Backtracking a little: yesterday, we dragged Rachel and my sister's friend B to the market, in which there are things like enormous carrots, giant chicken carcasses, frogs in cages waiting death, eels, assorted pig limbs and innards and other such tasty things. While last year, the highlight was a giant pig's head plopped on the table, no doubt to certify that we were indeed buying real pig, this year's highlight was a goat's head, complete with fur and eyes.
No doubt this was to certify that the table had participated in Satanic sacrifices or something.
The weirdest thing was that I'm not sure if it was lamb they were selling. I guess it must have been, unless Taiwanese grocers ward off flies via Satanic ritual.
It was like something out of Yuki Kaori or Cross.
In other news, B and my sister managed to purchase a lot of shoes while Rachel and I purchased a lot of books. My sister got cute pink shoes, and B got a nice black pair. And then she showed off her orange pair, in which I sort of looked at them.
"Your sister doesn't like me shoes!" B cried out plaintively. "What do you think of my shoes?" she asked me again.
"Um," I said. "They're orange?" "Waaaah!" said B. "Go ask Rachel," I said. "They're sort of orange."
After finally getting Rachel away from packing, B said, "What do you think of my shoes?"
Rachel didn't say anything for a good five seconds.
"They're very orange?" she said.
By the way, Rachel ended up getting some Singaporean (?) editions of Fruits Basket (v. 17-18), thankfully in English, and vol. 1 of a British kids book by Annie Dalton. I found Megan Lindholm's Alien Earth (30% off too!!) and a British edition of Scott Westerfeld's The Risen Empire, published here in the States as two separate books and sadly out of print, despite being an awesome space opera complete with zombies.
There was also a book on the history of Chinese eunuchs, and two books on opium in China, unfortunately too expensive for me, and cool Chinese editions of Earthsea, since Tales of Earthsea from Ghibli just came out here.
(and because Rachel insists, for her "Gratuitously Depressing Books" award) I also remembered the most depressing YA/kids' book I ever read, which is either Donna Jo Napoli's The Magic Circle, a retelling of Hansel and Gretel with a cannibalistic witch who has literally sold her soul to the devil, and a YA book I remembered from a long time ago, set in America in the 1800s. The heroine decides that she doesn't want to be married off, and so resolves to not eat, as one is wont to do in such circumstances. The entire book is on how anorexia affects her body, complete with growing more hair because her body can't keep itself warm and the stopping of her menstrual cycle. Naturally, she goes more and more insane, and the lovely quilt she was embroidering flowers and other such things on soon becomes the canvas for various embroidered insects and spiders.
Then she dyes the thing black and dies.
This all came about when Rachel found a YA book about a young girl dying of leprosy, and thus gets send to a leper colony.
Anyway, does anyone remember the name of the quilt book? I seem to think it's called Nell's Quilt, but am too lazy to Google.
Anyway anyway, must go to bed now!
ETA: afterbeing not lazy and googling, it turns out it is called Nell's Quilt and possibly the heroine doesn't die. The Amazon reviews are extremely fun though.
Uh, happy reading?