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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

Currently reading

Winter's Tales
Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
You Can Sketch: A Step-by-Step Guide for Absolute Beginners
Jackie Simmonds
Lonely Werewolf Girl
Martin Millar
The Twelve Dancing Princesses - John Cech, Lucy Corvino A very gentle and pleasant version of the fairy tale, with all all elements of threat, suspense, and danger removed. There is no punishment for failing to discover the princesses' secret; they aren't suffering in any way or even enchanted. The king just wants to know what's going on with his daughters, and they won't tell him because... uh... Okay, this story is pretty implausible in its original form, but the watered-down form is even more so.

Even the illustrations are subdued and, well, nice. If you're someone who often feels that fairy tales are too stimulating for your precious tot, this is the version for you.