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Books 10-20

10) Tesseracts 4 Edited by Lorna Toolis andMichael Skeet. 1992. A collection of Canadian speculative/sci-fi/fantasy stories. Book is twenty years old but some of the stories hold up pretty well.

11) The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. 2012. A delightful story about fifteen year Jennifer Strange, an orphan who is running an employment agency for magicians in a world of fading magic. And then things get interesting when she becomes the last Dragonslayer. Will pass this on to the nephew.

12) Killer Teens Edited by Rose G. Mandelsberg. 1994. A collection of true crime stories involving American teens from True Detective Magazine. All the stories have the same format, crime discovered, investigated, and teen found to be guilty of the crime and convicted.

13) Goya: The Disasters of War. Xavier De Salas and Elie Faure. 1956. An old short book of the famous plates on the Napoleonic wars in Spain. Fairly graphic for it's time.

14) Women, Art, and Society by Whitney Chadwick. 1990. An overview of women in Western art history fro the middle ages till the late 20th century. A good book for anyone who wants to get a good overview of female artists in Europe and North America.

15) The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible. by Robin Lane Fox. 1992. If you are a bible studier, this book is a must for your collection. It gives an overview of both Testaments and their historical developments over the centuries.

16) This 'N That by Bette Davis with Michael Herskowitz. 1987. This autobiography by this Grande Dame of the Silver Screen covers her later years, her battle with breast cancer and a stroke after that. A lot of interesting stories and a sad family betrayal by Miss Davis' daughter who wrote a shocking tell all book.

17) Nonnonba by Shigeru Mizuki. Shigure Mizuki is well known by the manga fans for his stories of Japanese folk tales and monsters. This is an autobiographical manga about his family, especially his grandmother. The adventures of kids in the 30's with the neighbourhood fights, the ups and downs of his father's working career, and the reality of Japan in the 30's.

18) Exotic Zoology by Willy Lay. Illustrated with line drawings by Olga Ley. 1987 Edition. An interesting cryptozoology book from 1941. He covers animals that supposed to exist that never did, and rummoured animals who were always there. As a side note, a lot of the stories cover extinctions of animals by man's arrival and changes to the ecosytem all through recorded time.

19) Agatha H and the Airship City. By Phil and Kaja Fgolio. 2011. Girl Genius webcomic doen as a steampunk novel. A delightful read from cover to cover. The introduction of a series that I will be looking for in my local bookstore or public library.

20) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. 2003. Someone in my neighbourhood set up a Take One/Leave One Book Box. So I took this book. Ever wondered what happens to the bodies donated to science. Mary Roach did and she found out. A good informative read on the various safety, scientific, and medical research done using bodies donated by the average Joe. It also looks at the development of embalming, cremation and the growing ecological alternatives being developed in Sweden and America.


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