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The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It - Owen Jones
Black Widow: Last Days
The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge*
Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism - Laurie Penny
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Comic Collection #1*
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf - Ambelin Kwaymullina*
Doctor Who: Cat's Cradle: Warhead - Andrew Cartmel
The Hallowed Hunt - Lois McMaster Bujold
Thus Was Adonis Murdered - Sarah Caudwell
Loki: Agent of Asgard: Last Days
The Golden Fool - Robin Hobb
Maskerade - Terry Pratchett
Phonogram: The Singles Club
The Summer Prince - Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Shepherd's Crown - Terry Pratchett*

Didn't finish: 1610: A Sundial In A Grave (Mary Gentle) - what a disappointment. I was so impressed with Ash, by the same author, but this really failed to live up to it. It's a lesser book - less compelling, less complex - and the characters were neither likeable nor interesting enough to make up for a lack of likeability. And it threw in one of my least favourite tropes as a twist: girl-dressed-as-boy. It's not actually the trope I hate in and of itself - there's plenty of interesting potential in it - but the way it's often paired with a heterosexual love story which makes it play out in a hetero- and gender-normative way (again, I'm sure there are ways to make it not do that, but in my experience, that's what usually happens). And in this case it came with the extra bonus disappointment of making it look like it was going to be a book with two queer main characters and then... nope! Ugh. (This also gave me the delightful experience that is being disappointed to get an extra female character. NO. THAT IS NOT HOW I WANT TO FEEL.) Blargh. Maybe it got better after I gave up on it (about a quarter of the way through), but I was really not up for finding out.

The Lie Tree
SO GOOD. This book is just really unflinching about the experience of being a bright teenage girl in the mid-Victorian era. I really loved the way the heroine slowly comes to appreciate the other women around her and how they have reacted in different ways to the constraints put upon them.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Comic Collection #1
This is far from being the best comic I've ever read - the writing doesn't always work on a panel to panel level - but I was in the mood for some DS9 post-Nine Worlds and this really hit the spot. Art-wise, it was fine: some of the representations were a bit dodgy (especially the Cardassians), but the Siskos and Dax were pretty great.

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf
This YA dystopia starts a little clunkily: it begins in media res, which definitely works, but also means we get a fair bit of exposition dumping and stilted "as you know, Bob" type dialogue, but it really picks up as it goes along and the twist is excellent. I really liked the worldbuilding and the focus on systemic change (rather than just removing the One Bad Individual), as well as, relatedly, the moments where minor characters realise how rotten the system they've supported is and take a stand against it. The main character, Ashala, is great: I especially liked the way that caring about people is her main strength. I look forward to reading more in this series.

The Shepherd's Crown
This isn't an easy book to review, for obvious reasons. I've been reading Discworld books for - well, I'm pretty sure I remember Jingo being new, and that was 1997, so let's just say "a long time" - and they've been so important to me for so long. I don't think this is the best of them, objectively speaking. But the bones of it are so beautiful, and as a statement on the way the Discworld will go on, it's wonderful. And I loved how it stressed the importance of community, and how people are often more than they appear to be.


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