So, I’m going to be taking part in a free and discount book promo event on Saturday (links to come as soon as they’re live), and in support of that I’ve made all my own books free or 99c. The Midnight Land Part One, the first book in my epic feminist Slavic fantasy trilogy in […]Read more "Free and Discount Books All Weekend!"
Asne Seierstad was a freelance journalist in Moscow when the first Chechen war broke out. Acting under a poorly-understood compulsion to find out what was really going on there, she sweet-talked her way onto a military transport plane and ended up in Grozny. She spent several months during the first war, and again during the […]Read more "“The Angel of Grozny” by Åsne Seierstad"
The Chechen wars (1994-6 and 1999-2009, sort of) were brutal for everyone involved. But for Chechen women, they were particularly devastating. “Allah’s Angels” documents their participation and their suffering. Getting hard data about almost any aspect of the Chechen wars can be an exercise in frustration–even things that are supposedly monitored carefully by the government, […]Read more "“Allah’s Angels: Chechen Women in War” by Paul J. Murphy"
“The Bucket List” is like “Twilight,” except backwards. Misfit college student Leah Clarke falls wildly in love with Damon, a gorgeous, charming neighbor who overcomes his scruples and returns her affection, showering her with love, devotion, and a luxurious, jet-setting lifestyle. Only instead of being immortal, he has a terminal illness. This is a daring […]Read more "“The Bucket List” by Emily Ruben"
How to define Paramore? Are they pop? Rock? Something else entirely? To be honest, I had always thought of them as catchy rock light, and liked them (or didn’t) on a song-by-song basis. “After Laughter” is the first album of theirs that I’ve listened to as an entire album; with that caveat, I’ll boldly claim […]Read more "“After Laughter” by Paramore"
Soon, soon, “The Breathing Sea” will be released! Well, in a month or so. Meanwhile, here’s the cover for Part I, produced by Alan M. Clark.Read more "Cover Reveal for “The Breathing Sea Part I”!"
Impoverished laborer Ombima steals from his employer’s garden in order to put food on his family’s table. This action leads to his involvement in a forbidden affair, and a downward spiral into greed, jealousy, and backstabbing. That synopsis notwithstanding, “Forbidden Fruit” is less a tightly plotted tale of lust and revenge, and more a brief […]Read more "“Forbidden Fruit” by Stanley Gazemba"
A fascinating melange of WWII “aviation lit” (to coin a term) and hard sci-fi, with a side of metaphysics and fantasy, “Fata Morgana” is a unique book. It’s not exactly something I would normally read, but I found it extremely interesting nonetheless. Somewhat to my surprise, since I was expecting sci-fi, the book starts off […]Read more "“Fata Morgana” by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney"
While any Politkovskaya book is an emotionally intense experience, this one is particularly wrenching: it begins with articles she wrote during the final years of her life, including the articles that may have led to her murder, and ends with tributes–some heartfelt, some grudging–paid to her after her death by her friends, admirers, and enemies […]Read more "“Is Journalism Worth Dying For?” by Anna Politkovskaya"
“New York, Actually” is a charming tale of two people who believe they can’t fall in love–until a couple of dogs bring them together. So if you love dogs, romance, and New York City, this book has pretty much everything you need. Molly is a relationship advice expert who’s never not only never been in […]Read more "“New York, Actually” by Sarah Morgan"