holy cow, so this is a sequel/prequel of sorts to crime and punishment?
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I just got the fourth and final book in this series today and am so excited about it. You should start with The Gentle Axe, the first in the series featuring Porfiry Petrovich, the detective/magistrate created by Dostoevsky in Crime and Punishment. These books bring nineteenth century St. Petersburg to life in all of its glory and decrepitude.
It's unrelated story-wise to C&P -- it just builds the character of Porfiry Petrovich through other cases that happen later in his career.
oh wow! never had heard of this series - could be a very special hidden jewel. Looking for a new book to start this weekend and will get the gentle axe (although, may need to re-read C&P since it's been a while). Thanks +webereading!
I hope you do pick it up, shaival! And you don't even need to have read C&P to enjoy it.
just got it this afternoon! had a fun couple of hours at the bookstore after brunch. planning to read starting next week. will send you my thoughts upon completion. thanks again +webereading!
Now in paperback, this is a moving novel about a Soviet-era ballerina, the decisions she is forced to make and the regrets she has later in life. I read this almost 500 page book in just over two days. Though there is a bit of tense-switching to get used to, this is a very good novel.
Huh, sounds cool. So it's designed to work at gyms that have compatible exercise equipment?
They are self-contained mini-gyms with their own computerized weight machines. But they individually manage the workout with set weights, reps and paces to maximize effectiveness.
This is China Mieville's only young adult novel, set in a fantastical world under London. A young girl might be the savior of this land of strange gadgets and even more peculiar rules. If you're a fan of Miyazaki films with their strong female protagonists and quirky worlds, you will like this book.
wow that burger looks phenomenal. think it could survive a ups delivery to new york? ;)
@webereading thanks for the share! i recently found haiwaiian loco moco gravy and love it. wonder if teddy's has a loco moco burger?
This novella is actually a collection of fictional letters written by Dennys and submitted to a magazine during WWII. She takes on the persona of Henrietta, a British woman writing to a childhood friend fighting in France. Filled with all the details of country life and deprivation in Devon, this is a humorous and sweet look at life on the home front -- a view you don't normally get in war novels
Sounds interesting. I tend to like things like this that give you a view of day in day out life in some other time or place. I find I get a much better feel for history at an intuitive level this way than reading about dates and lists of important events.
I was surprised that this doesn't really mention any of the war happenings. It's solely about the contrast between life before and during the war.
New in paperback, Jasper Fforde's newest series takes place in a world where color is everything -- social status, career, even life itself. Can two young people buck the system and expose the corruption before it is too late? If you enjoy dystopias, low fantasy, steampunk or science fiction, this is a fun novel. It takes a little while to build the world but then you will be hooked!