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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.

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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
Godchild, Vol. 1 (v. 1) - Kaori Yuki This series of atmospheric Gothic mysteries suffers from two main flaws.

The first, the weakness of the Victorian setting, was more annoying to me as it could easily have been improved by even minimal research. I mean really minimal, like using wikipedia to check whether an event had happened before or after the year the action takes place. The characters' speech and behavior was totally inauthentic -- a bunch of kids playing dress-up in frilly gowns while exclaiming "Cool!" and "Totally!" to one another.

The second problem was psychological shallowness. This wouldn't be as big a deal except that the story consists of a series of mysteries (can you still call them that when they are completely obvious to the "detective" as well as the reader?) which are motivated entirely by psychological issues that make no sense. Maybe this is supposed to be Gothic? Everyone is just CRAZY! and that's why they do CRAZY shit liking running around London* in a bunny mask decapitating girls.

*Except that after being told there is a serial killer with this modus operandi, we see a girl murdered at a party and find out she is only the second victim. Pretty prescient of the police to catch on at victim one, eh?