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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 listened to 2 out of 10 discs.

Cleopatra's Moon - Vicky Alvear Shecter, Kirsten Potter

"What if...what if I command you to stay?" I asked,* lifting my chin. "I can do that!"

Okay, so I haven't abandoned this book yet, but it's still pretty boring. There is action...but it's all off-page, because Cleopatra Selene is still only 9 or 10 and is barely aware of what's going on. Euginia, her lady's maid (or whatever she's called), has just told her that she's leaving. Things are not looking good, a possibility Selene never considered because her parents are as gods in her eyes, and Euginia's parents want her to be somewhere safe.


I desperately wish this story were told from the perspective of an adult, because Selene is so self-centered and largely blind to a lot of what's going on around her. At the part that I quoted, I had to remind myself that she's just a spoiled little girl, and I probably shouldn't dislike her so much because it's not her fault. But so far I do dislike her.


I'm not a religious person myself, but I was not happy with the bit where Selene, a 9-year-old girl, asked a rabbi difficult questions about his faith and the best he could do was sputter and become flustered. It was a scene designed entirely to make Selene look clever, and all I could think was "Seriously? This man has never dealt with questions like these before?"




* Note: This quote is from Google Books scans. The narrator's words are "I said" instead of "I asked." I went with "I asked" because it's more correct and, I'm guessing, what the text originally said. Now I'm wondering if there are other places where the audiobook differs slightly from the print book, and whether this happens often in audiobooks.