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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

Available for $0.99, today only

Blue Steel Chain: A Trowchester Blues Novel - Alex Beecroft

It's normally $6.99. This appears to apply to Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, but not All Romance Ebooks.


This one is m/m romance starring one asexual character. I haven't read it, although it's on my "maybe one day" list. I had previously passed it by several times because reviews mention that the asexual character is in an extremely abusive relationship and even several Beecroft fans felt that the on-page abuse was a bit much.


I'm still debating whether to get it. Even assuming the on-page abuse doesn't bug me, the fact that the abused character is asexual might. I'm reminded of Victoria Zagar's Wings of Destruction, in which the asexual main character had previously been raped. The story came perilously close to making it look like the character was asexual because he'd been raped, and I worry about the same thing happening here.


Whoops, I haven't done such a fabulous job of making this book sound appealing. Anyway, if you're still interested, it's super cheap right now!