“The Telling” by Ursula K. Le Guin

  “The Telling” reminds me a bit of Huxley’s “Brave New World” in the sense that the characters aren’t of much importance, but rather a lens through which to view the society that the novel portrays. Sutty, the main character, is an observer from Earth (called Terra in the book) who is sent to studyRead more

“Thomas the Rhymer” by Ellen Kushner

  Kushner’s novel is a reinterpretation of the ballad “Thomas the Rhymer,” which I described in an earlier post.  The original ballad tells the story of Thomas, a man who kisses the faerie queen and is then compelled to serve her in Elfland for seven years. Kushner’s version fleshes out the story to give individual charactersRead more

The Double: Dostoevsky Meets Jesse Eisenberg

According to this Huffington Post article, Jesse Eisenberg is being cast as Golyadkin in a new film adaptation of Dostoevsky’s “The Double.”  I’m quite excited about this, being the Russian lit nerd that I am. I think that Jesse Eisenberg (who played in Zombieland and The Social Network) will make an excellent Golyadkin, and can’tRead more

“A Clash of Kings” by George R. R. Martin

  “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.  There is no middle ground.” This is book two of Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series.  It picks up where “A Game of Thrones” leaves off. Just as a warning, there may be some spoilers from the first book. “ARead more

Way of Kings Readalong, Pt. I

Welcome to Part 1 of the Way of Kings groupread!  I’ve decided to feature a different piece of Stormlight Archive fan art in each of my posts for the readalong, because it’s neat to see how different readers imagine the events. This week’s questions were written by Deanna from Polishing Mud Balls.  My boyfriend willRead more

“The Lady With the Dog” by Anton Chekhov

  Today I’d like to talk about the short story “The Lady With the Dog” by Anton Chekhov, which can be found full text here.  While Chekhov is most famous for his plays, his short stories remain among the classics of Russian literature, and “the Lady With the Dog” has been the subject of numerousRead more

“The Courtesan’s Secret” by Claudia Dain

  Generally, I avoid romance novels like the plague.  I avoid romance novels even more than I would avoid the plague, as the plague doesn’t generally pop up in my day to day life.  However, every now and again I realize that I’m in a situation where I have to choose between a romance novelRead more