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

Currently reading

Lying in Wait
Liz Nugent
Progress: 98/310 pages
The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
Progress: 72/313 pages
To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines
Judith Newman
Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
Progress: 310/336 pages
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Progress: 41/255 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

Reading progress update: I've read 38 out of 277 pages.

Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset - Sarah Ashwood

First person POV is very difficult to do well. It has not been done well in this book. Here's a good example:

"The color of his hair was not the normal white of dotage." (16)

Hannah, the POV character, wears Nikes and lives somewhere with enough open space to raise thoroughbreds. This sentence doesn't feel natural for her. She also doesn't consistently think/speak that way.

 

There are other issues with the writing - repetitiveness, lazy descriptions, and Hannah making overly helpful assumptions for the reader's benefit. One of my favorite bits of lazy writing so far:

"A sluice of something I can only describe as the essence of purest power surged over me." (21)

Still, I was right about this sounding a bit like Fuyumi Ono's Twelve Kingdoms series, so I'm going to continue. Although I would like for everyone to stop telling Hannah how important she is, so she can stop insisting that she's really just an ordinary girl.