2. Finished Full Fathom Five. Twisty-but-genial Gladstone as ever, and I think twistier even than the first two. Gladstone seems to require rereads of his oeuvre before one can proceed to the current work: similar to Aaronovitch if not quite that bad. Aaronovitch because he always has at least three balls in the air if not more, and the one you forget is the one most likely to be referenced in the sequel.
(Truly, am I the only person who never thought to wonder how Lesley taught herself magic all alone with no mentor, when it took Peter months and months of daily training under Nightingale to master the same tricks?)
3. Scott has a stopword- a phrase that recurs over and over again. It's (So-and-so) cursed under his breath.' I know it's Scott's because it recurs in Point of Knives as well as the first two.