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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
Firebird - Mercedes Lackey Mostly descriptive, as is often Lackey's tendancy. Very little action for the length. The Firebird appears for the first time around page 75 and is barely glimpsed, then does not reappear or speak till more than 200 pages in. I found Ilya uninteresting as a protagonist and have no idea what the bird saw in him. Weak, but mostly inoffensive, although there were a couple painfully stupid moments.

Read Brokedown Palace if you're interested in the violent-brothers aspect, Rusalka if you want vaguely historical fantasy with Russian mythos, or Magic's Pawn if you want something better but with similarities by the same author.