Mar. 28th, 2009

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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 [ 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...


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