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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.

Currently reading

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
Odin's Eye - Marguerite Murray Odin's Eye turns out to be an old house on the New England shore, named after the protagonist's angry great-grandfather. This story has nothing whatsoever to do with Norse mythology. It is about a girl named Cicely, whose mother thinks she is too much of a bookworm and will never find a boyfriend, and sends her to spend the summer doing domestic work at her cousin Millicent's boarding house. Unexpectedly staying at the boarding house is Lummie, once Millicent's fiance but not seen for years, now a complete jerk. With him is Olive Plumtree, who went to high school with Cicely's mother but, again, has not been heard of since. What is this unpleasant pair up to, and why are they so interested in the activities of the Coast Guard? Cicely and her new friend Geoff are determined to find out. Their first step is to find the telescope through which Odin once spied on the coast, missing since the night of a never-solved murder...

Books Cicely reads:
Kristin Lavransdatter
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
[b:Three Men in a Boat|4921|Three Men in a Boat|Jerome K. Jerome|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31S4MQrpw9L._SL75_.jpg|4476508] (which by coincidence I am also reading!)

I like when characters talk about books and was disappointed when this aspect dropped out to make room for detecting, although that was fun, too. This book certainly has flaws, one of them being a noticeable unevenness of tone and pacing, but I still quite enjoyed it.