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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Fall Into Darkness
Christopher Pike
Progress: 25/211 pages
Jane Jensen: Gabriel Knight, Adventure Games, Hidden Objects (Influential Video Game Designers)
Jennifer deWinter, Carly A. Kocurek, Anastasia Salter
Invader: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 2
Daniel Thomas May, Audible Studios, C.J. Cherryh
Progress: 774/997 minutes
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
Robert I. Sutton
Progress: 6/210 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 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.