Others of my Kind by James Sallis may be a short novel it is loaded with great allusions, Stephen Dedalus, Hester Prynne, and many more as well as witty clever sentences and use of language. It is a joyous adventure about a woman who lived in a box under a guy’s bed, in a Mall, and somehow got an education good enough to be an editor of a newspaper. One needs to suspend disbelief. Lots of dysfunction too. The whole story hinges on the magic eight ball, you know the icosahedron.