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MirrorMask (children's edition)
Neil Gaiman
The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories, Volume One: Where on Earth
Ursula K. Le Guin
Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
Maud Hart Lovelace
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde, Camille Cauti
Riders of the Purple Sage
Zane Grey
Vampires, Zombies, & Wanton Souls
Marge Simon
At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories - Kij Johnson Absolutely amazing. As with any short story collection, the stories in At the Mouth of the River of Bees vary in quality. But there's really not a clunker in the bunch. "The Man Who Bridged the Mist" might be the perfect short story, rivaling the visionary greatness that is Clive Barker's "In the Hills, the Cities". "Dia Chjerman's Tale" explores the brutality and subjugation inherent in imperialism. "The Horse Raiders" manages to combine haunting beauty with a tale of clanicide, extinction, and looming civilizational collapse. "Ponies" is Mean Girls on acid, and will more than likely disturb the hell out of you. Then there's my least favorite story - "Spar". Really? A story beginning with the line "In the tiny lifeboat, she and the alien fuck endlessly, relentlessly" won the 2010 Nebula Award? Not my cup o' tea friends. Interesting, but nauseating.

Weirdness, eroticism, horror, creative world-building, relational brokenness, critique of Empire, anthropomorphic animals, and a heavy dose of perfection. This collection's good, really good.