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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Lying in Wait
Liz Nugent
Progress: 28/310 pages
The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
Progress: 72/313 pages
To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines
Judith Newman
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
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 120 out of 266 pages.

Fox's Bride - A.E. Marling

This book isn't quite as bizarre as the first one. I kind of miss that, but this one is turning out to be much easier reading. There's still something slightly off-putting about the author's writing, but Marling's POV choice is so much better. The first book was written in first person, from Hiresha's perspective - Hiresha, the character who can barely keep her eyes open and who is at her best when she's asleep. This book is written in third person limited, which opens things up a bit. The world is no longer a surreal near-dream, at least not 100% of the time.


Other comments:


- Hiresha's romantic options are terrible. There's Tethiel, who is basically her charming and dangerous vampire almost-boyfriend. Then there's Chandur, her bodyguard, who's devoted, muscular, and definitely not a horrifying fear-eating monster. Unfortunately, he's also very young, very earnest, and very naive.


- I still love the way Hiresha's magic works - she can enchant or heal things or people she's holding when she falls asleep, and in her dreams she can minutely examine anything she heard or saw while she was awake. Of the things she has enchanted, Chandur's sword is one of my favorites. It's 50 pounds, has a blade made out of jasper, and only works as a weapon because of the many enchantments she layered onto it.