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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Jeanette Winterson
Death of a Red Heroine
Qiu Xiaolong
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James Tate
Fire Logic: An Elemental Logic Novel
Laurie J. Marks
The Ghost Soldiers
James Tate
Emma Tupper's Diary
Peter Dickinson
Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding
Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
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No Voice Unheard, Davida Gypsy Breier, Diane Leigh, Marilee Geyer
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Swastika Night

Swastika Night - Katharine Burdekin I wish I'd come across this when I read Animal Farm, 1984, or Yevgeny Zamyatin's We, or, I don't know, any dystopia along those lines, as I'd have really enjoyed it. That said, it is a great book. I think it should be on the reading list of any class that's reading the books above. Although it's a hard read, partly for the clunky parts, partly for the casual violence of the Nazis. The book is set 700 years from now where Hitler has been rewritten as a tall, golden-haired god, women are treated as nothing more than breeding animals (shades of Suzy McKee Charnas's Walk to the End of the World), and Germany rules half the world, Japan the other half. An Englishman is rewarded for his hardwork with a trip to the Fatherland and is given a secret history that may break the German hold over the English.