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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
Cooking the Books: A Corinna Chapman Mystery (Corinna Chapman Mysteries) - Kerry Greenwood Corinna and Daniel must follow a breadcrumb trail of nursery rhyme clues left by a crazy homeless former accountant who knows the location of some missing bearer bonds left by a bullied intern in a phone booth. The fact that none of the clues and been thrown or blown away after being tucked, sometimes days before, in public places was more unbelievable to me than the conceit that some one would actually leave them in the first place. One requires suspension of disbelief, the other suspension of the laws of nature (especially given the repeated storms throughout the book).

Kerry Greenwood is a touch under 60. The age of her protagonist is unstated but she seems to be vaguely "middle aged" given her described career trajectory. The tone of the series, however, is increasingly old-lady-ish. Oh, those kids with their incomprehensible text messaging abbreviations! And their clubbing and their inability to quote 18th-century poetry! I don't think most old people go around dropping classical allusions into their conversation, either. That's always been the province of a small educated elite.

And if you're going to be snobby please, PLEASE stop using the word "YUM" every other page. The descriptions already make the food sound delicious, you don't need to keep stating "Yum." Especially as an independent sentence.