Book Review: Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Title: Red Sparrow (Book 1) Author: Jason Matthews Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Russia Publisher: Scribner Goodreads Summary: In today’s Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress…

What’s on my TBR?

In lieu of my book review this week, I’m going to tell you a bit about the books I’ve downloaded onto my Kindle for prime reading activity. In case you’re wondering… I’ve read no books this past weeks. Lather on the shame (actually don’t – I’ve just been insanely busy). Below are all the books…

Book Review: The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia

Title: The Secret History of Moscow Author: Ekaterina Sedia Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fiction, Russia, Magical Realism, Mystery Publisher: Prime Books Published: December 3, 2007 Page Amount: 303 pages Goodreads Summary: Every city contains secret places. Moscow in the tumultuous 1990s is no different, its citizens seeking safety in a world below the streets — a dark, cavernous…

Book Review: The Yid by Paul Goldberg

Title: The Yid Author: Paul Goldberg Genre: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Russia, Jewish, Novel, Literature, Contemporary Publisher: Picador Published: February 2, 2016 Page Amount: 321 pages Blurb From Goodreads: Moscow, February 1953. A week before Stalin’s death, his final pogrom, “one that would forever rid the Motherland of the vermin,” is in full swing. Three government goons arrive in the…

Three Books of the Week

In case it hasn’t sunk in yet, I’ve been an absolute menace lately when it comes to getting my reading in. It’s probably the weather, or sudden abundance of friends – but as I pointed out last week – I have not been *ahem* up to my normal reading standards. I have been trying to…

Book Review: Midnight in Siberia by David Greene

Title: Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia Author: David Greene Genre: Travel, Nonfiction, Culture, Russia, Autobiography, Memoir, History, Travelogue, Journalism, Adventure, Politics Publisher: WW Norton & Company Published: October 20, 2014 Page Amount: 336 pages Blurb From Goodreads: Far away from the trendy cafes, designer boutiques, and political protests and crackdowns in Moscow,…

Book Review: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Title: Deathless Author: Catherynne Valente Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mythology, Fairy Tales, Russia, Romance, Adult, Retelling Publisher: Tor Books Published: March 29, 2011 Page Amount: 352 pages Blurb From Goodreads:Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed…

Obama and Syria: A Match Made in Heaven

The country falling and the president who “brought us back” from the worst recession since the Great Depression: it’s no surprise that we’re beginning to rear towards action. People will scream about isolation, and others will give their support to unequivocal military support to the rebels – but when it comes down to the line,…