171 Following

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

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.