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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
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Vampires, Zombies, & Wanton Souls
Marge Simon
The Permanent Revolution & Results and Prospects - Leon Trotsky The Permanent Revolution & Results and Prospects is an interesting read, but far from the jumping off point for a study of leftism. Results and Prospects includes Trotsky's thoughts on the need for revolution that overthrows the monarchy and feudal system to push on until a dictatorship of the proletariat/working class and an international socialist system are fully realized. Otherwise, the revolution is incomplete and can become a reactionary counter-revolution. The Permanent Revolution consists of a series of disagreements between Trotsky and Stalinists, with both parties playing the "I'm/we're closer to Lenin's ideas than you are" card. The book closes with Trotsky's summary of what he means by permanent revolution. As someone new to the topic, I wish I'd read these basic postulates first! Starting with the final chapter would have made the rest of the read less of a slog.

I suggest reading some foundational works by Marx and Lenin, and maybe even a history of the Russian revolutions, before tackling The Permanent Revolution & Results and Prospects. The two works assume a basic level of knowledge about socialism, revolutionary philosophy, and figures like Radek and Kautsky. Not for beginners! But interesting nonetheless.