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Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

Halo: The Fall of Reach
Eric Nylund
Progress: 168/380 pages
KIZUMONOGATARI: Wound Tale
Cristina Vee, Eric Kimerer, Keith Silverstein, Vertical Music, NisiOisiN
Progress: 65/572 minutes
A Matter of Oaths
Helen S. Wright
Progress: 101/277 pages
Illuminae
Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Progress: 126/599 pages
Report on the Selected Problems of the Technical Departments of the University of Illinois Library
Raynard C. Swank
Progress: 20/42 pages
Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases
Professor Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses, The Great Courses
Progress: 34/725 minutes

Almost 50% of the way through

The Goblin Emperor - Tantor Audio, Katherine Addison, Kyle McCarley

This is, what, my third or fourth time listening to this? I just caught an error on the narrator's part: he pronounced Beshelar's name as "Beleshar" mere seconds after saying it correctly.

 

 

I'm strangely pleased about having finally noticed this.

That's one thing off the list

The dentist appointment I was worried about has been successfully accomplished. I now have my first filling since getting adult teeth.

 

I was so nervous that I barely slept last night. I wish the day could just be over. Bah.

Narrators who anime fans might recognize (Part 1?)

This post is inspired by a purchase I just made. Let's see how many of these folks I can track down. It's too bad that several of them have only narrated stuff I'm not interested in listening to, but I guess that keeps my Audible library from ballooning too much.

 

I've made an effort to list only those people who I was reasonably sure were really the audiobook narrators. For example, I found an audiobook narrated by a guy named Kirk Thornton, but he didn't sound like the Kirk Thornton I know from anime and I couldn't find any evidence they were the same person. Same with Liam O'Brien - I couldn't confirm that the audiobook narrator and the anime voice actor were the same person. If there are mistakes on this list, feel free to let me know.

 

Anyway, on to the list. Who knows, maybe there will be a part 2.

 

1. Alessandro Juliani

 

Anime fans may know Juliani as: L (Death Note)

 

A few audiobooks:

 

Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1 - Roger Zelazny,Alessandro Juliani  Solaris: The Definitive Edition - Stanislaw Lem,Bill Johnston (translator),Alessandro Juliani,Audible Studios  

 

2. Chris Patton

 

Anime fans may know Patton as: Greed (Fullmetal Alchemist), Soushi Miketsukami (Inu X Boku Secret Service), Creed Diskenth (Black Cat)

 

A few audiobooks:

 

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Chris Wyatt, Marvel Press,Chris Patton,Disney  Fatal Shadows - Josh Lanyon,Chris Patton  

 

3. Vic Mignogna

 

Anime fans may know Mignogna as: Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist), Death Scythe (Soul Eater), Zero (Vampire Knight)

 

Audiobook:

 

A Howl at the Moon - Nathan Squiers,Vic Mignogna,Tiger Dynasty Publishing 

 

4. Eric Vale

 

Anime fans may know Vale as: Yuki Sohma (Fruits Basket), Trunks (Dragon Ball Z), both America and Canada (Hetalia: Axis Powers)

 

A few audiobooks:

 

Beast: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts - Doug Merlino,Eric Vale,Audible Studios for Bloomsbury  The Crippler: Cage Fighting and My Life on the Edge - Chris Leben,Daniel J. Patinkin,Eric Vale,Audible Studios  

 

5. Stephanie Sheh

 

Anime fans may know Sheh as: Orihime (Bleach), Micchon (Eden of the East), Hinata (Naruto)

 

Audiobook:

 

Til Morning's Light: The Private Blog of Erica Page - Ross Berger,Stephanie Sheh,Audible Studios 

 

That's it for now. Hopefully I'll come across some more later.

Reading progress update: I've read 168 out of 380 pages.

