It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.
A bit too much research exposition about the history of New York; if it doesn't advance the story, don't put it in.
Will Self's Introduction is a complete waste of paper, unless knowing how stupid Will Self is has some value to you. The story itself starts chillingly and then veers into the truely bizarre as well as scary. Influence on Orwell's 1984 obvious already.
Waldere: only fragments remain in Anglo-Saxon but the story is known from sources in other languages.
Scientific explanations vary from garbled messes to quite clear, seemingly depending on where the author got her info: solar physics (unknown source) hopeless; aurorae (Eric Donovan) good; magnetosphere/substorms (Steve Milan) good. Steve Milan is a very helpful bloke, btw; he gave a very useful critique of my application for my current job (as did his equally helpful wife, Gabrielle Provan).
Japanese schoolboys from the turn of the 20th Century are not much different from British schoolboys from 100 years later...
...also baseball arrived in Japan much earlier than I would have guessed!
Ah! Eric Donovan - Professor at Calgary University of not phoning you at the agreed time for a job interview, thereby ruining your Easter holiday, and making pathetic excuses about it afterwards. You will note I don't work for him...
An update from Flagon:
Roar! There's a place mentioned called The Cave of the Sleeping Dragon. Sounds like my kind of place! And there's no Dragon living there - just a Cat with No Name! So I could move in and take a nap! I wonder if there's any Treasure to sleep on?