Book review: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25109947-lovecraft-country&#8221; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Lovecraft Country” src=”https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1426040983m/25109947.jpg&#8221; /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25109947-lovecraft-country”>Lovecraft Country</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/40577.Matt_Ruff”>Matt Ruff</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1632125831″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
This is a book that made me wish I was a social studies teacher so I could use it to teach about the Jim Crow America. There is a lot of history interspersed with the horror as well as tension that originates not from supernatural forces but rather the status quo every day life of being black in the U.S. in the 1950s. Ruff stays true to Lovecraft while weaving in racism, misogyny and class. All the characters are fully formed and I would love to read more about any of the characters. <br>I was especially impressed by how the resilience of the black characters directly influences their abilities to navigate arcane horrors without losing too many sanity points. Highly recommend.
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The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe book review

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25814412-the-civil-wars-of-julia-ward-howe&#8221; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe” src=”https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1457284742m/25814412.jpg&#8221; /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25814412-the-civil-wars-of-julia-ward-howe”>The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/26655.Elaine_Showalter”>Elaine Showalter</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1615563653″>4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
This is the story of two very gifted people that never learned to communicate. While the author is solidly in Julia’s camp, it is clear that both Samuel Howe and Julia behaved badly – to the point it almost seems they were doing things to antagonize each other. I thought it odd that the author blames Samuel for his physical ailments and Julia is blameless (even though Samuel wanted a divorce and she refused.) <br>However, the binds of patriarchy were what destroyed them both. Had they lived in a framework where the man did not always have to be correct, and have few emotions and a woman could explore her gifts they perhaps would have been well suited as both were intellectual powerhouses.
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Page by Taora Pierce

I’m not sure what it is about Tamora Pierce’s writing that grabs and won’t let go.  Sometimes I think “oh this character is too perfect” but it isn’t just her characters, but the world she has created. I always want to linger in it. I haven’t felt like this since I first read the Darkover books.  Her secondary characters are rich and full of life. Pierce is also an expert at not letting her characters know more than tI’m not sure what it is about Tamora Pierce’s writing that grabs and won’t let go.  Sometimes I think “oh this character is too perfect” but it isn’t just her characters, but the world she has created. I always want to linger in it. I haven’t felt like this since I first read the Darkover books.  Her secondary characters are rich and full of life. Pierce is also an expert at not letting her characters know more than they should at a given point in the story.

If you like books with strong female characters, fantasy and lots of animals that even have distinct personalities, you’ll enjoy curling up with this on a chilly evening.