Millennium hand *and* shrimp. I don't read blurbs, because blurb writers have no clue as to what constitutes a book-breaking spoiler, so I didn't read the blurb on the back cover of These Old Shades, only I just did. Granted, the twist appeared in the book five pages later, and granted the twist is still shoujo mangappoi, nonetheless I find myself reluctant to continue with These Old Shades because I can guess pretty much how it goes from here, thanks to that big mouthed blurb. Shall probably continue, hoping I'm wrong. But I find myself much more inclined to read the naive sub-sub-editor of Weird Tokyo Tales being suddenly all heart-burny on account of the weird tales author he's in charge of is known to be in a liaison with a geisha. Even if omniscient narrator author tells us the geisha will later become Mrs. Weird Tales Author, the 'ah what is this unknown emotion that assails my breast?' dork still goes down better than, well, These Old Shades.