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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

The Dark Victorian: Risen Volume One
Elizabeth Watasin
Progress: 35/97 pages
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel
Dylan Marron, Jeffrey Cranor, Cecil Baldwin, Retta Andresen, Joseph Fink, Harper Audio, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer
Progress: 211/722 minutes
Death Note: Another Note
Progress: 54/176 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
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

Long Live the Queen

Sorry, this isn't a book post at all, although I suppose it could count as a story post. Feel free to ignore it.


I was working on my review for Mazarkis Williams' The Emperor's Knife last night, hoping to finally get it finished, when I made the mistake of checking Steam for sales. One of the games I ended up with was Long Live the Queen. An hour and a half later, I realized my review for The Emperor's Knife was still unfinished. I don't play games often, but when I do, I get really caught up in them.


For those who are interested: Long Live the Queen is an indie life simulation game. You play as a cute-looking, pink-haired, anime/manga style princess whose mother has recently died. Gameplay is limited to choosing what classes the princess will take each week, choosing what she does during her free time, and, occasionally, clicking multi-choice responses to the things going on around her. The object of the game is to survive long enough to become the queen.


So far, I've played through it two times and died both times. I think the longest I've lived is maybe 25 weeks. The first time, I was killed for foolishly choosing to go to a party without first having trained in fighting or battlefield medicine. The second time, I was assassinated with poisonous chocolates for, I think, pissing off certain nobles. The civil war I started (and won!) may have had something to do with it.


I don't know how long it will last, but so far I'm having a lot of fun with this game. I'll get through my backlog of review posts eventually....