(I can see the tops of the lakeside fireworks, two miles away and change, only because TO is built on a gentle hill and I'm at the point where it just starts to get steep. Three blocks away I'd have an even better view.)
So wa reirei no yuki ni mai
-- happy Taishou days
Nine Doors of Night
--Hatsu Akiko's unconsidered trifles. Pleasant, as such trifles are, but no high points in this volume.
Heisei Ghost busters 2 & 3
--wish I'd finished 4 as well, of this annoying and random Onmyouji meets the modern world manga that's been bugging me for six years now
-- not a conscientious 'look up all unknown terms' read, but a fast plow-through to the essentials. This may be the only way to read Okano and stay sane. As witness
Youmi Henjou Yawa 4
That architect manga
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
--present from kickinpants. I love epistolary novels as long as they aren't written by Richardson. Could have wished for more book chat, myself.
Death at Apothecaries' Hall
-- written under the pseudonym of Deryn Lake by Dinah Lampitt, 'a well-known historical novelist.' I suppose her historical novels are as badly edited as her mysteries. Not sure what to make of this one. Some stylistic infelicities, some inattention to language (but not on the Philippa Gregory level), an unlikely number of corpses and a less than unguessable mystery. But I still couldn't put it down, and its atmosphere stayed with me for days.
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor
-- reading the later ones first spoils one big plot twist, but the twist was masterfully set up and the voice sounds to my ears spot on. Hadn't realized she got the idea first when she was pregnan and kept hearing Jane Austen's voice in her head. Wonderful are the ways of creation because no other mother of my acquaintance has ever channelled a dead author.