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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

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

Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 290 pages.

All That Glitters (Alchemy's Heirs #1) - Elizabeth McCoy

At this rate, I'll be finished in a day or two. Except my Simple Touch has been grumbling that it needs to be charged, so who knows.


I'm not sure how I feel about the romance. Neither of the main characters seems to have much of a problem with the idea that their relationship is being influenced by the dramsman's draught (loyalty potion - makes it impossible for a person not to want their master to be safe and happy). I think a dramsman is able to show distress if they're ordered to do something they wouldn't normally want to do, and both of these characters are very enthusiastic with each other, so maybe that's being taken as evidence of true consent?


If the dramsman's draught weren't involved, I'd probably be more on board with this. Although Jani is going to be so hurt and upset when she finds out Iontho isn't who she thought he was.


Anyway, it's kind of nice that, out of three sex scenes, the first two were entirely about Iontho doing his best to make sure Jani was enjoying herself.