Page 302. " Have you ever been to Las Vegas?' "

Las Vegas is home to many of the world's largest hotels and casinos.


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Page 307. " Whaddayou want? Soma? I can get you a bottle of Soma. "

Soma is mentioned in the rigveda, the ritual drinking of it was practiced by the early Indo-Iranians and later by the Vedic and greater Persian peoples.

Hindu art often depicts Soma as a god associated with the moon, the full moon being the time to harvest the Soma plant to drink.

Page 311. " I can't stop you from hunting eagle stones or thunderbirds. "

Traditional European magical-medicinal accounts refer to Eagle Stones, also called Aeites, it was believed the stone could promote childbirth.

Thunderbird on Totem Pole
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThunderbird on Totem Pole - Credit: Dr Haggis
In Native American cultures, Thunderbirds legendary creatures, considered powerful and strong. The beating of their wings was said to cause thunder and some believed they could shoot lightning from their eyes.

Page 319. " the Harlequin Romances. Jenny Kerton, Danielle Steele "

Harlequin started life as a character in the Italian commedia dell-arte, and his popularity inspired the later Harlequinade, where the story focuses around Harlequin and his love interest Columbine.

Danielle Steele is an American novelist, famous for her romance novels.

Jenny Kerton is a character that appears in Wall: A Prologue, a short story found in some versions of Neil Gaiman's 'Stardust,' novel, she is a writer.

Page 319. " The man was reading Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd "

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is a novel by British author Agatha Christie.  She is best remembered for her detective novels, though she also wrote several romances.