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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

It's a long weekend, and I should be cleaning

Instead, I'm all about the books and TV. I figured I'd write up some quickie status updates.


Long weekend book status update:


The Jade Temptress - Jeannie Lin - I have less than a hundred pages to go. Unfortunately, my tablet needs recharging, so I have to wait to finish the rest of it. I prefer Mingyu in this book to Mingyu in the first one - it's nice to be able to see some of what she's thinking. I really like Wu Kaifeng, although his romance with Mingyu occasionally makes me uncomfortable, considering their past history. Plus, I have no idea how Lin is going to give them a happy ending. It's not like Kaifeng can afford to pay for Mingyu's freedom.


Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor - I have less than a hundred pages to go on this one, too. Comparisons to Harry Potter are pretty much unavoidable, although the Leopard world shows its brutal side far sooner than I remember the wizarding world doing.


Long weekend TV status update:


Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - (Japanese anime) I've been in an Elric brothers mood lately, so I decided to do something about it. I considered rewatching the original TV series, but instead chose the reboot. Even as rushed as the early episodes are, I still cried when a couple characters died. I've never seen this entire series and haven't yet finished the manga, so I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes.


Gu Family Book - (Korean live action) I'm so close to finishing this series, so close. I'm not sure why I'm dragging my feet so much.


ST: Scientific Task Force - (Japanese live action) I've only watched a couple episodes, and I'm thinking of giving this one up. It feels like a mishmash of shows like Lie to Me, Scorpion, and Alphas, with a few not-very-effective comedic elements.


K - (Japanese anime) The character designs are sooo pretty. I'd call it 100% fangirl eye candy if it weren't for the naked cat girl. Unfortunately, the world-building and story are kind of meh. I'm hoping it picks up.


White Haired Witch - (Chinese live action) The only movie out of the bunch. Pretty, but ultimately a waste of time. Fast-paced to the point of being utterly confusing.