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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Lying in Wait
Liz Nugent
Progress: 28/310 pages
The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
Progress: 72/313 pages
To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines
Judith Newman
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
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 8 out of 340 pages.

Authority: A Novel - Jeff VanderMeer

This is probably not a good idea on my part, but some comments I got after I reviewed Annihilation made me decide to read the next book. It just came in via ILL. Whereas Annihilation was weirdness and exploration, the reviews make it sound like Authority is office politics and weirdness. It stars a completely different main character and takes place outside Area X.


Things I've learned so far (assuming they're not lies) that answer or add to questions leftover from Annihilation:



- The biologist, surveyor, and anthropologist all turned up outside Area X just like the people in past expeditions. The psychologist, however, did not.


- The psychologist knew more about Area X than the others in her expedition because she was, in fact, the director of Southern Reach.


- Even in his thoughts, Control (the main character, who prefers to be called Control rather than John Rodriguez) refers to Annihilation's expedition as the twelfth expedition.


- Area X has existed for more than 30 years.

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