In this collection of tales, in turns lyrical and brutal, Oleg Ermakov, probably Russia’s foremost writer on the Soviet war in Afghanistan, depicts the war from multiple points of view: a boy on a date a couple of days before he heads off to basic training, a raw recruit forced to commit an act he […]Read more "“Afghan Tales” by Oleg Yermakov"
I read many of Kelly Baker’s essays about her transition away from academia on Vitae when they first came out, so of course I had to read them all when they were published as a collection. In “Grace Period,” Baker chronicles her–frequently bitter, angry, and desperate–transition out of academia to the alt-ac world. It’s hard […]Read more "“Grace Period” by Kelly J. Baker"
***Okay, I need to start out with a disclaimer! As a representative of higher education, my official position is that I do NOT approve of any of the action in this book! End of disclaimer*** Ian Walker is a black gay science and math nerd who has two problems sullying his undergraduate idyll: He and […]Read more "“Slime Pop! Saga” by CB Archer"
Iceland is one of those romantic destinations that you hear a lot about, but how often do you actually get to experience Icelandic culture? For all its popularity as a tourist spot, there’s very little Icelandic literature available to the average reader; so little, in fact, that I went into this collection, my first foray […]Read more "“Out of the Blue: New Short Fiction from Iceland”"
Meeting with My Brother (Weatherhead Books on Asia) Korea is divided and families are torn apart. What would it really be like to finally find the family you’ve never met? Would there be any common ground, or are the divisions between the two countries two great even for blood to overcome? Such are the questions […]Read more "“Meeting with My Brother” by Yi Mun-Yol"
Elite Fighter II – Quickie: Qui-Mu’s Tale (Tales of Gentalia Book 8) Oh goodness! It’s hard to pick a favorite amongst the zany Tales of Gentalia, but “Elite Fighter II” is awfully good. It relies in part on in-jokes and cameos from the other Tales and the Annals, so if you haven’t read those, you […]Read more "“Elite Fighter II–Quickie: Qui-Mu’s Tale” by CB Archer"
Lilyth – Book 2 (The Shadow Spirits Paradox) In “Lilyth–Book 2” the story begun in Book 1 is continued. Lilyth has realized that she loves Tristan and has set off to save him, even though that would mean endangering herself, something that others want to prevent, since she seems to be the child of prophecy who […]Read more "“Lilyth–Book 2” by Tiyana Angel"