23 July 2015

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


Every horror-lover has heard of this book. A classic of the genre, praised by the likes of Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. Chilling, disturbing, blood-curdling. Alright, I seriously think something is wrong with me. Because this book was neither chilling nor terrifying. And it was a real nightmare for someone suffering ...

23 July 2015

Game of Thrones and Writing Advice


  Because it's late at night and I am feeling sleepy, instead of giving new advice on writing, I will copy-paste an old post from my blog. I still firmly believe in what I wrote back in March, and as we say, "Repeatition is the mother of learning" (a very bad ...

01 September 2015

POV Switches


One of the most frequent mistakes newbie writers make is switching the POV (POV = point of view). They tend to start the scene from the point of view of one character, then suddenly switch to another character, then switch back, and forth, and so on and on. Example: Gary snatched his ...

07 September 2015

Game of Thrones (again)


I did it!  I finished The Song of Ice and Fire. All 5 books. Nearly 5000 pages. I’ve never read a series so long. A few years ago I purchased Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time (11 paperbacks, thick and heavy), and up to this day I’ve read only the first ...

07 September 2015

The Invasion of the Free Books


As you know I am accepting books for reviews. But because most of the time I receive romance which I don’t read, I have developed a habit of downloading free books from Amazon and reviewing them. And you know what? At the moment I have nearly 100 free books in my ...

16 November 2015

The Bank of the River by Michael Richan


Title: The Bank of the River Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bank-River-Michael-Richan-ebook/dp/B00DC1RTCQ Genre: Horror Pages: 220 Status: Finished I love reading horrors, and I am always looking for new authors. Really, how much more can I read Stephen King? I’m a firm believer that there are other authors who can come up with scary stuff. Sadly, The Bank ...

01 July 2016

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


Title: The Song of Achilles Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Song-Achilles-Madeline-Miller-ebook/dp/B006IE2IO8/ Genre: Historical Pages: 369                          Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Highly recommended I am a big Greek Mythology fan. Not just a big fan, I love, love, love Greek Mythology. Have loved it since early childhood. I can tell you all about Hercules and his Twelve Labors, about ...

01 July 2016

The Autobiography of @ by Jeff Abugov


Title: The Autobiography of @ Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Autobiography-short-story-Jeff-Abugov-ebook/dp/B00RUVRW8U Genre: Humor, satire Pages: 24                            This has to be one of the most hilarious books I've ever read. I have to admit I don’t remember how this short story has appeared in my Kindle. Probably it has been on a free promo, and I have ...

18 November 2016

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods (Translator)


Title: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods (Translator) Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140120831/ Genre: Historical, Mystery Pages: 273                                               Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Highly Recommended This is one of the most original and unusual books I’ve ever read. I think it’s in a genre of its own. The other book ...

12 December 2016

Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King


  Title: Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Bazaar-Bad-Dreams-Stories-ebook/dp/B00UDCI1AG Genre: Horror, Paranormal Pages: 510                                               Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Recommended Here’s a funny thing. I have always loved King’s short stories. I had always been reading them in Russian translation. From the moment I started reading them in English, I stopped liking them ...

09 April 2017

Im back with Abracadabra! (sort of)


I haven’t been online for eight months! Wow, that’s a lot, isn’t it? When I took the hiatus, I was sure that in six months I’d be back with the first book of my new series. But come to think of it, the book isn’t done yet. And it’s really heartbreaking. ...