Are they buboes? Should I be using the Medieval approach of protecting myself with sweet smelling nosegays?
Is it the sign of an infestation of book-flesh eating bugs? Will they eventually burst out from the spines in a spray of paper shreds? Like the chestburster from Alien, but with more glue, and less blood?
I am afraid.
If you don’t hear from me by the end of January, send in the search parties. Although I’d recommend they be wearing with HazMat suits, probably Type 1.
And bring tongs.