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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Jeanette Winterson
Death of a Red Heroine
Qiu Xiaolong
Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee
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
Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs
No Voice Unheard, Davida Gypsy Breier, Diane Leigh, Marilee Geyer
Twin Spica: Volume 12
Kou Yaginuma
Horse of a Different Color: Stories
Howard Waldrop

Twin Spica: Volume One

Twin Spica, Volume: 01 - Kou Yaginuma Kelly picked this up, not sure on whose recommendation. A handful of years from now a (very small) girl wants to join the Japanese space program. She has a lion-headed ghost, her mother is dead (of course, poor mothers: always too watchful to let their kids do dangerous things so they have to be removed from so many books!), her father is a distant tragic figure, and as you can imagine life is not very easy for her at school. I read the first three volumes one night and am going to get the rest (or at least what has been published so far) from the library. The action slowed down a bit in the third volume, I felt I could see the writer beginning to stretch out and relax, which is fine. But the first two volumes were tense and in places completely heartbreaking. There's an anime of it, too, which I might track down at some point. In the meantime I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.