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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
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie I must admit to making not-so-favorable assumptions as a young person about Agatha Christie. She was such a prolific writer that her stories had to be fluff, right? Well, not exactly. I committed this year to read three Hercule Poirot and three Jane Marple mysteries. I haven't been disappointed so far.

Christie toyed with me a bit throughout Murder on the Orient Express. I thought I had discovered the killer(s) about 10 times, only to have another person become suspicious to me. SPOILER ALERT - how gifted a travel agent does it take to help an entire household plan to be on a train with the fugitive kidnapper and murderer of a young family member? And how gruesome is the idea that all 12 (I believe) household members would take a turn at stabbing the guilty bloke in his sleeping cabin? Christie's a plotting master, and she paints a beautiful picture of the now-vanished world of luxurious Orient Expresses. I strongly recommend the read.

After reading Murder on the Orient Express, I want to see the BBC version of the Poirot mysteries - television versions of Merchant-Ivory flicks, I hear.