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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
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Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 58/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
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50 Girls 50 and Other Stories
Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Gary Groth
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
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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

Alice in the Country of Clover: March Hare (one-shot) story by QuinRose, art by Soyogo Iwaki, translated by Angela Liu

Alice in the Country of Clover: March Hare -  Soyogo Iwaki (Illustrator), QuinRose, Angela Liu

Alice struggles with her growing love for Elliott, the March Hare and Blood's right-hand man. Her efforts cause Elliott to think that she's actually in love with Blood, the man Elliott admires the most. Peter and Elliott get into a fight, and Elliott freezes up at a crucial moment and gets shot. After nursing him back to health, Alice decides to finally be honest about her feelings.

Meh. Elliott is violent, a bit dense, and kind of bland. He's defined by his love of carrots and his devotion to Blood and is therefore a completely boring love interest. The romance also has an edge of ickiness, since Alice loves him in a way that makes her think of pets and little kids.

Because Elliott is so boring, the Alice who loves him is pretty boring and bland as well, despite her insistence that she has a dark personality. All hint of the overarching storyline (Alice's memories of her sister and tutor) is absent here. The best thing about this volume was the artwork. Iwaki is good at “shocked eyes” Alice.

 

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