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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
The Key to Rondo - Emily Rodda It is difficult to describe this book without making it sound completely generic: two normal kids are transported by a magical object into a fairy-tale realm where they must must make their way through dangers to a final confrontation with an evil queen. There are supporting characters, good and bad, including talking animals. Yeah, this has all been done before. Originality is not a strong point here. But if you like this type of fantasy this is a reasonably well-done example: It is entertaining and moves along quickly. Leo and Mimi could stand a little more depth, but they are believable as kids and behave appropriately for their ages, not accomplishing any unrealistic deeds of cleverness or martial prowess. Rodda manages a good balance between danger and not being too scary for younger readers.