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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
The Lost Girl - Sangu Mandanna Mandanna does a good job portraying her characters' feelings and relationships, especially Eva's fear and resentment at her untenable situation. The unsympathetic characters also have dimensions beyond merely being mean to the protagonist. She even has a romance that develops gradually out of two individuals (gasp!) knowing one another over time! And her writing is fine. I wish she had written a different book.

If, like me, you pick this up out of topical interest, you are going to be disappointed. The world-building, pretty much all of it, from the legal issues to the motivations of people who would pay for the (presumably hugely expensive) copies of their children to how those copies are raised, trained, and utilized -- Makes. No. Sense.

I was fine when we stayed in Eva's head, hearing her struggle to be herself as well as Amarra, but any time she or one of the other characters started explaining anything about the echoes I went "Gah! That makes no sense! Why would anyone think/do/want that?!" I mean this is terms of both practical issues like, "Why would you raise someone in near-isolation in a tiny town in England if they were meant to replicate a popular schoolgirl from Bangalore?" and psychological questions like "What the hell kind of parent would want to pretend a copy was their dead child?!"

The things that were interesting about the people-copying premise have been treated better in several earlier books. If you don't require teen romance, I recommend Lois Bujold's two-part [b:Brothers in Arms|296182|Brothers in Arms (Vorkosigan Saga, #7)|Lois McMaster Bujold|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1353351698s/296182.jpg|1808918] and [b:Mirror Dance|61909|Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan Saga, #9)|Lois McMaster Bujold|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1297831387s/61909.jpg|287351].