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The Art of the Dragon by Sean McMullen
Baby Dance by Ann Taylor and Marjorie van Heerden
The Case of the Climbing Cat by Cynthia Rylant
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones by Terrance Dicks
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Girl on a Bar Stool by Tim Roux
The Great American Marble Book by Fred Ferretti
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Kampung Boy by Lat
The Lighthouse, the Cat and the Sea by Leigh W. Rutledge
Love is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison
Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars by Ellen MacGreggor
Myths, Magic and Legends of Sand Art by Suzanne Lord
On Beyond Zebra by Dr. Seuss
Outside the Lavender Closet by Martha A. Taylor
Secrets Unveiled by Sheshena Pledger
Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye
Spaceman by Mike O'Driscoll
Testimony by Anita Shreve
A Token of a Better Age by Melinda M. Snodgrass
Tom and Pippo Read a Story by Helen Oxenbury
Thump Quack Moo by Doreen Cronin
Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
The Water Hole by Graeme Base
Wet Cats by Mario Garza
You Are Such a One by Nancy Springer


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Comments for You Are Such a One

FSFYou Are Such a One: 09/19/09

I'm grateful that she second story in the August / September issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction is short. I think it's only about ten pages (give or take). It was perfect for a hot end of summer day when I was busy cleaning house and suffering from a migraine.

So this week's story is "You Are Such a One" by Nancy Springer. Springer has fifty books under her belt. I need to look for them at the library when it re-opens. For the meantime I only know her writing through her FSF short stories.

Written in second person present tense, "You Are Such a One" puts the reader into the body of a middle-aged menopausal woman. She's on her way to the funeral of a distant relative. She's left her husband and children for this trip. On her way to the funeral she sees a house she knows inside and out; it's the home from her nightly dream.

Here Springer states her thesis: there is no difference between conscious life and dream life. If there is no difference, can one trade one for another? If you are middle aged nearly invisible woman in your job and your family life, maybe it's better to be the ghost your dreams allow you to be. So, where do you haunt in your dreams?

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