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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
Maybe This Time - Jennifer Crusie Like several of Crusie's recent collaborations, this wobbles away from the romance genre but doesn't quite make it all the way to thriller or action. However, it does flow more evenly and the relationships, while certainly not her best, are more convincing than those in Wild Ride, or The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, which failed to show any connection, affection or compatibility between her romantic pairs. Here the relationship-building we see is more between the heroine and the kids she is taking care of than with the hero, but since we know from the outset that they were once married we have this prior connection to make their feelings more plausible.

Only after finishing the book did I see Crusie's explanation that it was inspired by [b:The Turn of the Screw|12948|The Turn of the Screw|Henry James|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31rAkcucrQL._SL75_.jpg|990886] and her wondering how the story would have gone had the governess been more sensible. I think it helps to know this going in.