Where Shasha shops.

The Yarkand spice market

So this would be the spice market in Yarkand, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, in October 2005. One of our group had a horrible cold, so we went inside and visited an elderly gentleman who had his shingle out as an apothecary (there was at least one in every market). He had a mortar and pestle made from a stick with a bulbous end and a long hollow wooden cylinder carved out of wood, which I think must have been a hollowed-out section of poplar, as it is the go-to wood in that region.

He listened attentively to the list of symptoms, held up a hand when he’d heard enough, and started sprinkling a pinch of this and a sprinkle of that into the wooden cylinder. He ground it up with the pestle and poured it into a little paper envelope, and handed it over to our sufferer with instructions to steep a healthy pinch in hot water morning and evening, and drink.

Worked like a charm.

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Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

 

Lions and camels and sea monsters, oh my!

Cartographer Dr. Cherie Northon’s got your Silk and Song map for you right here.

Click to engorgenate.

Click to engorgenate.

 

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Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

Now that’s a book.

The Head of Zeus omnibus edition of Silk and Song.

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Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

 

Moving on to totally unnecessary kitchen gadget Christmas presents now.

The bestselling Butterup Knife from MoMA.

Or you could just get the butter out of the refrigerator ahead of time, so you could spread it with a regular knife.

Or you could just get the butter out of the refrigerator ahead of time, so you could spread it with a regular knife.

The top-rated Kuhn Rikon Herb Chopper from Williams-Sonoma.

An herb chopper. Seriously? Because I'm thinking regular old knife, myself.

An herb chopper? Seriously? Because I’m thinking regular old knife, myself.

Back to Basics TEM4500 4-Slot Egg-and-Muffin Toaster.

Ohmydeargoodlord. I guess for the cook who already has every appliance under the sun, and unlimited counter space, too.

Ohmydeargoodlord. I guess for the cook who already has every appliance under the sun, and unlimited counter space, too? Or maybe that guy you know who eats Egg McMuffins three times a day.


Meanwhile, back at the bookstore…
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Email sales@poisonedpen.com or call toll free (888) 560-9919 to have them mailed to you, or you could even (so retro) actually drive down and pick up a copy in person.


Getting into weirder Christmas gift territory now.

(The prices should be spoken of only in low, deferential tones.)

The De Grisogono Ruby Grappoli wristwatch for women. $745,000. Put it on and walk down a dark alley for the added excitement of having it ripped off your wrist by your friendly neighborhood mugger. Also, you know, ugly.De Grisogono Ruby Grappoli women's watch


The Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. Perfect for tooling into town to check the mail and pick up a quart of milk. At $4.8 million, I can afford to watch the video. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita


A first edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. £140,000 ($210,142). Okay, I’d have to put the house up for sale, but this one I could talk myself into.first edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice


Meanwhile, because sanity…
Everything Under the Heavens cover artBy the Shores of the Middle Sea cover artThe Land Beyond cover art


Email sales@poisonedpen.com or call toll free (888) 560-9919 to have them mailed to you, or you could even (so retro) actually drive down and pick up a copy in person. But not if you have first spent all your money on the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita.

Weird, Cool Christmas Gifts

I kept running across weird, cool stuff and I couldn’t resist. It’s all the intertoobz’ fault. (There’s a buy link beneath all the images if you can’t help yourself. I’m sorry.)


For decorating your tree.
cool bulbz


Get your nerd on.Shield/Hydra mugsStar Wars Planet Glasses


Ohmydearlord. For your camping needs. You know you want it. I certainly do.clear camping tent


And of course.
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Email sales@poisonedpen.com or call toll free (888) 560-9919 to have them mailed to you, or you could even (so retro) actually drive down and pick up a copy in person.

Video of Saturday’s Silk and Song Event at the Poisoned Pen

Click through the image below to watch the livestream of me talking Silk and Song with Barbara Peters at the PP. We had a blast, and it was even a good hair day.

PP livestream

Click on the covers below to order.

Everything Under the Heavens cover artBy the Shores of the Middle Sea cover artThe Land Beyond cover art


Email sales@poisonedpen.com or call toll free (888) 560-9919 to have them mailed to you, or you could even (so retro) actually drive down and pick up a copy in person.