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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
Clementine - Cherie Priest In an alternate America where the Civil War stretches on, a former Confederate spy turned Pinkerton agent and an escaped slave turned dirigible captain may be pursuing the man -- or are they both being tricked?

This book could have been a lot better with an extra few dozen pages. The characters and setting were interesting (although I was disappointed not to meet again with Briar and Ezekiel from the first volume), but the villains and their Evil Plot were introduced so late and briefly that it was quite anticlimactic, despite some decent gun fights and air battles.

One of the best-done aspects of the world-building was the unusual wealth of sensory details. In too many steampunk novels the technology seems too magical, too clean and easy. Here you get a good sense of the difficulty of wrestling with heavy, unwieldy contraptions while wearing bulky, ill-fitting protective gear, while gunpowder stings your eyes and nose and smoke obscures your vision.