Sunday, 21 October 2012

New Booksies

Two new books since my last post, both from Netgalley:

Crewel by Gennifer Albin. I was interested by the blurb when I first read it and added it to my want list in goodreads. Then I saw that the UK edition (out a couple of months after the US one) was on Netgalley and here we are. Oh, and I just discovered that the title is not a misspelling of "cruel", as I first thought, but relates to a type of embroidery. So there you go.

I very much liked Ekaterina Sedia's The Secret Life of Moscow, so I'm looking forward to seeing what this collection has to offer. SLoM was a bit depressing but I loved that it included a bunch of Russian fairytales that I grew up with, without completely misrepresenting/misinterpreting them like many western authors do (it's a pet peeve).


  1. Crewel! I read that :D I also thought Crewel was a mis-spelling of Cruel until I read it. Hope you enjoy it more than I :-) Hmm, Moscow but Dreaming looks cool. I have no idea what it would be about/whether I'd enjoy it, but it certainly looks great!

    Shaheen @ Speculating on SpecFic
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  2. I don't know how you feel abut short stories in general. However, if you want something a bit sombre and different, I highly recommend Sedia's The Secret Life of Moscow. It was depressing, but I really liked it. I'm probably biased because of the other-half-of-the-fairytales-I-grew-up-with aspect. So far, I liked the first story of Moscow But Dreaming, so it seems similarly promising.

  3. Sedia does some great work. She was wonderful to work with in the Paper Cities anthology. :)

  4. I haven't read that one, I'll have to keep an eye out. I have a soft spot for all the work of hers I've come across. I'm keen to eventually get around to reading Heart of Iron which seems to be steampunk turn of last century Russia, from memory.