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« Reply #990 on: January 26, 2023, 09:56:34 PM »

Just started A History of Russia by Riasanovsky although it's a little boring at times...

If you want/try to understand today's Russia through the lense of its history, but also prefer more "living" texts, I'd recommend you to read "The Russian Idea" by Nicolai Berdyaev. It's been a while since the book has been written, but anyway, it's great for deeper understanding of current(?) realities of internal and foreign affairs of Russia..
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« Reply #991 on: January 28, 2023, 06:48:17 PM »

I've really been taken by Christopher Buehlman's work. I'm not an avid reader, but when I find something I like, I kind of focus on that one author and work through their catalog. Since last year I've been delving into Buehlman's work which is an eclectic mix of historical fiction, horror, sometimes fantasy, and always an element of supernatural.

Between Two Fires was my first book and it takes place in France during the 14th-century plague. The tale of a disgraced knight who happens across a little girl and decides to protect and guide her through a harrowing journey. Demons from hell have found an absence in God and disruption among the angel's so they decide to wreak havoc on man. There are some very vivid and horrific scenes that unfold, especially when they arrive from the French countryside into the city of Paris.

I think my favorite book so far was his take on fantasy with The Blacktongue Thief. I'm not often one for fantasy novels, but this was so easy to read and a world well developed without the usual overwhelming and tedious world-building. The main character, a thief with some magical abilities, ends up on the wrong end of a battle with a warrior/knight and they team up on a quest. There is an excellent chapter in which they seek the assistance from a witch known as "Dead Legs" in her upside-down castle and the use of magic throughout the book is really fun.

All of the books have been entertaining so far and I really like the author's writing style. I just hope we get some sequels to these titles in the near future! I think there is a prequel already in the works for Blacktongue Thief.

Between Two Fires
Those Across The River
The Blacktongue Thief
The Necromancer's House

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« Reply #992 on: January 28, 2023, 07:19:01 PM »

Just read Audrey Szasz - Destroy Everything You Touch. - Short but really good!
"Tears Of A Komsomol Girl" is next, looking forward to it.
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« Reply #993 on: January 29, 2023, 12:10:54 AM »

Just read Audrey Szasz - Destroy Everything You Touch. - Short but really good!
"Tears Of A Komsomol Girl" is next, looking forward to it.

I really wanted to order Destroy Everything You Touch, but it is some steep shipping for such a small book!
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