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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Algis Budrys
Alliance In Blood
Ariel Tachna
Progress: 86/210 pages
To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
Connie Willis, Recorded Books LLC, Steven Crossley
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
Julie Sondra Decker
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 448/553 pages
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 110 out of 650 pages.

The Twelve Kingdoms: Skies of Dawn  - Fuyumi Ono, 小野 不由美, Akihiro Yamada, 山田 章博,  Alexander O. Smith

This is probably the most complicated volume in the series. It follows three characters: Suzu, a Japanese girl who was transported to the Twelve Kingdoms 100 years ago and who became the servant of a sage (and therefore immortal); Shoukei, the daughter of a king whose father was overthrown; and Yoko, the new king of Kei.


Suzu has put Yoko, who she hasn't yet met, on a pedestal. She's convinced that Yoko, being another Japanese girl, would be her friend. Yoko's story is painful so far. Imagine being 16 years old, with "class president" as the full extent of your leadership experience, and suddenly becoming the leader of a kingdom where your ideas of common sense don't even necessarily apply. Shoukei is having a hard time of it herself, but she has so little empathy that it's hard to feel much sympathy for her. Her father had one fifth of his kingdom's population executed, and she doesn't understand why people hate her.


By the way, I checked, and chapter 16 of the hardcover edition of this book really does have 8 pages missing at the end. The chapter stops at a section break, so there's no indication that you've missed out on anything. I can't believe the paperback edition doesn't say "corrected edition" anywhere inside, because that's basically what it is.