- A hundred pages left to go. Finally hit a dry-spell, the courtroom scene. The only thing more boring than a lawyer is a courtroom drama.
- Still there were some funny moments. Which reminded me of how humorous this novel is--an urgent message is delivered with instructions to destroy it after reading, and the destruction is mocked; Te Rau asking after a certain type of woman at the seance; the bluster of Mannering, the fey good goofy-nature of Staines, Lydia Wells' way of greeting a woman newly arrived to Dunedin.
- The problem of ending a book one spends a week with--and one only spends a week on a good book, at least in middle age--is that the next book, no matter what it is, won't be as good. Best to follow something like The Luminaries with a Warren Beatty biography. Or opium.
- There is a California beach house rule that says only pocket paperbacks from the 1970s can fill the bookshelves.
- Nothing tastes better than 4-hour-dead halibut.