My Goodreads review of the new MLA Handbook

MLA HandbookMLA Handbook by The Modern Language Association of America

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the older edition better when it had more about the research process. This focuses strictly on sourcing and citation, though it does a good job handling that especially for thinking through online and digital sources. Nicely demystifying but not as deep. Docked a star for making me learn a new system when I had the old system memorized. Also, I think the last edition was mailed out free to MLA members but I had to pay for this one. Will likely assign it to classes anyway, though I’m keeping my expectations low.

Wow, this is really a kind of a “get off my lawn kids!” review.

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Goodreads review: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me forever to get through this because I kept picking it up and putting it down. (It was an ebook so mostly read it on my phone on the subway.Also, I have no focus lately.)
That said, I enjoyed it every time I picked it up, and I remembered the complicated plot and cast of characters even when weeks went by between reading sessions. The story is vivid and interesting and compelling. A specially adapted soldier carries out a self-assigned mission that questions one of the founding principles of an empire very dependent on artificial intelligence. I loved that everyone has female pronouns. I loved the elaboration of the empire’s protocol/etiquette rituals. I want to read the rest of the trilogy. Docked one star for not ever making me drop everything and just finish it.
Recommendation: If you like space adventure and you like the Borg episodes of Star Trek, you will probably like this book

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