After Buddhism Stephen Batchelor My rather faint and dilettantish interest in Buddhism has in recent years grown more serious, inspired in part by being seriously ill and unable to practice yoga as I used to, forcing me to turn to meditation instead. So I guess the people who believe that yoga is a gateway practice […]Read more "“After Buddhism” by Stephen Batchelor"
Kavkazskii plennyi Vladimir Makanin I have to be upfront here and say that I’ve only read Kavkazskii plennyi, not the rest of the stories in this collection, so I can only judge that. But anyone interested in the development of contemporary Russian literature and its relationship with its illustrious past will definitely want to read […]Read more "“Captive of the Caucasus” by Vladimir Makanin and “Captive” by Aleksey Uchitel"
The Danger Dick Francis “The Danger” was the first Dick Francis book I read, so it seems fitting to finish off this year’s Goodreads reading challenge by reviewing it. In “The Danger,” Francis breaks his usual MO by making the jockey, not the hero, but the woman whom the hero has to save. The hero […]Read more "“The Danger” by Dick Francis"
Kushiel’s Dart Jacqueline Carey During my MA program at an august and prestigious institution, there were two authors I read that made a profound impact on me. Only one of them was assigned for course work. The other I stumbled upon by accident in the local branch of the NYC public library, where I would […]Read more "“Kushiel’s Dart” by Jacqueline Carey"
Desires of the Deep CB Archer After the impossibly crazy “Annals of Gentalia,” where could the intrepid CB Archer go next, some of us wondered. To school, obviously. “Desires of the Deep” leaves behind the gaming world of Gentalia, turning instead to an all-species college that has recently started admitting humans. Cliff Waters, human, has […]Read more "“Desires of the Deep” by CB Archer"
Kit Fielding Mysteries by Dick Francis Break In Since Goodreads reading goals wait for no man nor woman either, not even on Christmas, I must complete more reviews if I am to meet my target. Naturally for today I decided to review the books about Christmas “Kit” Fielding and his twin sister Holly, born […]Read more "“Break In” and “Bolt” by Dick Francis"
Longshot Dick Francis John Kendall takes a job everyone else has turned down. But it seemed better than freezing. Only it sucks him straight into a murder mystery. “Longshot” is one of my very favorite Francis books, and it was just as good on the last reread. Written in 1990, right when Francis was at […]Read more "“Longshot” by Dick Francis"