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Wed Nov 14th, 2018


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08:24 pm - Cold and blue evening
Odd disquietening thing happened yesterday. Went to my acupuncture studio down Spadina, locked bike to bike stand by the curb, had appointment. Came out, bike was no longer there. It was leaning against the store next to the studio building, and the open lock was sitting on the carrier. No idea how, because the keys were in my pocket, but the rubber casing had been twisted around which has happened before when people tried to meddle with it. So... someone unlocked my bike but decided not to take it after all? Just to show that they could? (For once I *know* I didn't leave it leaning against a building with the lock open. I will sometimes wonder if I actually locked my bike to the stand, because on occasion I've succeeded in locking the bike to nothing but its own frame. That usually happens if there's another bike there with a short lock that makes it hard to angle my own in. But I do turn the key on the lock and I'd never leave it leaning against a building.)

Read?
The Hanging Tree
-- can't wait to read Lies Sleeping now. Mail alas is taking its own sweet time, even though my new sheets arrived a day early.

Reading?
Nix, Goldenhand
-- to see what happens after Liriel. Hoping for more of the Dog or Mogget but not likely to get either.

The Purgatorio still.

And in future?
Nix, Clariel
-- to see what happened before Sabriel.

Have vol 3 of Ouberie and Abouet's BD Aya de Yopougon coming to me, in French, because the translations of vols 1&2 have either gone walkies or have been checked out. Whether I can understand Côte d'Ivoire French remains to be seen.

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From:incandescens
Date:November 16th, 2018 07:19 pm (UTC)
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As Aaronovitch popped into Leeds on Thursday to do some autographs, I got you a signed copy of Lies Sleeping. Hope to put it in the post tomorrow...

Glad your bike didn't vanish.
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From:flemmings
Date:November 17th, 2018 01:38 am (UTC)
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Better hold off on sending the book. Breaks my heart, but there's a 30 day backlog of parcels already and foreign POs have been asked not to send mail.

"Britain's Royal Mail, in a bulletin to its corporate customers, said it would hold any shipments bound for Canada within the last couple of days in its distribution centres "awaiting further updates."

Mortal Word hasn't arrived yet, so the delay is real.
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From:incandescens
Date:November 17th, 2018 01:51 am (UTC)
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Yikes. I'll hold it for the moment, in that case. Much sympathy on the irritation.

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From:flemmings
Date:November 17th, 2018 03:59 am (UTC)
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Thanks. At least I have a preorder on MW at Bakka if your copy falls into the abyss.
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From:incandescens
Date:November 18th, 2018 01:29 am (UTC)
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Fingers crossed. Just let me know when you'd like me to put it in the mail.
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From:flemmings
Date:November 19th, 2018 02:50 am (UTC)
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Shall do, but this looks to be a long drawn out business that won't get settled soon, let alone clear the backlog.
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From:incandescens
Date:November 21st, 2018 02:05 am (UTC)
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Hm. It almost sounds as if it might be better to put it in the post now, so that it would at least be in the system... or is that just the sort of argument that leads to an even bigger backlog?
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From:flemmings
Date:November 21st, 2018 02:54 pm (UTC)
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I'm inclined to say mail it now and let fate do as it will. At least I know it's coming. And they're now talking back to work legislation, I think, so maybe...

Luckily I thought to put a hold on the ebook way back when, on the grounds of better safe than sorry. (Ebook because it had half the holds of the hardcover.) Still a three week wait, but one or the other will arrive eventually and I can stop closing my eyes to spoilers.
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From:incandescens
Date:November 23rd, 2018 01:32 am (UTC)
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I'll try and stick it in the post on Saturday, then. Fingers crossed.
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From:flemmings
Date:November 23rd, 2018 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much. And fingers crossed.

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