Ain't life grand? Anyway, en route to the Arcana meeting I stopped by Uncle Hugo's and found a Tim Powers' Expiration Date on the used shelf; I also found Harry Turtledove's In The Presence of Mine Enemies in paperback and snapped it up as well. The Powers is passing strange; the Turtledove is...creepy. There is something particularly horrible about alternate universes where Nazi Germany is victorious over the Allies, and In The Presence of Mine Enemies, which is mainly about the struggle of a handful of Jews hiding in the very heart of the Reich to survive brings that horror out in force.
On a lighter note, Phantom Quest Corporation is a lot of fun. If you've seen the "Ghostbusters" AMV by ErMaC, then you have a pretty good idea what it's all about: a high-fashion redhead and her partners trashing supernatural troublemakers. Adding to the fun, Ayaka Kisaragi - the redhead in question - has a problem controlling her taste for the high life, especially when it comes to shopping and drink. Fortunately, she's a pretty good detective and has the most lethal lipstick case (yes, it does turn into a light-saber) in anime history. It's too bad there's only four episodes; it could quite easily have become an interesting cross between Moonlighting and Ghostbusters. A lot of the reviews online compare PQC unfavorably to Ghost Sweeper Mikami, which I haven't seen but apparently covers the same territory, but I think series ought to be judged on their own merits. Good series, definitely worth renting and probably worth buying if you like the series a lot.