“Wives and Daughters” and Society

Up to the later parts of the book, reading Wives and Daughters, the last novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, was a pleasant and, after a way, edifying experience for me. Later, however, it made me sad and thinking about questions I didn't necessarily want to ponder on. And then Gaskell sent Roger Hamley to Africa. And … Continue reading “Wives and Daughters” and Society

Darkover Revisited: Thendara House

My review of The Shattered Chain, the first book in The Saga of the Renunciates, was actually more like a sporking in two parts. This time, my reflections of Thendara House are going to be closer to a review. However, still BEWARE HEAVY SPOILERS, please. Have you ever had an impression that some fantasy/sci-fi books … Continue reading Darkover Revisited: Thendara House

Darkover Revisited: The Shattered Chain, Part Two

Today, we'll delve into the second part of The Shattered Chain by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Twelve years have passed since the first time and now Magda Lorne, a Terran agent raised on Darkover, begins a journey in a disguise of a Renunciate, on Lady Rohana Ardais' orders: she thinks that Kyril, the Lady's son kidnapped … Continue reading Darkover Revisited: The Shattered Chain, Part Two

Darkover Revisited: The Shattered Chain, Part One: Orientalism

The world of Darkover created by Marion Zimmer Bradley is an universe I'd always return to. When I was a teen, books about Darkover were like a symbol to me. A symbol meaning that I knew English well enough to read novels written in it, and that I could buy books from the US at … Continue reading Darkover Revisited: The Shattered Chain, Part One: Orientalism

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton is Just a Nice YA Fantasy Series

"Heart of Thorns" is a recently published YA trilogy about Mia Rose, a girl from the kingdom of Glas Ddir, betrothed to a prince against her will, a girl who believes that witches, the Gwyrach, are utterly bad. As you may predict, this is only the beginning and everything Mia Rose thinks will be turned … Continue reading Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton is Just a Nice YA Fantasy Series

I Like Pratchett’s Discworld, but I Have Problems with It, too

Let me begin by a controversial statement: nowadays, problematic aspects of famous books are spotted not as often as you may think. Not everything is deemed racist and sexist. There are authors who are judged harshly, and deservedly, but there are also authors who are still liked on the progressive side despite of their books … Continue reading I Like Pratchett’s Discworld, but I Have Problems with It, too

Winter’s Orbit is a Delight

"Winter's Orbit" is a sweeping blend of space opera, novel of manners, and romance, written by Everina Maxwell. It tells the story of Kiem and Jainan. Kiem is a careless prince from the dynasty of the interplanetary Iskat Empire. Jainan is a count from Thea, one of the vassal planets. Being widowed by Taam, Kiem's … Continue reading Winter’s Orbit is a Delight

The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

How a book can be an uneasy delight? This happened to me as I was reading "The Witness for the Dead" by Katherine Addison. Her novel creates a strange and original world, so strange and original that while immersing into it, you have to recall, sooner or later, LeGuin's Earthsea and Robin Hobb's Realms of … Continue reading The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison