“The Onion Girl” by Charles de Lint

  I stumbled upon Charles de Lint in my quest to find fantasy that doesn’t suck, and first read his collection of short stories entitled Muse and Reverie.  After enjoying it, I decided to read another of his books.  No, not “decided.”  It was more like I was addicted to his first book and startedRead more

“Lenin’s Mistress: The Life of Inessa Armand” by Michael Pearson

Inessa Armand is a fascinating historical figure.  She is most famous for her role as Lenin’s mistress, but was quite remarkable in her own right.  She lived during the late 1800s-early 1900s, at a time when women had few rights and little social mobility.  However, instead of living with that role, Inessa had an openRead more

“Muse and Reverie” by Charles de Lint

This book is a collection of thirteen of Charles de Lint’s short stories.  The stories in this collection are set in the American city of Newford, which could just as easily be Pittsburgh, Boston, or even DC.  Newford is a rather ordinary city, but one where fantasy blends into reality.  There are elves, fairies, NativeRead more

“Pale Fire” by Vladimir Nabokov

This novel is written in a rather unique style.  It opens with an epic poem by the fictitious author John Shade about his daughter’s suicide.  The rest of the novel is then a commentary on the poem by the poet’s friend, Charles Kinbote.  True to his style, Nabokov uses the narcissistic Kinbote as an unreliableRead more