So this goes onto the stack along with last week's The Women of Nell Gwynne's (Kage Baker) and Space Viking (H. Beam Piper)
Now all I've got to do is find the time to read all this cool stuff!
Edited to add: Other lucky finds over the past few days ... bought a copy of Butterick pattern #B4928 which is exactly the coat pattern I've been looking for for several years ... knew the right retro would pop up eventually. The fullness and minimal seams are perfect for showing off the self-embroidered vines and flowers on a length of sage-green wool I've had stashed away (hmmmm ... do I have 3 or 4 metres of that? I can live without pockets if I have to). And some lengthening will make it just right for an also-stashed 4-metres of turquoise linen patterned with large scallops of rainbow-coloured embroidery and sequins. Of course now I need lining fabric ... ;p
And then the nice folk at Elann got their hands on some Noro Silk Mountain ... for those not in the knitting know, Noro is a Japanese spinner which turns out yarns in unusual fibre mixtures and very saturated gorgeous colours (and usually hefty price tags), while British-Columbia-based Elann, along with marketing their own house brand of lovely yarns, acts as a liquidator for discontinued products (which usually sell out very rapidly because they tend to be high-end stuff). And Silk Mountain has just been discontinued. The liquidation price was too crazy low to pass up (close to 1/4 the usual retail up here), so I indulged and today's mail brought me enough of the lovely stuff to make a jacket/cardigan. Interesting texture ... soft but also "crisp" ... probably due to the 25% silk content (the rest is 65% wool, 10% kid mohair). Deep cedar green with flashes of deep gold, teal, turquoise, royal blue, purple, and fuschia throughout (photos are only a pale shadow of the real thing, and I do mean pale) ... with that colour I keep expecting it to smell of cedar too (nope, just smells of clean)