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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 42 out of 391 pages.

The Player of Games  - Iain M. Banks

I was going to work on reviews last night, swollen eye or no, but then the weather turned nasty. I thought my computer was a goner, but it seems to have recovered, poor geriatric thing.


I picked this as my first read of my 5-day break. The first book in the series is Consider Phlebas, but a couple people in a Habitica book group advised me to start with The Player of Games instead.


I've been wanting to read this series because I've repeatedly seen Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch books compared to it. So far, I like the way the AIs/robots are written, but I'm not sure how I feel about Gurgeh, the human main character. He's a bored gamer who seems to be emotionally removed from everything around him.