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I picked up a book published recently, The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch. It had such a great premise – dystopian sci-fi on a ravaged Earth with the elite living on an orbiting space commune! References to Joan of Arc in the form of Joan of Dirt, the ecofeminist hero! Human devolution! But I thought this book needed an impressive amount of editing – the author had some really cool ideas, but the execution was lacking. The narrative kept jumping and changing points of view in ways that didn’t really add to the story, and there were some writing quirks that were way too noticeable. There was also a certain “reveal” near the end that had some unfortunate implications, imho, but I’ll have to see if anyone else who’s read it felt the same way.