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Oh, while I remember, thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday! Apologies for not replying.

Books I acquired in Paris:
Ink, by Hal Duncan - long-awaited (by me) follow-up to Vellum. Hurray.
Friends In High Places: Who Runs Britain? by Jeremy Paxman. From 1991, but I picked it up for a couple of euros. (Ha, I never connected the Welsh name Euros to the financial euros till now.)
Americus I by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Because I don't read enough poetry, and the lines on the front of this one jumped out at me - "To summarize the past by theft and illusion/ with a parasong a palimpsest/ a manuscreed writ over/ a graph of consciousness at best..." It's full of allusions and wordplay and joy in language.
Paris In The Twentieth Century by Jules Verne - Verne's novel predicting cars, elevators and fax machines, which wasn't published until 100 years later because at the time it was thought just TOO far-fetched.
Paris: The Secret History by Andrew Hussey
and best of all:
The Wizard of Oz pop-up book by Robert Sabuda, only in French. But it's beautiful, and the pop-ups are amazing. I persuaded my parents to buy me this for my birthday, to their slight bafflement.

Oh, and the, uh, cataloguey thing from The Pompidou Centre, so I could remember which new modern artists I'd found to my liking.

Today I've just ordered:
Kidnapped And Other Dispatches by Alan Johnston, the BBC reporter held in Gaza last year;
Anything Goes by John Barrowman, another autobiography;
and White Night by Jim Butcher, the new Dresden Files book.

Obviously, I'd ordered those three for £19.97 BEFORE I remembered I have a £20 Waterstone's voucher to spend. I'll just have to find something else to buy. Shame...

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anonymous_greg
Jan. 22nd, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Sure, why don't you just use 'being away in the City of Light' as an excuse. Hmph.

(j/k)

Will we be seeing photos of the pop-up book (at least)?
pickwick
Jan. 22nd, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I need to figure out how to work the macro function on my camera anyway, so...possibly.
anonymous_greg
Jan. 23rd, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Cool. (possibly)
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pickwick
Jan. 22nd, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
I suppose I can start using them as either insulation or furniture, or both... *has run out of bookshelves again*
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