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Familiar Diversions

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

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Abigail Revasch, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Tara Sands, Listening Library
Progress: 25/473 minutes
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
Fluency
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
The Memory Prisoner - Thomas Bloor, Chris Sheban When Maddie was two years old, something terrible happened that she can't remember, even though she can remember everything else she's ever heard or seen. Whatever it was that happened, Maddie's grandfather, Silas Lemon, disappeared, the library, which had been a lending library open to the public, shut its doors to almost everyone, and Maddie became afraid to leave the house. Thirteen years later, Maddie has not left the house once. Instead, she sits by her window and watches the outside world, learning about the goings on in the rest of the town from her younger brother Keith, whose memory is as amazing as her own.Maddie and Keith's strange existence is disturbed by the news that Keith must now work at the Tower Library. The library is a mysterious and lifeless place that seems to have control over all of the town's information, from police reports to medical records, and the librarians are hiding some kind of secret in a restricted area of the library. Maddie becomes obsessed with investigating the Tower Library, encouraging the reluctant Keith to see as much of the library as he can and report everything he sees to her. Eventually, Maddie is forced to go outside in order to protect Keith, and she suddenly feels free and able to visit the library on her own. While there, she discovers what happened to her grandfather, learns about the terrible memory she suppressed, and frees the town from the corruption and control of the Tower Library.This book was a bit of a letdown. Maddie's situation was so odd that I was expecting the ending of the book to be just as strange, but then it turned out to be a fairly mundane (if extremely pervasive) case of blackmail. No one knows what happened to Maddie's grandfather, Maddie hasn't left the house in 13 years, the Tower Library just screams "dark and foreboding," Maddie's mother is afraid of cupboards and drawers, and the readers are given blackmail and corruption as the root explanation of everything? I'd kind of expected that the librarians would turn out to be dangerous supernatural soul-suckers or some other creepy fantasy explanation.Even if the ending didn't really live up the mood of the story, Bloor did a great job up to that point. I loved the creepy strangeness of it all, and the thought of villainous librarians always makes me laugh a bit.(Original review, with read-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)