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My mother got out of the hospital on Thursday, new pacemaker in place, and already seems to have more energy and look perkier than she has for ages.

Me, not so much.

Until I've recharged a bit, I haven't got much to offer, but hopefully not everyone will have seen already/be totally uninterested in every one of these bits and pieces.

1. From the pacemaker (properly called a 'pulse generator', apparently) patient guide my mother got: "Electrical appliances such as hairdryers and vibrators should not be held directly over the pulse generator....". ??? I read this to my mother when she was still a little bit groggy from tranquilizer given for the procedure, and she said that she thought vibrators were "hand-operated" (meaning battery-operated), which made us laugh even more.

2. Patricia Wrede's Thirteenth Child is available already, a couple of weeks early! Can't wait to read this one.

3. Those on my flist will likely know about this either from [livejournal.com profile] steepholm or one of his many friends' mentions of it, but ... Charlie Butler on Alan Garner! Okay, it's not all Charlie talking about AG, but fans of either one of them may want to check this out. Alan Garner: The Return to Brisingamen - Listen Again - another three days to listen.

4. My number one favourite online bookshop is still Better World Books, but I've just discovered an oddly addictive pastime, and that's watching people shop live on the Book Depository's online site. Sounds daft? Take a quick peek - it's a very attractive map, if nothing else. (Seeing that someone had bought Lace and Blade 2* in Kansas seconds after I'd bought it was the initial hook, but it's also fun to see trends of the "stretch of non-fiction in the UK" type, or sudden unexpected sales of Birds of Africa in Belgium, frex.)

5. Again, many people will have already seen Sara Zarr's post about being photoshopped to look thinner, but it's worth a read. Depressing in the persistence of the 'thinner is more attractive' attitude, but then how much of a surprise is that? And Sara Zarr is fantastic, as always.

6. Did anybody else not know that City of Glass is out now? Or at least, the US version is out, and given the hideousness of the forthcoming UK paperback's cover, I'm happy not to wait for it.

* I haven't got Lace and Blade yet, and have JUST noticed that two of the stories in L&B 2 are sequels to stories in L&B, but never mind! Sherwood Smith & Norilana Books are reason enough to buy, and I can hold off on the two if necessary...

Date: 2009-03-28 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emmaco.livejournal.com
The book depository map is fantastic! What a great idea.

Glad your mum is home! And that there is still much fun to be had from the bizarre in the experience.

Date: 2009-03-28 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-schrapnell.livejournal.com
Glad it wasn't just me thinking the map was fun! And yes - there was plenty of amusingly bizarre, but it is very nice she's home. (Got to get this posted so I can shut my computer down for Earth Hour!)

Date: 2009-03-28 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] intertext.livejournal.com
That book depository site is so addictive! Someone in Sweden just bought The House of Many Ways - cool :)

And I see from your GoodReads site that you liked those City books quite a bit - I've been eying them from a distance for a while, but I may break down and try the first one on your recommendation (you and I seem to have so much the same taste!)

Glad to hear your mum is home and doing well.

Date: 2009-03-28 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-schrapnell.livejournal.com
Oh, you had a lucky spotting in a DWJ!

I did enjoy the first two books, but I'm not entirely sure I'd have felt as comfortable about their enjoyability without the original [livejournal.com profile] sartorias recommendation. The comments on them on GoodReads and Amazon and the like seem so often diametrically opposed - either "totally derivative" or "well done and original", and Sherwood's read so much that I trust her feeling that there really were twists that were unexpected and different.

So maybe you should try the first one on [livejournal.com profile] sartorias's recommendation and then I won't lose my same taste status if you don't like it. :)

Date: 2009-03-28 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
I would have read and rereas Cassandra Clare's first one over and over as a kid. As an adult, I kinda knew where it was going, but enjoyed the wit and verve. The second one dropped a trapdoor on me, and so I am really looking forward to the third.

Date: 2009-03-29 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-schrapnell.livejournal.com
It's occurred to me (again) that I'm not totally sure which is your trapdoor! I expected a few things in the books and never saw others coming, and it's a fun mix. Hope you get to read it soon!

Date: 2009-03-28 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Ray for your mum!

Now if you can just get some rest . . .

Date: 2009-03-29 10:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-schrapnell.livejournal.com
Thanks! She's a bit tireder today than she was the first day, but that's not too surprising given the change from hospital to home (which is full of things like emails from MoveOn which must be read!)

Date: 2009-03-29 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Obama was here in Orange County for his first town meeting. Naturally the tickets were long sold out before we could have had a hope of getting them. But it was held at my daughter's old college, of which she knew the back ways, so she drove the eighty miles down from the valley, and managed to get in far enough to glimpse Obama before he left for the helicopters. (The freeways and main bldvs were lined with people and cars hoping for an old fashioned motorcade.)

I was out in the patio watering the plants when he left (summer is already here, so it's back to daily watering) and the helis streamed overhead. How exciting that was!

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