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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
finn maccool and the small men of deeds - pat [illustrated by stephen lavis] o'shea There are several versions of myths about seven brothers, each with a different talent. In this version the brothers' abilities are even more exaggerated than usual, and they use them to help a rather malingering Finn mac Cool save the baby of the King of the Giants, whose other sons have all been kidnapped at birth.

The story is charmingly told, humorous and sympathetic without being cutesy or affected. Finn has a headache and wants to be left alone, but when he hears of the giant king's sadness he wants to help him. Finn is motivated not by desire for fame or reward, but by paternal sympathy. With sobs the giant tells him of the stolen babies, and Finn
thought of his own son Oisin reared to manhood and he thought of his grandson Oscar and how sweet he was. He remembered that he had said that he would love Oscar tomorrow but not today; and he knew he was lucky to be able to say such a thing. Pity for the king filled his heart.

Extra points for great phrases like as sure as a dead goat can't skip.