Book Review: Of Sunshine and Bedbugs by Isaac Babel and translated by Boris Dralyuk

My thanks to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Isaac Babel (1894–1940) was not an author I knew or had come across earlier but when this volume of Essential Stories appeared from Pushkin Press, I decided to (somewhat blindly) give it a try. Babel was an author, journalist, and translator…

Book Review: Taobao by Dan K. Woo

My thanks to Buckrider Books and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book. Taobao is a collection of short stories by Canadian–Chinese author Dan K Woo, set in modern-day China, which sadly turned out to be rather different than I had expected, and which didn’t end up really working for me. The stories are…

Book Review: A Bad Business: Essential Stories by Fyodor Dostoevsky

My thanks to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. A Bad Business is a set of six short stories by Dostoevsky collected in this ‘Essential Stories’ volume by Pushkin Press. The first four are longer length, and more ‘substantial’ so to speak but all the stories are impactful in their…

Book Review: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog #Dewithon22

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog is a short volume of ten stories, all somewhat autobiographical, by Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas. This is a pick for for Paula’s #Dewithon22, and my almost-last-minute substitute for my original pick, a volume of fairy tales, which shall have to be read another time. (This…

Book Review: Midsummer Mysteries: Secrets and Suspense from the Queen of Crime by Agatha Christie

My thanks to Harper Collins UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Agatha Christie being one of my favourite authors, when I got this one from NetGalley, I couldn’t help but bump it up on my TBR pile! Midsummer Mysteries: Secrets and Suspense from the Queen of Crime is a collection of…

Book Review: The Breaking Point by Daphne du Maurier #DDMreadingweek

Having read only novels by Daphne du Maurier so far, I was keen to explore some of her short stories, and Daphne du Maurier Reading Week hosted by Ali at Heavenali (find links to all the posts here), seemed the perfect time to do it, so for the second of my two reads for this…

Guy Fawkes Day Read: Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie

Guy Fawkes Image Source: George Cruikshank [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Its the 5th of November, and  while I am in the middle of a couple of other books, I decided to stop and pick up a read that has a Guy Fawkes theme, since I have been planning to for years, but never seem to…