The Dark Archive, especially with the coda saying We're near the end of this, guys. Sigh.
Kipling, The Knights of the Joyous Venture
-- someone on tumblr was saying 'Look, clots, if an unrepentent imperialist colonialist can put a Chinese sailor on board his Viking ship, what's your problem?' I might cavil at the unrepentent bit, but yeah: not only Asian sailors (with unlikely names) but female pirates mentioned in passing as well. Except it seems I never read that part of Puck of Pook's Hill, so now I have. Not sure if I'll read all the rest of it: much perefer Rewards and Fairies.
Rankin, Exit Music
-- Rebus, as ever, and Big Ger Mcafferty, sigh, but mindless reading anyway.
Picked a Japanese book from the gomi, Bijinesu Koushou Jutsu/ Business Negotiating Tactics, aimed at poor Japanese having to negotiate stuff in English. Reading the introduction and explanations because they use watercolour business vocabulary that I never got a handle on. Am not likely to remember them now either but it does reinforce the kanji study.
Rickman, The Bones of Avalon
-- not a fan of the Merrily Watson series- definite lack of a there there/ neither fish nor flesh nor good red herring-- but figured a semi-mystery about John Dee might go down better. Maybe it's because this is an ebook but so far... there's still a lack of there theres.
Really tempted to reread The Magician's Nephew. I wasn't as bowled over by Piranesi as some-- in spite of having all my ascendants etc in Pisces, I am stubbornly an earth-and-wood Capricorn when it comes to water, esp sea water, which basically I do not like and do not trust. But The Magician's Nephew does it just right: bound water in pools in a forest, to say nothing of orchards on top of hills.
Must contact the library system and arrange for home delivery during the winter season. Can have a bunch of my holds delivered to me and picked up for the duration, however long the duration lasts.