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"
The Ashes of Aubrey Milner: The Chicago St. Clairs Ellison Blackburn “The Ashes of Aubrey Milner” is a detective story with a difference: the detective in question is a woman who has been brought from the future back into Victorian-era Chicago, and is now working as a police medical examiner, disguised as a man. When […]Read more "“The Ashes of Aubrey Milner” by Ellison Blackburn"
Forfeit Dick Francis I hadn’t read “Forfeit” in, oh, twenty years or something, until I recently picked it up and reread it. As always, rereading is as enlightening as reading. “Forfeit” is one of Francis’s slighter works in many ways, but it gets added depth by the interactions between Ty (the hero) and his wife […]Read more "“Forfeit” by Dick Francis"
Nocturne (The Fourth Talisman #1) Kat Ross A few months ago I got “The Midnight Sea,” the first book in this omni-series or mega-series or uber-series or whatever you want to call it, through a giveaway. It was definitely the stand-out of all the books I got through that particularly giveaway, and so I’ve been […]Read more "“Nocturne” by Kat Ross"
River of Shame: A Winston Radhauser Mystery: #4 Susan Clayton-Goldner “River of Shame” is the fourth book in the Winston Radhauser series, and it continues the themes of the first three: family life and human relations, thrown into high relief by violent crime. The story starts a few months after the end of book #3, […]Read more "“River of Shame” by Susan Clayton-Goldner"
Tardy Bells and Witches’ Spells: Womby’s School for Wayward Witches #1 Sarina Dorie Clarissa Lawrence is your typical nerdy teenager who loves magic in all its forms. But her mother has decided that it’s dangerous for her to believe in it and confiscates all her Harry Potter books, her Lord of the Rings books, and […]Read more "“Tardy Bells and Witches’ Spells” by Sarina Dorie"
The Swan Princess C.P. Lesley In “The Swan Princess,” we meet a new Nasan from the once introduced in “The Golden Lynx“: one who’s a little bit older and a lot sadder after the miscarriage of her first pregnancy. She still finds living under her mother-in-law’s rules to be intolerable, she still finds her sister-in-law […]Read more "“The Swan Princess” by C.P. Lesley"