Done - 2031
Running total 10,156. I only managed it because bloody snow white managed to get past the 10k mark earlier today, and that spurred me on! There's nothing like fierce rivalry to motivate oneself ;)
Tonight's snippet - The Oriental hotel, one of the non-human stars of the book:
If the set designer of a 1970s sitcom had been let loose on a five star hotel with a fairly generous budget, the final result might have looked a bit something like The Oriental. No hotel could have embodied "faded glory" more. Three decades ago it must have clashed even more violently against the tiny village building of Abu Wadi. Now, encroaching shabbiness made its pretentious exterior jar slightly less.
Nothing could have prepared Phoebe for the brown and orange psychadelic interiors of The Oriental, or the vast, yellowing, retro-futuristic chandelier that hung in hideously oversized fashion from its ceiling. Its dusty crystals cast only a sickly light over the darkly-furnished lobby, leaving it as dim as a gentleman's club.