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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1
Alessandro Juliani, Roger Zelazny
Progress: 73/331 minutes
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano
Progress: 194/248 pages
Making Arrangements
Progress: 44 %
Let's Talk About Love
Claire Kann
Progress: 80/277 pages
Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
Progress: 310/336 pages
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Progress: 41/255 pages
A Rational Arrangement
Rowyn Ashby
Progress: 89/537 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

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.