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09:00 pm - Reading Wednesday would prefer a hot bath
Or new joints. Or a permanent nerve blocker. (Staff with rotator cuff injury was given a nerve blocker for her surgery. 'Why can't *I* have one of those?' I demanded. 'Because they're very dangerous,' said the Nurse Trainee, and proceeded to tell me why. So sad.)

Last finished?
Matsuura, A Robe of Feathers.
-- reread of Gaijin Writes Youkai, more appreciated now I have more youkai under my belt. Made me wonder if perhaps I'd been reading Ima Ichiko backwards, as it were: thinking of her as a disjunct from trad youkai (all those Edo period long-necked one-eyed bogles) when she was actually adapting them to the modern world. Matsuura does very much the same. I just wasn't seeing her as an Ima Ichiko manga, and should have been.

She has a blog here.

Reading now?
Still with the ack argh everything!

Getting somewhere with The coyote road: trickster tales. Datlow and Windling do good anthologies. Must comment on the stories before I take it back or in a week I'll have forgotten all of it.

Still forging through The Classic which is still in formulaic mode. Will tell you if I ever get to the myth parts.

Don't want to read The Secret Place. Tana French's Dublin blokes are too blokey for me.

The Pound Era and Women who run with the wolves sit and look at me reproachfully. Can I legitimately put them out on the boulevard on the grounds that I tried reading them, I really did, but they bore me? Same is true of The Decameron but I might actually read the second half of that just to say that I did.

And next?
Will there ever be a next? A mystery set in the 18th century is on its way from the library as is one of Shaun Tan's manga. May have better luck with those.

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From:incandescens
Date:October 13th, 2016 01:35 am (UTC)
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Lots of sympathy on the joints. I hope the pain eases.
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From:flemmings
Date:October 13th, 2016 01:54 am (UTC)
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Thank you. 'Get a new job' as another staff with joint pains was told by his doctor. Yeah, sure.
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From:i_am_zan
Date:October 14th, 2016 03:07 am (UTC)
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Yes, sympathies on the joints. *hugs*

... and that Coyote trickster tales ... I'm pretty sure I've read them ... except of course I cannot recall clearly any of them ... will wait to see your comments on it to see if it was the one I read. ^_^

... oh and is it Shaun Tan who wrote The Lost Thing ?

If it is I've read his books to the children at school. ^_^ ... which 18th C mystery (this one is by another author right, and not Shaun Tan? and which manga? Just being nosy. ^_~ ... as I've only ever seen his children's illustrated books.

Edited at 2016-10-14 03:08 am (UTC)
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From:flemmings
Date:October 14th, 2016 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it's Shaun Tan. Tales from Outer Suburbia, in this case. I didn't know he did children's books, since over here he's known for wordless graphic novels. But I see The Arrival is shelved as advanced children's picture books in our library system.

The mystery is A Conspiracy of Paper. Jewish protag in 18th century London, by an American. Fongers crossed.

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