Armageddon’s Children Terry Brooks So I have to start off by saying that the post-apocalyptic genre is not my favorite, which has led me to think a lot recently about its current popularity. Why are authors producing so much of, and readers consuming so much of, this rather grim and inherently limited, in that it […]
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Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov B.B. Kudryavtsev Without MV Lomonosov, there would probably no Russian literature as we currently know it. And in general, the intellectual landscape of Russian culture would probably be quite different. A fascinating figure, Lomonosov worked tirelessly throughout his life to usher in new ideas in subjects as varied as poetry and phlogiston. […]
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I promise I will post some reviews soon, I really will, but work reading and home repairs and general illness (as it turns out, the only thing that will make you feel worse than untreated Lyme disease is starting to treat it with high-dose synthetic antibiotics, and I have to spend even more time in […]
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Goodness! Is Maslenitsa week already almost over? I guess that means that spring is almost here! Of course, in parts of the world early “spring” looks, or at least looked, a lot like this: While down here where I’m currently living, I’m pleased to say that the daffodils burst into bloom yesterday, and this time […]
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Russia’s Lomonosov: Chemist, Courtier, Physicist, Poet Boris N. Menshutkin Russian literature didn’t come into its own until partway through the 19th century. But already in the 18th century it was laying the ground for its later flourishing through the actions of people of genius, whose writing was groundbreaking for its time and whose lives were […]
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Keytar Heroine: Trip Hazard’s Tale CB Archer For those of us who have been deep in the Gentaliaverse for a while now, the lads of Caution Step are one of the more intriguing and mysterious side characters. They keep coming (up), but we don’t really get to know them as anything other than rock gods […]
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For the Love of Katie Erica Lucke Dean Everything *should* be going swimmingly for Katie James, soon to become Katie Maxwell, but somehow she still manages to get into situations a saner woman would hopefully avoid. Luckily she has people who love her… “For the Love of Katie” is a charming, lighthearted, and often hilarious […]
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Asan Vladimir Makanin “Asan wants money. Asan wants blood.” Within the emerging genre of “Chechen,” as in referring to the recent Chechen wars, prose, Vladimir Makanin’s “Asan” has engendered controversy. To a field zealously guarded by its veterans, the non-veteran Makanin has contributed two works: the novella “Caucasian Captive” (Кавказский пленный) and now the novel […]
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February! Get ink and cry. So said Pasternak, but February doesn’t have to be a miserable month. There’s another great giveaway going, the Fabulous February Fantasy Giveaway, with over 150 free books, stories, and previews, including of The Breathing Sea. You can find it here. Just a reminder of what my fabulous cover for TBSI […]
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