I didn't post yesterday because I was absorbed in 'Shogun', which Steven Den Beste of MetaFilter fame recommended. It's very interesting, though I'm ready for Blackthorne to stop getting beaten up by the folks he must eventually work with.
I tried reading it before but didn't. Why? Maybe because I was 14.
Then it occurred to me - it's been more years since then (I just turned 29) than I was then, and I was even sentient then. Whoa.