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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Vintage: A Ghost Story
Berman, Steve, Steve Berman
The Moai Island Puzzle
Ho-Ling Wong, Alice Arisugawa
Progress: 30/239 pages
The snail-watcher, and other stories
Patricia Highsmith
Progress: 9/177 pages
Jane Jensen: Gabriel Knight, Adventure Games, Hidden Objects (Influential Video Game Designers)
Jennifer deWinter, Carly A. Kocurek, Anastasia Salter
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
Robert I. Sutton
Progress: 140/210 pages
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
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 19 out of 239 pages.

The Moai Island Puzzle - Ho-Ling Wong, Alice Arisugawa

I just finished Soji Shimada's introduction (he's the author of The Tokyo Zodiac Murders), which includes a little of the history of Japanese puzzle mysteries.

 

I'm now on the first page of the actual mystery, and I already have to laugh at myself a little. Alice Arisugawa, who is a man, has written a character with his pen name into the book. Alice the character is also male, and that Alice is currently talking to a character named Maria (female). They're both Japanese.

 

"So how did two people bearing such exotic names come to meet in this age-old city?"

 

At first my brain went "Exotic?" and then I remembered that, yes, in Japan "Alice" and "Maria" would be considered exotic names.