Halo: The Fall of Reach  - Eric Nylund

I should be reading Illuminae (which I was able to renew, but still). Instead, I decided to watch this in the hope that it would renew my interest in the book, give me a better foundation on the visuals, and maybe clarify some of the more confusing aspects:

 

 

What I didn't realize until after I watched it was that it only adapts a small portion of the book - up to page 154, to be exact. ::sigh::

Foreigner (audiobook) by C.J. Cherryh, narrated by Daniel Thomas May

Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1 - Daniel Thomas May, Audible Studios, C.J. Cherryh

I first read and reviewed a paper copy of Foreigner only a few months ago, so there's a lot I won't go into again, and I won't be writing another summary. However, it's worth writing a second review. I have some comments to make on both the audiobook experience and on the rereading experience. As a result, I'll be touching on some spoilery things.

The audiobook doesn't include the pronunciation guide or the glossary that can be found in my paper copy of the book. Although I missed the glossary a little, the pronunciation guide wasn't necessary. I didn't actively compare Daniel Thomas May's pronunciation to the guide, but I do know that his pronunciation of “Jago,” at least, followed what Cherryh wrote in her guide. Maybe I'll finally start mentally pronouncing Jago's name correctly while reading the books.

Although I had some issues with May's narration, overall I enjoyed it. He was particularly excellent when narrating Bren's thoughts and dialogue (basically most of the book), infusing the lines with just the right amount of emotion. His atevi voices didn't work quite as well for me, but I'm not sure there was much he could have done about that. After all, atevi aren't supposed to do much obvious emoting.

FYI, this next bit is where the spoilers come in.

As far as the rereading experience went, I'm not sure if I liked the story more or about the same the second time through, but I did end up with a ton of respect for Cherryh's handling of POV. The first time through, all I got was Bren's interpretation of what was going on. The second time through made it clear that Foreigner was essentially at least two stories in one – Bren's side of things (“someone is trying to kill me, I don't know why, and I'm not sure which of the atevi around me, if any, I can trust”) and the atevi side of things (

“how does the spaceship change things, will the Mospheiran humans betray us, will Bren in particular betray us and/or has he already done so?”

(show spoiler)

). I never once noticed a moment when Bren reacted in ways that didn't fit the story as he knew it, but at the same time I was able to understand more of what motivated the atevi.

Although I'm going to continue to do my first read-throughs via my paper copies (or e-book, whatever I end up with), I definitely plan to follow them up with the audiobook versions. I'm looking forward to listening to Invader in the near future.

 

Rating Note:

 

In my first review, I gave it 3.5 stars. I upped the rating this time around because of my enjoyment of the reread experience and because I generally enjoyed May's narration. But Bren still frustrated the heck out of me at times.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

Relistening

The Goblin Emperor - Tantor Audio, Katherine Addison, Kyle McCarley

I am trying to fulfill the roles of two different people today, for the second day in a row. So, comfort re-listen.

 

On Monday, I'll just be me again. Me with lots of due dates and a dentist appointment I'm worried about, but still. Yay! Except for the dentist appointment.

Reading progress update: I've listened 899 out of 914 minutes.

Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1 - Daniel Thomas May, Audible Studios, C.J. Cherryh

"Five administrations have kept the peace, under the aijiin of Shejidan and the dictates of the paidhiin..."

 

"We don't dictate."

 

"The iron-fisted suggestions of the paidhiin. Backed by a space station and technology we don't dream of."

 

It's been a long day, in which my work To Do list has become quite a bit larger (September and October are the worst, OMG). Even so, the "iron-fisted suggestions of the paidhiin" bit still managed to make me laugh.

 

I'm definitely going to make sure that my first time through any of the books in this series is always via paper or e-books, but I enjoyed this audiobook enough to want to keep getting them. I'll be spending a credit on Invader.

More details - the book my sister remembers

Related to my previous post...

 

Here's some more info on the book my sister has vague memories of that she thinks Passengers might be based off of:

"I think it's a relatively older one though. I believe I was in middle school and it wasn't new at that point either.*

 

The main character is a guy. He's the only one awake and the ship I'm pretty sure has a female voice that can talk.... Maybe. That memory could be incorrect

 
I do know that there was a robotic android bartender that the guy would talk to
And I'm pretty sure he was the ship's janitor or something who accidentally got woken up too soon."
So, even if Passengers isn't based on a book, is this thing that my sister remembers a real book? I'm pretty sure I've read more SFF than her, and I can't recall ever reading anything like that. But then again I have huge gaps in my older sci-fi reading.
 
