men often do. They have intense characters. On The Edge Of Gone had the best written autistic character I have ever read, bar none. The Fifth Season, first in the Jemisin trilogy concluding with this book, is probably the strongest science fiction novel of a genuinely racially diverse other world that I have ever read, and heartbreaking. These books are not easy but they are so, so, so worthwhile.

There is more to be said but I can't manage saying it. It's not a great brain day, and that is okay. I read a book. I made a reasonable decision about a planned activity that, while not ideal, does make sense. I checked my phone. I made and ate food. I think I'm still going to be up for a thing later. I am a worthwhile person and being me is okay even when I have a relatively unproductive day. I like productivity and gratitude lists, but it's also important to me to remember that what I'm feeling ungrateful and unproductive, I'm still pretty cool. And there is NO absolute measure of worth as a human being.

As Corinne Duyvis had to say:

If anyone gives you shit—well, I’m not signing up for any end of the world that my sister can’t be part of. We can’t survive by giving up all the reasons we want to survive. That’s not the way. Forget the cats? I like that you like cats! I like that you have this whole hierarchy of fruit that you can and can’t eat. I like that you’re faced with an interstellar spaceship and you decide that what it really needs is fewer typoes.

Date: 17 Aug 2017 03:55 (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
I'm not reading about brainweasels at the moment due to my own brainweasels plotting a takeover, but *hugs* to you and I hope your squashing expedition goes well!

Date: 17 Aug 2017 06:23 (UTC)
beasts_of_homeworld: Deep in an ancient forest where green moss covers all, little glowing balls of coloured light float about in the mist. (Any - Forest)
From: [personal profile] beasts_of_homeworld
beasties very appreciate these book-recommends, had been consider read such authors for a while. are now definite on 'to read' list. ^_^ (happy face)

if outside reinforcements are welcome in brainweasel squishing:

you are worthwhile, because you are alatefeline. there is none other exactly like you, and by existing you enrich the universe <3

you do not have to do anything to be good and valid and worthy and precious. you already are.

you are good enough.

you did well today. <3

Date: 22 Aug 2017 00:56 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] johnpalmer
I'll second the motion of "you do not have to do anything to be good and valid..." and add on, "nevertheless, there are many things about you that make you good and valid and worthy and precious, even when you can't see, or appreciate, or understand them.

To both [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] beasts_of_homeworld

Date: 17 Aug 2017 10:02 (UTC)
sweet_sparrow: Picture of two cats lying back-to-back with two black spots connecting to make a heart. (E: Heart)
From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
<3 *sends love* You are so very much a worthwhile person. And yay good books!

Date: 17 Aug 2017 14:04 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] klgaffney
I really do like your posts, brain weasels and all. Thank you for the recs.

Date: 17 Aug 2017 16:39 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] we_are_spc
We will need to find now. <3

We are glad you are here. You are definitely worthwhile, and we still remember phone things. <3

-Fallon and Isaiah~


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