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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

John Scalzi
Baccano!, Vol. 1: The Rolling Bootlegs
Ryohgo Narita
Progress: 54/217 pages
Decision at Doona
Anne McCaffrey
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: 448/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

Reading progress update: I've listened 271 out of 704 minutes.

Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie, Adjoa Andoh



- This is a nice way to draw things out until Ancillary Mercy is finally released. Unfortunately, I realized yesterday that Ancillary Mercy is coming out mere days before I have to do what will either be my first solo conference presentation, or my first presentation with a certain librarian I admire. I could probably read the whole thing before the conference, but it'd be at the expense of planning and preparing for my presentation, so I will have to be strong and resist.


- I'd love to know the thought processes behind Andoh's choice of accents for the various characters. I'm not surprised that they're all over the map - the Radchaai aren't nearly as homogenous as they'd sometimes like to pretend they are. I just wish Andoh hadn't chosen what I think is a German accent for Captain Hetnys, though. It's far too cliched. I think I'd be irked by it even if I weren't half-German.


- I'm glad I read this before listening to it, so I could interpret characters and scenes for myself. It's interesting how Andoh's reading changes the feeling/tone of certain scenes from how I viewed them when I read them on my own. That said, I'm totally getting the audio version of Ancillary Mercy. I just plan on listening to it after I read the book.


- I think the first scene with Basnaaiad might have been even more heart-breaking in audio than it was when I read it. Poor Breq.