These two handsome and distinctive paperbacks form part of a series showcasing the work of Russian Master Mikhail Bulgakov. Some of the stories in Notes on a Cuff appear in English for the first time, so this is a real treat for Bulgakovians. In addition, both books include valuable textual apparatus: photographs (Mikhail was quite the dandy), notes and a concluding section on the life and work of Bulgakov. Continue reading Diaboliad and Notes on a Cuff – Book Review
Title: The Sugar Merchant
Author: James Hutson-Wiley
Genre: Historical Fiction
The Sugar Merchant follows the adventures of scholar and merchant Thomas Woodward. A twist of fate and a tragic childhood loss leads to him being adopted by a group of monks from a nearby abbey. It is there he meets the people who will ultimately play a role in shaping his future.
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Title: Kim’s Memoir
Author: Young-Koo Kim
Genre: Memoir / Korean History
Kim’s Memoir is the passionately told story of a prominent Korean jurist, naval officer, professor, and scholar of international law who spent his life serving South Korea, in particular doing legal work to ensure the security of the country’s Northern Limit Line. Born into a Korea under Japanese occupation, the author is a firsthand witness to some of Korea’s greatest recent upheavals, including World War II, armistice agreements between South and North Korea, and landmark cases in the Korean justice system.
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Recently, I mentioned to an author that writing can sometimes seem a trivial and frivolous occupation. She replied that she never thought of it that way. It made me wonder if insecurity about writing is more of a male problem than a female one.
Rather like male film actors who indulge in ‘manly’ excesses to compensate for their lack of self-esteem, there are male writers who embrace a lifestyle based on alcohol or drugs or sex or danger and any combination thereof in order, it seems, to bolster something within themselves that whispers in the night that making up stories is unworthy of real men. Continue reading Raking the Dust – Book Review
Lost by Priscilla Audette
After suffering a blow to the head that robs her of herself, the aptly named Faith struggles against almost insurmountable odds to reclaim herself and her life as she knew it.
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The Edge of Memory by Maura Beth Brennan
When your childhood is cut short by murder and treachery, it’s not easy to live a normal life. At the tender age of nine, Harriet witnessed her father beat her mother to death, and she holds herself partially responsible. Still haunted by half-memories, guilt, and disturbing dreams, she has constructed a solitary and joyless existence, with little room for men or romance. Facing her thirtieth birthday, she knows she must do something to change her life.
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Title: A Prophecy Fulfilled
Author name: Andi O’Connor
This novel rounds out The Vaelinel Trilogy, where readers follow the fate of Irewen, Silevethiel, and their friends as they try to destroy the Corrupter. Set in a medieval world rich in magic, the story pays homage to fantasy classics like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings while creating a new, thoughtful world of its own.
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Title: Destiny of the Wulf, The Aduramis Chronicles #1
Author: Harrison Davies
Genre: High Fantasy
Orphaned as children by a marauding horde of orcs, Coinin and his brother Marrok have been raised by their mysterious uncle who trains them in the ways of swordsmanship, combat, and survival. They know little of their family history until they are thrust headlong into a treacherous journey to an island where a mysterious organization, the Brotherhood of the Wulf, welcomes them as long-expected chosen ones. Soon they take up arms to protect their new friends and are thrust into a clash between the god of death and the mortal protectors of life that will set them on the path to greatness.
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Title: You Saw Something You Shouldn’t Have
Author: Brandon Faircloth
You receive a text from an unknown sender early in the morning and it says: You saw something you shouldn’t have. Also the title of the book, this tale of a mysterious creature taunting a man as everything and everyone in his life suddenly vanishes is just one of seven short pieces in this collection of spooky stories. Ghosts, murders, magic, and monsters fill the pages of these horror stories that are just as thrilling as they are fun.
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