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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

The Edge of the Abyss
Emily Skrutskie
Progress: 51/281 pages
The Listerdale Mystery and Eleven Other Stories
Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser
Progress: 3/6 minutes
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
Julie Sondra Decker
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Abigail Revasch, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Tara Sands, Listening Library
Progress: 190/473 minutes
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: 448/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

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.