This week I am going to reverse my usual approach and present the nonfiction book I am reading first.
Lake Effect: Two Sisters and a Town's Toxic Legacy by Waukegan, Illinois. This book isn't as much fun as the previous nonfiction books I have posted, but it tells an important story.
"In the aftermath of my mother's death when I was ten years old, my older sister became a kind of substitute Mom. To console me that first summer, we often went as a big sister/little sister dyad to the Lake Michigan shore.
The municipal beach in Waukegan was a small piece of land edged by factories and the town's water processing plant. If you were facing the lake when the sun rose, our town beach looked like a picture postcard; but at sunset the string of factories cast long shadows over the bandstand, the snack shop, and the playground. The factories did not deter us, however. Like so many townspeople, we simply turned our back on them and enjoyed the lake."
(I also have to point out that as much as the cover of Etiquette & Espionage disturbed me, this cover positively makes my back ache in sympathy! As bad as corsets are, they don't do that to your body - they keep you up in proper posture - you could not even bend like that in a corset!)
"Miss Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening. Private balls were never more than middling amusements for spinsters, and Miss Tarabotti was not the kind of spinster who could garner even that much pleasure from the event. To put the pudding in the puff: she had retreated to the library, her favorite sanctuary in any house, only to happen upon an unexpected vampire."
For The Friday 56 hosted at Freda's Voice here is something from page 56 of Lake Effect ...
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And to cheer us back up here is something from page 56 of Soulless ...
"Miss Tarabotti giggled. Nothing was funnier than watching a vampire try to emulate a werewolf. "
(this is tough! too much spoilerage there !) We need something else fun ... Right, so there is a manga of Soulless. This bit follows on the quote from the top (the beginning) ...