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

Currently reading

Authority: A Novel
Jeff VanderMeer
Progress: 90/340 pages
Let's Talk About Love
Claire Kann
Progress: 66/277 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

Reading progress update: I've read 18 out of 273 pages.

The Abyss Surrounds Us - Emily Skrutskie

I really should work on finishing one of my other "currently reading" books before starting this one. Oh well.

 

Comments so far:

 

- I love the idea of the Reckoners. They're basically aquatic kaiju designed to bond with particular ships at birth and protect those ships from pirates. The main character's current favorite is Durga, a mix of snapping turtle and iguana that's as big as a whale.

 

- Favorite quote so far: "I don't think it's possible to love someone as much as a Reckoner loves her companion ship." (11)

 

- Fun ideas aside (OMG, I hope there's an adult cephalopoid Reckoner in this book), I dislike that this is written in bland first person POV.

 

- Also, the main character just had an old man walk up to her for no particular reason and tell her a brief history of how this world came to be, in the guise of reminiscing about the past. Hello there, clunky exposition.

 

- I'm a little confused about the setup. Are there different Reckoner breeding/training companies, or is Cas's family's facility all there is? Shouldn't there be lots of them? What happens if a Reckoner gets injured badly enough that its down time seriously cuts into a ship's profits? From what I can tell, Reckoners get seriously cranky if they're kept apart from their companion ships for too long, so it's not like a Reckoner could ever retire. And what happens if a Reckoner survives the destruction of its companion ship? Are they just euthanized somehow, or can they bond with another ship?

 

I really do like the Reckoner aspect, so I hope that more details are included later on. And hopefully in a less clunky way than someone, out of the blue, talking about things that the people around them should either already know or not really care that much about.