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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
Gilgamesh the King - Ludmila Zeman Half-god Gilgamesh only comprehends power. He does not care for the people he rules, or even understand what it means to be human. When he forces the populace to labor and starve building a monument to his glory, they pray for help and the Sun God responds by creating Enkidu, a half-animal man who lives in the forest and does not understand cruelty. He is as strong as Gilgamesh, but can mere force prevail against the ruthless tyrant?

Obviously, the element of suspense is absent for those familiar with the mythology, but this is still a good presentation of a timeless tale. Zeman tastefully elides the racy details without castrating the story; unusually, it actually makes more sense this way.