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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

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
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

Reading progress update: I've read 157 out of 401 pages.

Liege-Killer (Paratwa, 1) - Christopher Hinz

I am stopping briefly to make some good book noise. I'm actually kind of nervous. Is it possible for this book to continue to be good all the way to the end? Could I really be that lucky?


I decided I was in the mood for sci-fi, and Freading had this in their Space Opera section. At 4 tokens, it's the most expensive Freading e-book I've checked out so far, but it's been worth it. The rest of the trilogy is also 4 tokens each, and I've been mentally planning out my future checkouts, assuming Liege-Killer continues to be this good.


Some things:


- The overall world is very interesting, but some aspects and the way they were written about struck me as being a little dated. I'm not sure what elements, exactly, gave me that impression. Maybe the "science is bad and should be tightly regulated" parts? Anyway, I checked, and I was right. This was originally published in 1987.


- I suppose you could call this science fiction suspense. Hidden traitors, shadow plans, political maneuvering - I can't wait to see where this is all going.


- The reviews I've looked at say this book is very violent. So far, there have only been occasional bursts of violence - lots of deaths (including animals), but not very graphically described (although maybe I am jaded?). Also, no one the author has even vaguely made readers care about has died. I wonder if this will hold all the way through?


- Only one of the main characters is a woman, but I like her. She isn't stupid, and she seems pretty tough. Unfortunately, her 12-year-old son annoys me to no end.