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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
Fade from Grace - Jeff Amano, Gabriel Benson Desperate to save the woman he loves from a burning building, a young man discovers he has superpowers. After the incident, husband and wife both feel that their time together is such an unmerited gift that they owe it to help others, no matter what the risk.

Narrated retrospectively by Grace, this story is minimally textual and relies primarily on the deceptively simple artwork, which is characterized by planes of solid colors and silhouette-like forms.

While I would have liked a bit more what was here was very well done. And it was a relief to encounter some a normal, pleasant superhero with a healthy relationship and no weird psychological issues. Also there was a blessed absence of the distorted and objectified female bodies that frequently decorate comic books -- an absence that is in fact highlighted by the one panel in which the hero is staring at his wife's chest.

I highly recommend this to guys who are trying to convince their girlfriends to try graphic novels. It is inoffensive and really quite sweet (especially the author's dedicatory letter to his wife, Claire).