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Finally, I'm a trained reference at large (not currently working as one), and have a question-answering reflex.

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There is a new Penric novella, eeee! It’s called Penric's Fox and is set after Penric and the Shaman, which makes sense; There’s a gap in the sequence there.

I won’t be able to get it for a few days, but I’m going to have trouble waiting.

Am rereading Provenance by Ann Leckie. (yes, you may presume I like it; I would not otherwise reread it.)

I am not at my best, health wise, but hello, I just made peppermint tea, would you like some?

I recently read The Big Meow, by Diane Duane, and that was satisfying.

What are you reading?

Recently read a book I enjoyed a lot: Bedlam Stacks, by Natasha Pulley. I was concerned about various aspects of it, as it's got a lot of British being colonial in it, with reference to all kinds of things like the opium trade, but Pulley seems to me to have pulled it off. I didn't care so much for her Watchmaker of Filigree Street (I found it well-written but disturbing), but this caught my attention in a number of ways. I'll put some of the rest of my thoughts behind a CW.

Evening, shop!

Have been getting good advice on the POD publishing front from various knitting designers, so that's good.

I have been to the library, where I picked up _Purple and Black_, by K.J. Parker. It's a lot shorter than I expected, 113 pages. And it's epistolary, which makes me happy when it's done well. So here's hoping!

Also, I was recently reminded that the final book in Kate Elliott's Court of Five series will be out on the 25th, which makes me happy.

I have just devoured the Harbors of the Sun, by Martha Wells, and now I'm going to reread it more slowly. So good!

Good morning!

I'm going to spend the morning knitting samples and rereading the penultimate Raksura book, The Edge of Worlds. I wish it didn't end on a cliffhanger. None of the other books do, if you want to read them for the first time. The last book in the series will be out in July, so at least I won't have to wait too much longer.

Hello, shop! I had a lot of driving to do for mostly fruitless errands, so that was fun. On the plus side, I got a ginger cookie. And plenty of tea when I got home.

I have read my way through the first three Raksura books while knitting. That leaves two Raksura anthologies and one more novel before I run out of Raksura books.

Good morning, shop. I'm considering a third cup of tea; anyone else need some hot water?

Off to knitting group this morning, and then I need to write tomorrow's blog post.

Hm, what to read today? Oh, right, I have a new Peter S. Beagle book from the library.

I have devoured the first three of Hilari Bell's Knight & Rogue books, and now I'm regretting not checking the other three out from the library at the same time. Thanks for the recommendation, @KatrinaM!

Hello!

I won't say good morning, because I slept terribly and have been stumbling through my morning so far. Blargle.

It didn't help that I stayed up later than I should have, reading Tremontaine. (I always wondered where the chocolate in Swordspoint came from.) I'm halfway through, and am intrigued. I'm not used to the stories in shared world anthologies being *this* intertwined.

Hello, shop! It's being a puttery sort of a day, but so far I have hung up laundry, bought a raincoat that fits, and finished reading Central Station. There were things I liked about it, and things I didn't. (Somehow it didn't feel finished, though it was kind of the way that life never feels finished. But still, I like stories to be more wrapped up.) I liked it more than not.

Here is Shadow. She is doing some very important sleeping.

Also also, I read the last chapter of Caroline Stevermer's _College of Magics_. Very satisfying comfort reading still. Would read again.

Next up: Ngaio Marsh's _Artists in Crime_, and I will hope the suck fairy hasn't visited too much of it.

Just read a new story by Martha Wells: The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red. Good stuff. I'm glad there will be sequels, but I'm also glad to say it came to a good stopping point.

I went into our home library to find some comfort reading. Apparently I am uncertain what I would find comforting right now, as I came out with a stack of books in case the first one wasn't right. Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Diane Duane, Midori Snyder, Peter S. Beagle, Carolyn Stevermer, Tanith Lee, Barbara Hambly, Patricia C Wrede. It's certainly an eclectic stack! What I do know is that I'm reverting to my teenage and college years.

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