Russian Folklore Poem: “Cream of Fool Ivan: A Recipe”

Teremok - Baba Yaga - Russian folklore poem

Today’s poem was actually published! The e-zine Quantum Fairy Tales included it in their Winter 2016 issue. BUT, alas, that issue (with the entire e-zine, it appears) is now little more than a broken link. For that reason I expect no one will mind if I re-post “Cream of Fool Ivan: A Recipe” right here. >=) … Read more…

ENCHANTMENT by Orson Scott Card

Friday night I finished reading Enchantment by Orson Scott Card — and I was caught between the pleasure of having read such a great book and the sadness of finally coming to the end of the adventure. The plot summary you can find on Amazon, but basically Enchantment is a modernized and Russianized retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It … Read more…

RUSALKA by C. J. Cherryh

Rusalka (1989) is a fantasy novel by C. J. Cherryh that reworks Russian folklore into an alternate history of the Kievan Rus’. Sasha Misurov, a young and untrained wizard, and Pyetr Kochevikov, a drinking/gambling/screwing around “scoundrel” who doesn’t believe in magic, are forced out of their hometown of Vojvoda after one of Pyetr’s illicit affairs … Read more…