* - Meaning it was published before the late 90s.

My sister's question - Passengers

My sister called me up as I was getting ready for work this morning. Her question: "Hey, have you seen the trailer for the movie Passengers? Is it based on a book? Because I had serious deja vu when I saw that the bartender was really a robot."

 

I've been doing some checking, and I've seen some mentions that Passengers is an original script and some mentions that it's based on a book. This article says it's based on a book of the same title, but it doesn't say who the author is. I had thought this would be easier to figure out than it's turning out to be.

 

Anybody know what book, if any, the movie is based on? Who's the author? The only other thing I can think of is that the script writer originally wrote it as a book and then re-wrote it as a script when it didn't sell, and that's why some sources keep saying it's based on a book, but you'd think someone would mention that if it were the case.

Nice covers

The Olive Conspiracy (Mangoverse Book 4) - Shira Glassman, Caroline C, Jane Dominguez, Jaymi Lynn Tales from Perach (Mangoverse Book 5) - Shira Glassman, Caroline C, Jane Dominguez, Jaymi Lynn

I have a couple of this author's works that I still haven't read. Anyway, she apparently got the rights back to some of her works and has been rereleasing them with new covers. I particularly like these two. There is nothing I love more than nice illustrated covers - I get so tired of stock photos.

 

The Olive Conspiracy is f/f fantasy, and Tales from Perach is Jewish SFF short stories (with f/f, m/m, and m/f trans romance).

One-day flash freebie from Tor - The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

On Twitter, Tor says this works worldwide, so give it a shot even if you're not in the US.

 

Publisher's description:

 

"Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors' artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight.

 

The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive.

 

The one safe road between the northern oasis and southern kingdom is stalked by a necromantic terror. Demane may have to master his wild powers and trade humanity for godhood if he is to keep his brothers and his beloved captain alive."

Free LibraryThing account upgrade - WAY late, but...

Crud, I just noticed this. If you have a free LibraryThing account and manage to find at least six of the treasure chests hidden throughout the site, your account will be upgraded to a lifetime membership.

 

There's, um, only an hour left. Sorry!

Current Audible sale

I have a horrible audiobook backlog, so I've mostly been skipping out on the recent Audible sales, but I don't know that I'll be able to resist this latest one. At the moment, I'm considering Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi, The Complete Sherlock Holmes (58 hours of Simon Vance's narration, whee!), and The Count of Monte Cristo (I keep meaning to read this, and I think audio is the only way I'd ever manage it - anyone have an opinion on Bill Homewood's narration?). There are a few others that look interesting to me, but I think I'd prefer to read them rather than listen to them.

I wrote two reviews today, my first ones in a little over a month (both on TV-related stuff, so not posted here). I'm cautiously optimistic. Maybe I'm finally crawling out of whatever funk I fell into? I have four more reviews to write before I'm caught up, and I really need to get back into reading too, because Illuminae is due in less than a week unless I can manage to get it renewed.

Reading progress update: I've listened 567 out of 914 minutes.

Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1 - Daniel Thomas May, Audible Studios, C.J. Cherryh

I'm still not really a fan of May's atevi voices, although I'm not sure there's a better way he could have handled them. After all, atevi aren't supposed to do much obvious emoting. May makes up for it with Bren, though. His "Bren panicking as politely as possible" voice makes me laugh.

 

All Bren wants is a bath, and probably an ice pack, and instead he has just learned that Tabini has signed him up to do monthly TV interviews. Ha!

Reading progress update: I've listened 469 out of 914 minutes.

Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1 - Daniel Thomas May, Audible Studios, C.J. Cherryh

"In hell and on earth, man'chi would not change. But you don't understand this, you humans." Babs struck a slight rise, and for a moment walked solitary, until Nokhada caught up. Ilisidi-dowager said, "Or you never tell your enemies, if you do change."

 

Bren and Ilisidi are talking about what might change (perspective, etc.) if atevi and humans went to space. This part is fascinating, considering what I now know about the book's ending and what the atevi nearest Bren were trying to figure out here.