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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

The Caves of Steel
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 86/270 pages
The Blue Sword
Recorded Books LLC, Diane Warren, Robin McKinley
Progress: 73/735 minutes
Daughter of Mystery
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 251/399 pages
50 Girls 50 and Other Stories
Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Gary Groth
Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion!
Natalie Reiss
Progress: 20/120 pages
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: A Novel
Becky Chambers
Progress: 148/441 pages
The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas, Bill Homewood, Naxos AudioBooks
Progress: 667/3165 minutes
A Matter of Oaths
Helen S. Wright
Progress: 101/277 pages
Report on the Selected Problems of the Technical Departments of the University of Illinois Library
Raynard C. Swank
Progress: 20/42 pages


I somehow managed to avoid buying lots of books during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. All I got were these three:




The Freezer was an impulse buy - I bought the first book, The Furnace, for $0.99 a while back but haven't yet read it. "Science fiction" + "Mystery/Thriller" was really enticing, though.


The Hollow House caught my eye in Carina Press's mystery section, and I liked the gothic-feeling excerpt.


If you've seen my recent reviews, you may remember that I only just finished reading and posting about Sea of Wind. If I already own a copy, why did I buy another? Well, my original copy was a paperback, and this one is hardcover. Super cheap (on clearance at Rightstuf for less than $6!), and it'll hold up better. I'll be good and donate my paperback copy to the library I work at - although it's the second book in a series, I think it could stand pretty well on its own, and I know at least one student who's going to jump for joy once it's been cataloged and processed. Now I need to see about getting a hardcover copy of Book 4. Its spine is so thick I worry I'll break it halfway through my first read. (EDIT: Okay, I just ordered a hardcover copy. I need to go hide my wallet or something.)


So, that's it for books. Unfortunately, I can't say I was very good, because I also picked up some DVDs and computer games. I was so excited to see Dreamfall: Chapters on sale via Steam. The Longest Journey games make me feel very nostalgic. The only time I ever took a moment to submit comments and praise for a game was after finishing the first one, and, to my shock, I actually got a response back that wasn't a form letter.