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.

Friday, August 12, 2016

A great new interview with the Russian LitRPG author Alexey Osadchuk

Alexey Osadchuk is a young but already bestselling Russian author of the Mirror World fame. The second book of the series, The Citadel, has just been released on Amazon and sold over 3,000 copies in the first 48 hours, hitting #1 in Dark Fantasy, Cyberpunk, New Adult and Game Adaptations.

Well, last night Alexey was speaking to Ramon Mejia from Geek Bytes Podcast. Simon Vale from Magic Dome Books kindly agreed to translate their conversation for the site. Watch the interview to see what Alexey has to say about his new book, his work as a writer... and his readers!

Ramon Mejia from Geek Bytes Podcast

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Walter the Russian Cat - too cute for words

I know, I know this blog is about fun and interesting Russian books... but what's a blog without an occasional cat video? Especially if the said cat is Russian - never mind he can't read!

Walter and his owner Julia live in the Russian city of Orel (which incidentally is a large literary center that has given Russia some of its finest and most prominent writers). She spends some quality time taking pics and videos of him and posting them on Twitter at @CatWalterWhite. Walter happily enjoys his fifteen minutes of fame - actually it's much longer if you add up all the footage she's taken of him.

"Better posting cat videos than reporting stories of political scheming," says Orel blogger boroda_krauhina. "Normal people just want to live and laugh, enjoying simple things in life. Which is why our little white cat is so popular. Cats are the purest form of happiness: they're sweet, soft and cuddly."

Meet Walter the Russian Cat!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Way of the Shaman Book 3 by V. Mahanenko is published!

Attention all LitRPG lovers! The Secret of the Dark Forest, Book 3 of the bestselling LitRPG series The Way of the Shaman by the Russian author Vasily Mahanenko is finally available on Amazon!

We're proud of Vasily and his wonderful translator Natalia Nikitin. They assure you that there won't be any delays in publishing the remaining four books of the series. They will also be available in audio. The paper version of the book will come out shortly.

Enjoy the new installment, everyone! Below are all of Vasily's titles currently available on Amazon, including Survival Quest in German:

Thursday, April 14, 2016

An interview with the bestselling LitRPG author Gary Cooper!

Hi all,

I'm very pleased to present the interview I took a few days ago from one of the best LitRPG authors Gary Cooper. Gary isn't Russian of course, but seeing as this blog begins to take a distinctive LitRPG leaning, we can't ignore the international exchange of ideas and inspiration between the leading authors in this genre.

Gary did this interview for Magic Dome Books, a publishing house specializing in Russian genre fiction in translation, who now sport the interview in their brand-new blog. Read what Gary has to say about his upcoming Omegaverse books, his opinion of computer games and his plans for the future!

 MDB: Why gaming? What prompted you to dream up a virtual world?

GC: It's been one of my jobs for the past twenty years. I started work at one of the pioneers in online gaming, Kesmai Studios, in 1995 because I was so involved in the "virtual" worlds of the era and knew deep down that it was the beginning of something big. My career almost since college has been in developing online gaming. Sometime around the year 2000 I began designing my "dream" game - that game is very much like the game described in the first three volumes of the Omegaverse series. (Click to keep reading)

Gary has also shared the cover for his latest Omegaverse book on the LitRPG Facebook page.

More interviews will be coming soon, notably with the bestselling Russian LitRPG authors Vasily Mahanenko and Alexey Osadchuk. If you have a particular LitRPG author in mind you'd like to see interviewed, drop me a line.