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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
Tattercoats: An Old English Tale - Flora Annie Steel Understated tale of a neglected princess whose only friend helps her to meet a prince.

Diane Goode's illustrations were nice but neither they nor Steel's text gave the titular character much personality. In the first several panels she is shown from behind, crying in corners, so she doesn't even have a face! Tattercoats is pretty passive and silent. Her insanely depressed father is a far more resonant figure, with his creepily overgrown hair and incessant mourning for his dead wife.