In “The Dead Wander in the Desert,” we see the final, painful days of the Soviet Union, juxtaposed with the final, painful days of the Aral Sea, as a once-bountiful land dries up and turns to a poisonous, salt-filled desert. The characters in the book fight to preserve the sea, but in vain: the central […]Read more "#TranslationThursday: “The Dead Wander in the Desert” by Rollan Seisenbayev"
In “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” we meet a new Russia: one that stands with one foot in the recent Soviet past, one foot in the more distant past of Pushkin and Lermontov, and, well, a third foot in the Millennial post-Soviet present. And maybe a fourth foot in the West. Like Chekhov (and Bulgakov), Maxim Osipov […]Read more "“Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Other Stories” by Maxim Osipov"
Convenience Store Woman I stumbled upon “Convenience Store Woman” while perusing audiobook deals. Since I’m always interested in finding new Asian authors to read/listen to, I snapped it up. And boy, am I glad I did so. “Convenience Store Woman” tells the story of Keiko Furukura, a woman who’s never managed to fit into society. […]Read more "“Convenience Store Woman” by Sayaka Murata #JapaneseLiterature #LiteraryFiction #Audiobook #LiteratureinTranslation"
The Budapest Artists’ Club “The Budapest Artists’ Club” takes place over two separate trips to Budapest, one on the brink of the new millennium, one almost twenty years later. In her first trip to Budapest, Laura loses her boyfriend but gains musical skills, and is caught up in a plot to switch out a viola […]Read more "“The Budapest Artists’ Club” by Claire Doyle #BookReview #LiteraryFiction #Hungary #Budapest"
The Night Circus I’d heard about “The Night Circus” for a while before I finally got around to reading it. And when I first started it, I wasn’t sure if I actually liked it or not. But by the end, not only had I warmed to it, I was enthralled by it. It’s a strange, […]Read more "“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern"
Happy Midsummer, everyone! Yes, it’s that time, when the days are the longest (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere) and the nights are the shortest. Also, incidentally, the time of my birthday. So in order to celebrate both these events, “The Dreaming Land I” is free this weekend on Kindle! Gosh, I’d forgotten what […]Read more "Celebrate the Solstice and Get “The Dreaming Land I” for Free!"
Wow! Halfway through June already! Time really does keep on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future. Hope that thought doesn’t make everyone too uncomfortable. To be honest, it makes me a little uncomfortable. But why think about that when you can think about the onrushing summer? So, since it’s summertime, now seems like a great time to […]Read more "ARCs of “Half a Dream” are Here! Plus Reading Recommendations and Giveaways"
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"
Mr. Love: A Romantic Comedy Sally Mason When Jane comes home to find her perfect boyfriend in bed with not one but two other women, it starts off a cascade of events that bounce from fantastic to catastrophic. Meanwhile, unemployed professor Gordon has finally achieved the literary success he’s been dreaming of. The only problem […]Read more "“Mr. Love” by Sally Mason"
The Summer Magic Fantasy Group Giveaway is just one of the many great giveaways going on this month. ‘Tis the weekend for free giveaways, so here are links to the various giveaways I’m participating in right now, with suggestions for other books you might also want to check out. Some of you might be asking […]Read more "More #FreeBook #Giveaways, with Recommendations"