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computer scientist, mathematician, photographer, human. Debian Developer, Notmuch Maintainer, scuba diver

Much of my "reading" these days is actually audiobooks while walking.

FediMain: is also me. Trying a smaller instance to see if the delays are less maddening.

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The Arabian Nights (AudiobookFormat, 2000, Blackstone Audiobooks) 2 stars

Bad outweighs the good.

2 stars

Most of these stories are very old, and even the translation dates from 1909. I can forgive the (in modern terms) lack of character development and somewhat weak plotting in most of them. The glimpses into the early modern Arab world are occasionally fascinating (Sinbad was particularly interesting for me the discussion of trade and ancient Iraqi cities). The lack of interesting women characters is probably no worse than more recent "prince rescues princess" genre fiction.The casual violence and questionable morality is occasionally a bit shocking, but I guess one can make an argument for that as "thought provoking". I don't think I can excuse the occasional antisemitism and pervasive anti-black racism in the same way. Eventually it just dominated my experience of the book, which is kindof ick.

The Heart Forger (Hardcover, 2018, Sourcebooks Fire) 3 stars

In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she's after revenge...

No one knows death …

OK, but didn't really connect.

3 stars

I didn't read the first book in the series, so that might explain why I had a hard time connecting with the characters.

I found the early romance between the protagonist Tea and her undead lover somewhat cringeworthy (not because of the undead thing, just the breathy internal dialog). Perhaps I'm being what described as an "adult reader mad at kids for being kids".

The book does deal with "coming of age" issues of gender and sexual identity in a positive way.

There are a few twists that I did not see coming.

I did like the narrative structure of the two halves of the story interleaved, more or less converging (although not quite) at the end of the book.

It is definitely the middle book of a trilogy (or longer) series and some important questions are unresolved at the end.