Search Results: "S.M. Plokhy"


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YALTA by S.M. Plokhy
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 8, 2010

"Fresh research drives this scholarly study of the complex blend of Yalta's personalities and ideas."
An astute reappraisal of the Yalta Conference. Read full book review >

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THE GATES OF EUROPE by Serhii Plokhy
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A straightforward, useful work that looks frankly at Ukraine's ongoing 'price of freedom' against the rapacious, destabilizing force of Russia."
A sympathetic survey of the history of Ukraine along the East-West divide, from ancient divisions to present turmoil. Read full book review >

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SEA CHANGE by S.M. Wheeler
Released: June 18, 2013

"A weird, operatic coming-of-age fantasy streaked with sexuality, pain and heroism; perhaps the awkward arrival of a new voice."
When her best friend, a talking sea monster, disappears, Lilly must embark on a sequence of self-sacrificing quests to release him, starting with the removal of her reproductive organs. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WITH THE POISON GUN by Serhii Plokhy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A thrilling, well-researched tale of espionage that has all the spycraft hallmarks of a blockbuster movie."
The story of Ukrainian Bogdan Stashinsky's rise from an agricultural student to a KGB assassin who defected to the West in 1961. Read full book review >

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THE LAST EMPIRE by Serhii Plokhy
NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2014

"The author provides fascinating details (especially concerning Ukraine) about this fraught, historic time."
A dour, authoritative look at the last bitter months of 1991 leading up to the Soviet Union's collapse. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A dense history that may lose readers not versed in Russian history, but for students and scholars, Plokhy continues to show that he is the master of this terrain."
A timely work of impeccable research that elucidates the Russian impulse toward regaining lost lands under a powerful myth of origins. Read full book review >

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SCION OF THE FOX by S.M. Beiko
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A smart, complex, animal-based fantasy. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A Winnipeg teenager discovers her magical heritage—and that she's marked for death. Read full book review >

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THE LAKE AND THE LIBRARY by S.M. Beiko
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2013

"This ghost story will be attractive to readers well-versed in esoteric dreaming but frustrating to those who need a more tangible foundation. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A teen romance rooted in the bizarre turns deadly in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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THE SHIP AVENGED by S.M. Stirling
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Pretty good ersatz McCaffrey, despite the feebly unconvincing love story."
Another entry in the Brain/Brawn series created by Anne McCaffrey, and a direct sequel to the paperback The City Who Fought (McCaffrey and Stirling); ``brains'' are humans wired directly and immovably into their spaceships, ``brawns'' their mobil human partners. Read full book review >