The Best Russian Books in English

Forget War and Peace: this blog offers reviews of fun and interesting Russian books in English, links to their Amazon pages, interviews with new and upcoming Russian authors, with the emphasis on Russian genre fiction: LitRPG, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, mystery and other popular reads.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Desperately seeking David Aramor (pen name) a.k.a. David J. Williams (real name)!!!

David Aramor (real name David Jonathan Williams), the author of novella Free Fall that went through the Critters workshop in 2001 - where are you??

Free Fall, David's highly talented and atmospheric piece, has just come out in Russia (translated by yours truly) as part of Weatherboard Spaceship: The Anthology of Today's English-Language Science Fiction, published by Milky Way Publishers. But one of the authors is missing! Dave Aramor's email addresses bounce and he's nowhere to be found.

Please he-e-e-e-elp!!! :-)

And here's the anthology itself:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Absolutely cool Ancient Slavic calendar

The number 7520 below the clock is the current year "from Creation" (I write about it in my book, The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Russia)

The old Slavic time system had 16 hours in a day (as opposed to our 24 hours), starting at sunset. In this cool clock the beginning of a new day is set at 6 p.m. Moscow time. Every hour was divided further into 144 parts. One part contained 1296 beats.

The year had three seasons: springtime, winter and autumn (what's summer in Russia, anyway? Blink and you'll miss it!) and nine months with totally unpronounceable but weirdly Celtic names.

Courtesy of and

Zombies come to Russia! Or shamelessly blowing my own trumpet

Call Me Human: A Zombie Apocalypse Novelis a new Kindle addition from a wonderful Russian author Sergei Marysh in my (hopefully, not so bad, either :)) translation into English. Call Me Human: A Zombie Apocalypse Novelis a strangely believable book written for a more emphatic audience who look for an emotional experience rather than a straightforward scare. The story of a brave but unfortunate Igor Bernik who grows more human as he turns into a zombie is weirdly realistic, and the author's explanation of zombies' nature is very novel, if you'll excuse the pun.

I read it, translated it, and I loved it (otherwise I wouldn't have translated it). Hope you'll enjoy it, too. Congrats to Sergei on his Kindle debut!