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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

The Caves of Steel
Isaac Asimov
The Blue Sword
Recorded Books LLC, Diane Warren, Robin McKinley
Progress: 73/735 minutes
Daughter of Mystery
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 251/399 pages
50 Girls 50 and Other Stories
Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Gary Groth
Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion!
Natalie Reiss
Progress: 20/120 pages
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
Report on the Selected Problems of the Technical Departments of the University of Illinois Library
Raynard C. Swank
Progress: 20/42 pages

TBR Thursday

There was a sale. And also performance evaluations at work (which are ongoing, so the low-grade annoyance and stress continues).


First, the paper books:


Gravitation: The Novel - Jun Lennon  Halo: The Fall of Reach  - Eric Nylund  


Gravitation: The Novel - Jun Lennon - I'm reasonably sure I've read this before, but I can't remember anything about it. It's probably mediocre-to-bad, but I have mostly fond memories of the great big wacky mess that was the manga series (robotic panda!), and fonder memories of the anime (glittering J-Pop!), so when I spotted a copy of this on sale for less than a dollar I decided to get it.


Halo: The Fall of Reach - Eric Nylund - Some comments on one of Grim's posts convinced me to give the Halo novels a try at some point, but I didn't actually set out to buy this. It was just there while I was in a bookstore, and it seemed to be the first book, judging by the series list at the beginning.


All Romance Ebooks had one of their 50% rebate sales, so I picked up a few e-books as well. These are all books that, according to publisher/author descriptions, feature ace main characters.


To Terminator, With Love - Wes Kennedy  My Alpha and His Cake (The Alpha and His Ace Book 2) - Ana J. Phoenix  Stinger - Katya Harris  


The Galloway Road - Catherine Adams  The Cybernetic Tea Shop - Meredith Katz  Open Skies - Yolande Kleinn  


There are now enough works out there that I can't afford to buy everything. I passed up several published by presses I'm more familiar with (Dreamspinner, Riptide), for various reasons. All but one of the ones I chose were published by Less Than Three Press. I wasn't impressed with the quality of their editing in Victoria Zagar's Wings of Destruction, but I figured I'd give them another shot (or five). Someone whose tastes I trust liked at least one of them, so I'm crossing my fingers that there are at least a few good ones in the bunch.


The one not published by Less Than Three Press is My Alpha and His Cake. Ana J. Phoenix's The Alpha and His Ace wasn't great, but I'm a bit of a completist and the sequel was cheap.