Happy 2019, everyone! How is it 2019 already? My 2019 is starting off well-ish, in part because I’m on medical leave. That’s not normally a positive, and I’d much rather *not* have to be on medical leave, but since I do, I might as well look on the bright side. And one of the bright […]Read more "Yin, Yang, and New Year’s Resolutions That Won’t be Kept (plus more free books!)"
With the coming New Year, as we say in Russian! I hope 2019 brings whatever it needs to bring for all of us. I’ve been doing a reasonable amount of reading over the past few weeks, so I thought I’d share some recommendations of books and authors that are not super well-known, and therefore may […]Read more "Reading Recommendations, Giveaways, and…Sssshhhh, It’s a Secret!"
Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! Friday marked the onset of winter and the turning of the year. And although this is the darkest, deadest time of year, it is also the beginning of the new year. Not entirely coincidentally, I have recently become obsessed with a genre that I’ll call “Viking Rock,” for want of a […]Read more "Winter is Here! Viking Rock, Free Books, and Other Fun Things"
Lads, lads, lads! By which I mean mainly ladies. It’s here! It’s finally here! The official launch of The Dreaming Land III: The Sacrifice is upon us, and in celebration of that, it’s free on Kindle December 15-19. Grab a free copy of TDLIII for Kindle here. And as always, a huge thanks to reviewers past, present, […]Read more "Giving More Than You Take: Fantasy and Philosophy (And Free New Books!)"
The Monastery Zakhar Prilepin “Humanity is dark and terrifying, but the world is human and warm.” So ends Zakhar Prilepin’s massive historical novel “The Monastery” (Обитель), about the Solovki monastery-turned-prison-camp, the seed of the GULAG system. Following the fortunes of Artyom Goryainov, a prisoner in the camp, the novel charts all the aspects of prison […]Read more "“The Monastery” (Обитель) by Zakhar Prilepin"
I won’t lie: I’ve spent the past couple of days casting about for things to write about this week. It’s the end of the semester for me, which means much madness and burn-out. And while the fact that I’ll be on medical leave next semester (Lyme disease plus probably other things, for those of you […]Read more "Delightful Deer: Celebrating Gentle Creatures in Fantasy (also sneak peeks and free books)"
Happy December! Yes, it’s the last month of 2018 already! How did that even happen? Somehow it seems like this has been such a long year…and at the same time, such a short one. Have I really accomplished anything in the past year? Have any of us? What are we doing with our lives?!?!! (howl […]Read more "Checking up on Chekhov, Part II: Other People’s Suffering (Plus free books to cheer you up afterwards!)"