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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
Blood and Other Cravings: Original Stories of Vampires and Vampirism by Today's Greatest Writers of Dark Fiction - Ellen Datlow, Margo Lanagan Aside from two or three good stories, this collection was quite boring. A pity, because often the writing was fine and the ideas original (insofar as the vampire-sucking-things-other-than-blood ever is... That "twist" has been around for decades and I don't understand why authors seem to keep thinking they're doing something "novel"), but most of them were just not good reads. Most were low on dialog, action, character development and everything else that makes fiction fun. It really felt like most of the entries were not really "short stories" at all but rather condensations or abstracts of longer works, with longer spans of time or more complicated ideas crushed into dense, slow descriptive passages.

The stand-out was Margo Lanagan's horrific "Mulberry Boys," which has no vampires but is essentially a critique of capitalism and consumerism, Elizabeth Bear's "Needles" monster road-trip.