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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
Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 6 - Lillian Olsen One long and several short stories structured around the theme of loneliness.

In the series' first three-episode arc, Natsume encounters his most powerful yokai yet. Appearing again are Taki, the girl who can't see yokai herself but knows about them, and Mr Natori the actor/exorcist.

Two of the shorter stories also have returning characters -- the bullied orphan fox spirit (so sweet! I wish he would get a better deal) and Reiko herself.

For some reason the collection ends with a completely unrelated story about a high school girl who develops feelings for an unfriendly teacher. It is well done and fits the loneliness theme but is not fantasy, doesn't have any of the usual characters, etc. In short, I have no idea why it appears in this collection.