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Familiar Diversions

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

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Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1
Alessandro Juliani, Roger Zelazny
Progress: 123/331 minutes
Making Arrangements
Progress: 44 %
Let's Talk About Love
Claire Kann
Progress: 80/277 pages
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
A Rational Arrangement
Rowyn Ashby
Progress: 89/537 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

Alice in the Country of Clover: The Lizard Aide (one-shot) story by QuinRose, art by Job, translated by Angela Liu

Alice in the Country of Clover: The Lizard Aide - Yobu, QuinRose, Angela Liu

Alice is secretly in love with Gray but doesn't think such a capable and mature guy could love her back. She begins a kind of game with him, where they talk to each other as though they're lovers, but even then she's sure that her love is one-sided. Then Alice becomes Blood's substitute after he's injured while dealing with an attack at one of Nightmare's assemblies. Gray gets jealous and wants Alice to come back to Nightmare's place. He fears that she might fall for the aggressively flirtatious Blood, who looks so much like her past crush. An attack on both Blood and Gray brings things to a head. This volume includes several extra shorts: one with Alice, Dee, and Dum, and two Crimson Empire. I didn't bother to take notes for any of them.

I'm still not a fan of Job's artwork, which looks sloppy and amateurish compared to Fujimaru's stuff, but this was at least better than Job's Nightmare-focused volumes. Like Julius, Gray feels more capable, steadier, and “safer” than a lot of the other Wonderland residents. Which is a little weird, considering that he used to be an assassin (and got to demonstrate some of those skills in this volume). The one thing I did not like was how he behaved after he started to get jealous of Blood.

The ending was a bit bland, with Alice giving Gray a lighter as a gift.


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)