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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
Maudie and Bear - Jan Ormerod, Freya Blackwood Is this a commentary on motherhood, on how mothers slave and sacrifice for their thankless, selfish vampire brats?

Is it a warning about the reality of toxic friendships where one "friend" does nothing but take and the other gives beyond exhaustion?

Is it a blackly humorous observation of the reality that the world favors the cute and disadvantages the ugly, fat, and ungainly?

Is it a parable of the working class and the false consciousness that keeps them subject to the demands of the uncaring elite?

In any case, the first panel of every story tells it all: Bear toiling over the housework while Maudie lounges about with a toy bear tied to a leash.