kingsroads: (just sort of huffy and taken aback)
Jonathan Strange ([personal profile] kingsroads) wrote in [community profile] maskormenace2017-04-08 09:35 pm

video;

[ There is a grown-ass man sulking in the cafe of a Nonah Barnes & Noble. Thankfully, some kind soul explained to Strange how to turn on the video function because he's still in his 1800s finest. Even in the background of the video, there's some poor student trying to study that just can't help but look at Mr. Period Drama here with a bit of confusion.

It's entirely possible that as soon as someone mentioned the word 'stipend' and the phrase 'no, I've never heard of Gilbert Norrell before' the first thought Strange had was go to the bookstore, buy out all the books before Norrell or anyone else could. Unfortunately, the selection sucks. Like, reeeeeeally sucks.
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I know that at least in my time America is still a bit uncivilized, but this is ridiculous. [ Well that certainly is someone hella British. ] There's plenty of books about magic, but rarely any of magic. And what books there are show tricks more fit for street magicians! Look at this one, [ said as he holds a Magic Tricks for Dummies type of book up to the camera. ] 'Pulling a penny from someone's ear.' It's right behind a whole chapter on card tricks, of all things.

Has someone bought up all the books of magic already? [ who has two thumbs and doesn't know how modern printing works, hint it is this guy. ] Or are they simply hiding them from casual readers? I'd be happy to provide my qualifications if needed. My name is Jonathan Strange, magician to the Duke of Wellington as well as the king of England—surely that is good enough to merit someone either in the store or over this device to actually tell me where the proper books are!
outofthepast: (Puzzled)

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[personal profile] outofthepast 2017-04-09 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
Well... I've got good news, and bad news, pal. Which order do you want it in?
outofthepast: (Neutral)

[personal profile] outofthepast 2017-04-09 04:24 am (UTC)(link)
The bad news is, there's no such thing as real magic. At least, not in the world I'm familiar with.

The good news is, I don't think that probably matters in a place that's a big, mixed-up world salad. But it would explain why you're having trouble finding that particular genre.

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WEEKS LATER excuse me

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foreshadower: (Seriously I like quill pens)

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[personal profile] foreshadower 2017-04-09 04:01 am (UTC)(link)
America never had a real strong taste for real magic, but they don't have any real magicians outside of imports anyway.

[ Says a guy in a honest-to-god actual ascot. Sipping Absinthe. Yeah he's definitely Out Of Time. ]

But some of us... have some knowledge of where to find some books. Or how to decipher the truth out of mortal's fantasies.
foreshadower: Tony Harris. (I am a dark and sinister man)

[personal profile] foreshadower 2017-04-09 06:26 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, you're right. Silly me.

[ He shrugged. ]

Most magic sorts I've known have had some sort of effective immortality. It always makes things more interesting. [ A wave of his hand. ]

They're always the most fascinating. Especially when they give you their book collections.

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[personal profile] gravedangers 2017-04-10 02:14 am (UTC)(link)
You'll need a sign-out sheet soon.

[Just a little amused, here. At this rate Shade's house will be more like the magical library at Durmstrang than a private one.]
foreshadower: Tony Harris. (A lot more interesting)

[personal profile] foreshadower 2017-04-10 03:01 am (UTC)(link)
I am a librarian, you know.

It wouldn't be out of place if I had my own little magic library.

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[personal profile] zee_zatara 2017-04-09 04:06 am (UTC)(link)
It is a bit harder to access here than where I'm from as well. If you do anything big, prepare to be tired.

[Books of Magic piques her interest. But not enough to risk actually saying anything just yet.]
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[personal profile] zee_zatara 2017-04-10 11:54 am (UTC)(link)
Magic itself- my spells are weak as kittens compared to what I'm used to. Though I haven't come across many books, either.

And I have been looking- I was hoping that getting a better grasp on how magic works here would help.
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[Sherlock's been trolling newcomers lately. Sorry, Mr. Period Drama.]

Ooh, look! Magic!

[Sherlock conjures up a ball of water floating in midair from a glass he had on the table at his elbow, clearly using his water manipulation abilities for such important purposes as these. He wiggles his fingers dramatically.]

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[personal profile] deadtective 2017-04-09 05:36 am (UTC)(link)
They're nowhere, because that's like one of the only areas this world is fucking lucky in.

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[personal profile] rathercommon 2017-04-09 01:27 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Kitty is, of course, an adult. Yes, this man rubs her the wrong way - just a bit - which, naturally he does, because he reminds her of people she doesn't like, but, well...What does that matter? Again. She's a grown-up. She's a good person, a decent person, the sort of person who'd never let petty prejudices color her interactions with someone who's new to this world, someone who needs help and comfort. Never. Ever.

Nope. She's going to set all that aside and be good and decent and helpful and not focus on the little, stupid things.

Yes.

Right. ]


Excuse me, but why exactly is it that your connection to Duke What's-His-Name and the King would entitle you to better service?

[ nailed it. ]
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[personal profile] notgneiss 2017-04-09 02:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Identifying itself to the world as a mage? That is not a good idea.

Do keep the device running. I would like to watch it being dragged off back to the Circle by the Templars.

[hello c:]

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[personal profile] inmyothertights 2017-04-09 06:13 pm (UTC)(link)
You're frequenting the wrong bookstores.

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Magician to a duke, was it? This world exposes me to new ideas everyday.

[A society with open wizards that then just...serve muggles? What new hell is this.]

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[ S'up, Mr. Olde-timey, have a pointy-eared witchboy staring down his nose at you! ]

Your titles don't matter here, and you certainly won't find what you're looking for in regular bookshops.

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