Review by Meg Duke
a delightful and fanciful bedtime story for all politicos

Review by Bill Svoboda
The subject matter (not surprisingly!) is dark...and detailed. The impeccably sarcastic prose reads like a non-fictional (and subversive) JRR Tolkien crossed with a modern Jonathan Swift-this was actually NOT the kind of book Charles Duff (linguist, teacher, translator and best selling author) usually wrote. As a combination history of hanging, anti capital punishment satire and general send up of British arrogance and stuffiness it is perhaps overambitious. For best results, start by reading the list of chapters ... and then sip rather than guzzle.

Review by Bill Svoboda
Another winner from PM Press's "Outspoken Authors" series. This has the same basic format as "The Lucky Strike Plus"- (Alternate History, Essay, Interview.) Ursula LeGuin gave "Mammoths Of The Great Plains" a big thumbs up. I just wish there could have been more mammoths-and that this was a real history instead of an alternate one.

Review by Bill Svoboda
The "pedophilia" isn't really pedophilia-but it's real enough to have triggered a number of readers- if you think you may be one of them, it might be a good idea to skip this book. Also, it's not "spooky".... in some ways it barely classifies as horror. The vampire protagonist/narrator isn't particularly evil and becomes too familiar to the reader to feel mysterious. All that being said, this is an outstanding book in it's own unique, provocative way. The writing is up to par with say, Anne Rice -too bad Octavia Butler passed before completing the sequel(s?). RIP

Review by Meg Duke
*filthy* satire. no matter what bullshit politics are distorting the time period you read this in, it'll still be horrifically applicable to the brutal boots of society and government that squash us.

Review by Meg Duke
Pretty interesting stuff. Not only did I learn about the history of the car bomb, but I also learned a bit more about war history in general. Be prepared for a ton of name drops and references, not all of which are essential to understanding what Davis is talking about. Spoiler: turns out the "poor man's air force" is often used by men not so poor --- the CIA as the primary example.

Review by Meg Duke
the stories and art use plants' patience and persistence to explore the authors' existential musings

Review by Bill Svoboda
This is a fairly specialized book of Science History. For some, it may be TOO specific -and somewhat dated as well. There is a great deal of worthwhile content here however, and for some it may be just what they're looking for.

Review by Bill Svoboda
"Science-y but not too Science-y." (And Highly Recommended) This book manages to say a tremendous amount in 190 pages- and does so in a very "read-able" way "Dreaming the Future" resonated in my mind with a good many other, previously read books - especially Charles Einsenstein's "The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible"- ( If you read them both together, I think you'd probably levitate or something). Both books are very useful for those striving to imagine what a better world would be like (including various specific details)....and as an antidote to the dystopianism sweeping our current world like a pandemic.

Review by Meg Duke
A beautiful and necessary imagining of a wilderness world for women

Review by Meg Duke
A real quick read. Some nasty yumans come to colonize a planet and enslave the natives, who had been traditionally peace loving until being brutalized and having their world devastated...

Review by Future Man
This is one of the critical tomes of 20th century utopianism, part eco-futurist manifesto and part autobiography. One of the final texts written before his death, Bucky Fuller's Critical Path covers an incredible scope in attempting to trace the development of human civilization up to 1980 and then make the case for a globalized and harmonious sustainable future for our species, and the path to get there. Fuller has a creative way of navigating English and often invents words or establishes new linguistic standards to frame things within his worldview. The style is funky, charming, heady, and personal; a nice tone for a text dealing with the necessary reorganization of the global economy to allow the survival of our species on "spaceship Earth".

Review by Bill Svoboda
If you like "hard" sci-fi with an eco-leftist bent, and/ or smartly written alternate history then I strongly recommend Kim Stanly Robinson. (Also recommended to fans of Ursula LeGuin and Gary Snyder!) Because it's both short (107 pages) and varied (alternate history, essay, interview) this booklet is a good introduction to KSR's prolific writings- even though it's not his best work (that being said...it's still pretty good).

Review by Bill Svoboda
First published in 2001, this/indie/punk history stands the test of time. At over 500 pages, it's not a quick read, and the quality varies from one chapter to another. But the best parts more than make up for the not-so-best. Chapter 8 (The Butthole Surfers) had me choking with laughter ... repeatedly. Someone wanting a weird but accurate portrait of the 1980s could read this book together with Susan Faludi's "BackLash".

Review by Bill Svoboda
If you are a Jungian New Ager you might actually like this. To me, it was run -of -the mill (the 1990 mill!) unconvincing and a little smug.

Review by Jessica Espy
Florence King is thought-provoking and controversial!

Review by Meg Duke
READ IT and learn so many real hard truths.

Review by Meg Duke
A prequal to the famous Ecotopia, this story goes into the specific actions taken by a variety of individuals that gradually lay the path toward Ecotopian independence. If Ecotopia's the finished product, this is the DIY step-by-step manual how to get there. (Go Ben!)

Review by Meg Duke
Very needed complete re-imagining of society's structure... down to economic and waste disposal systems! The writing itself? Eh. The concept and execution? Yes!

Review by Bill Svoboda
I would especially recommend this to anyone with questions and/or uncertainties regarding BLM. Written in a style that is emotion filled, highly readable, and (overall) Very Effective. An outstanding book.

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