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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

A Rational Arrangement
Rowyn Ashby
Progress: 13/537 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes
The Ginza Ghost: and other stories
Ho-Ling Wong, Keikichi Ōsaka
Progress: 82/203 pages
Who?
Algis Budrys
To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
Connie Willis, Recorded Books LLC, Steven Crossley
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
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 278 out of 391 pages.

The Player of Games  - Iain M. Banks

Gurgeh has been invited to someone's estate (in an Empire outside the Culture). He has just been told that one of the ladies is interested in him and that it's totally cool if he has sex with her:

"I'm most grateful. I shall certainly try to relax; but I was told before I came here that I would be found ugly, even disfigured, by your people. Your kindness overwhelms me, but I would prefer not to inflict myself on somebody who might not be available through choice alone."

Either he's being cautious and pretending to be polite and humble, or he has completely forgotten the prostitutes he almost had sex with earlier in the book.

 

He has also taken to watching torture porn. Flere-Imsaho assured readers that he doesn't get any sexual pleasure out of it, so I'm guessing he watches it to stay angry and thereby better his game. Or something? Either way, it's time for a fluffy manga break.