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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

Earthrise - 15%-ish

Earthrise - M.C.A. Hogarth

This book was the carrot I used to convince myself to finally finish Mazarkis Williams' The Emperor's Knife (not necessarily a bad book, but I cared less and less about the characters as the story progressed).


It has a stronger beginning than Hogarth's Mindtouch. I just hope all that action leaves enough room for the lovely character interactions that made Mindtouch so enjoyable. There's a definite Firefly feel to the story - Reese is kind of like Mal (long-suffering, quick-thinking captain who's perpetually short on cash), and Hirianthial is a little like Simon Tam (pretty, cultured doctor who unfortunately invites a lot of trouble).


I think Earthrise might take place at around the same time Mindtouch does. These books remind me why I enjoy reading series in which the stories take place in the same world but don't necessarily depend upon each other - each new work you read fills in little pieces of the world as a whole. Mindtouch explained details about the Pelted and their history that, so far, haven't been brought up in Earthrise, and Earthrise has introduced a new creature that was never mentioned in Mindtouch.