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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Abigail Revasch, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Tara Sands, Listening Library
Progress: 67/473 minutes
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: 58/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
50 Girls 50 and Other Stories
Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Gary Groth
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
Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases
Professor Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses, The Great Courses
Progress: 34/725 minutes

Rereading: Now up to page 68

Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie

[Adding the spoiler tag because I mention a few details I love, which could be seen as spoilery. Not majorly so, but still. Beware, fangirling ahead.]


My notes could just be lots of hearts, smileys, and swirly things, with glitter. I love this "on the ship" stuff, even knowing that Breq is preparing her soldiers for a war that could, and probably will, tear apart the entire empire.



  • I wonder how many other ships with human crew have them behaving like ancillaries as much as possible? Was it humiliating for the crew of Mercy of Kalr at first, or did they like the anonymity of it right from the start?
  • Kalr Five and her love of dishes. ♥
  • I have this mental image of all the soldiers, but especially the Kalrs, as very proper household servants. Like some kind of Downton Abbey/Imperial Radch mashup. I must go looking for fanfic. Surely I'm not the first person to think of this?
  • Seivarden, thinking about sex again. And Breq suggesting pretty much anyone as a possible partner except herself. Whether she intended it as a "no" or not, that seems to be how Seivarden took it.
  • The Bos are kind of adorable. And I like the Amaats for singing for Breq, even if they don't realize that's why they're doing it. And the Kalrs have Kalr Five and, later, hugs. I feel a little bad that Ekalu and the Etrepas are just sort of there. Maybe they'll get to shine in the next book. Or maybe they're being set up for tragic deaths. Crap, I hope not.