Simon, if you're done with Number Nine Dream, go read "Last Call" by Tim Powers. You'll thank me. Thanks, Chryss
"Dear Chryss, like the lazy slob I am I checked an online bookshop for "Last Call". Strangely, there are two available books of that title; one by Bob Colbert, the other by Bill Ammerman but not by Tim Powers who has other titles listed. Alas, what am I to do? You see I am a literary vampire i.e. a real sucker for a good book.s"