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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Algis Budrys
Alliance In Blood
Ariel Tachna
Progress: 86/210 pages
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
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 57 out of 321 pages.

The Book of Deacon - Joseph Lallo

This world is filled with about as much betrayal and awfulness as Youko's first few weeks/months in Fuyumi Ono's Twelve Kingdoms, except that Myranda is a native of this place and you'd think she'd have learned by now.


One of the characters I was looking forward to seeing, Leo the anthropomorphic fox, has already showed up and left (but probably not for long?). His appearance and behavior reminds me of Disney's Robin Hood.


Writing-wise, this still isn't my cup of tea. I haven't seen anything in the way of errors (ETA: whoops, not quite right - a few here and there), but it desperately needs tightening up. That whole bit with the blind priest was designed solely so that Myranda would have someone to describe herself to. Might as well have parked her in front of a convenient mirror - it would at least have been over quicker.


At this point, I doubt I'll be buying the rest of the trilogy, although I will still sigh over the pretty cover art. I particularly like the art for The Rise of the Red Shadow.