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  • The Secret History of Moscow
  • Ekaterina Sedia
  • English
  • 05 September 2019
  • 9781607012290

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Free read ï The Secret History of Moscow ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ekaterina Sedia Ô 9 Read & download Summary The Secret History of Moscow Hisper strange tales to those who would listen Galina is a young woman caught like her contemporaries in the seeming lawlessness of the new Russia In the midst of this chaos her sister Masha turns into a jackdaw and flies away prompting Galina to join Yakov. 25When I saw the reviews for this book I saw it discussed as a mixture of Neverwhere and American Gods two books I love from Neil Gaiman And while the comparison is a fair one when it comes to the premise of the story it doesn t really live up to the comparison in executionI wanted to love this book It s right up my alley and it s a book that I should ve loved but while it was interesting it just sort of fell flat I think mostly it s because the characters never seemed really developed to me Whether mortal or mythical they didn t breatheAlso the pacing The first part of the story slowly unfolds as we learn the stories of the various players as they sort of meander around life and then on their uests but then the ending sort of happens all at once and I kept thinking I was missing pages or something because it all came together too neatly without any real rhyme or reason getting there It sort of just happenedThere were good things to it I really liked learning about both Russian history and mythology and seeing the depiction of life in Russia at the time was definitely one of the highlights of the bookBut overall I m just left with the let down feeling that it could ve been so much better than it wasAgain it s not bad really it just well maybe my expectations were just too high shrugsETA I originally bumped my 25 up to 3 but I realized that the 3 was left over for liking the premise and wanting to like it but if I compare it to other 3s it just doesn t hold up So I m changing it to a downgrade instead of a bump Still 25 either way really but ya know

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Free read ï The Secret History of Moscow ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ekaterina Sedia Ô 9 Read & download Summary The Secret History of Moscow A policeman investigating a rash of recent disappearances Their search will take them to the underground realm of hidden truths and archetypes to find themselves caught between reality and myth past and present honor and betrayal the secret history of Mosc. The Secret History of MoscowEkaterina SediaPrime BooksKat Sedia s new book it came out sometime in 2007 but my reading schedule is slow as molasses The Secret History of Moscow is an intriguing novel about set in both the normal world of Moscow in the 1990s and in the strange underworld beneath it where both mythical figures from Moscow s past rub shoulders with Muscovites and visitors from many eras When Maria the sister of the main character Galina mysteriously turns into a jackdaw and flies away Galina is compelled to seek out the hidden world beneath and around herSuperficially this novel is very similar to Neil Gaiman s Neverwhere as Gaiman in his usual modest way suggests in a review of his own Sedia I think builds on Gaiman s ideas of a mythical world mirroring and underneath our modern one populating her mythic Moscow with historical figures gypsies Jews from the pogroms Napoleanic soldiers and Tajik warriors and strange and curious creatures from stories like the voidyanoi rusalki and Koschei the Deathless The three main characters Galina a woman who works as an English translator Yakov the cop and Fyodor the itinerant artist are normal people who become aware of the strangeness that s disrupted their lives They ve seen things people turning into blackbirds before their eyes or watched family members vanish and are the only ones compelled to get to the bottom of what s going on It took me a few chapters of character introduction to get into the book but once things were set up I could barely put the book down I didn t just want to know what happened next I was sucked into the narrative I almost didn t want it to end and was cursing the book was only 300 pagesSedia cuts out nearly everything for a breezy writing style that is fast paced and extremely easy to read only to come to jarring stops when she pauses to flesh out a character met along the way with their own story This it turns out is an extremely good thing Sedia s strengths at least in this story is creating incredibly engaging and interesting characters in a short amount of time And with each of those characters one gets a sense of the inevitable change of history around themAs much as people in reviews I ve seen have focused on the Russian ness or Moscow ness of the story I don t actually see that as a strong point of the book For all the fascinating observations of the changes of Russian style from the crown Peter the Great refused to wear to traffic snarls and the motives of car ownership in modern Moscow one doesn t actually get a sense of Moscow as a character Part I think is that descriptions throughout the book are notoriously spare I never got a sense of the personality of the setting around me or its characterBut what I did get from this book was a real sense of the struggle of otherwise normal people in events wildly beyond their control And in character after character outsiders forced to view the normal events of a city from a distant almost solitary perspective This I think is much universal I d even go so far as to say it s a primary focus of modern fantasy and what sets apart bad fantasy which only offers an escape for those who feel outside modern culture and good fantasy which offers empathy and understanding and uses tools of mythology towards those ends It s something Gaiman has always been uniuely good at and is a reason why his writing is so popular Sedia s Secret History builds on this and I want to shout from the rooftops about this novel It s just that great More people need to be reading and talking about this book

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Free read ï The Secret History of Moscow ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ekaterina Sedia Ô 9 Read & download Summary The Secret History of Moscow Every city contains secret places Moscow in the tumultuous 1990s is no different its citizens seeking safety in a world below the streets a dark cavernous world of magic weeping trees and albino jackdaws where exiled pagan deities and faery tale creatures w. I really want to talk about crack babies to talk about how I feel about this book That s what I m thinking about Mariel they are born into a disrupted world and missing a chemicalspiritualwhatever balance and then I think crack babies cause my attention span is shot and I m a half thought kinda person on good days I d take a picture of my mind map and the connect the dots if I could They show a picture of a dog s head when joined Because that s what my mind thinks of when it thinks of Russia I ve collected images of Russia that are probably not normal One of them is The Golden Girls dream seuence of the girls visiting the country in Soviet era My mind was at odds with what I was reading and what I wanted to read about Like I had ideas and feelings under the surface and then none of them happened My heart was in the wrong place It s not good to read a book that is all over in what it wants to say when you re mind is already all over the place I m gonna blame Sedia anyway cause she could have written something better than a tolerable urban fantasy All of this is really with me as a reader in mind I don t know if anyone else craves fantasy about heart what ifs the emotional euivalent of sunrises and sunsets Gone today and tomorrow It is enough to SEE it relating pull on threads of history and if it were a tin can phone you d get an echo back that sounded oddly like your own shout Like hearing The Beach Boys all over elephant 6 music I don t read lots of urban fantasy because I want to know what to expect That s not the same at all Sunsets are not the sameNow I m thinking of thisThe wikipedia page for Twilight Sleep says Twilight sleep English translation of the German word D mmerschlaf12 is an amnesic condition characterized by insensibility to pain without loss of consciousness induced by an injection of morphine and scopolamine3 especially to relieve the pain of childbirth This combination induces a semi narcotic4 state which produces the experience of childbirth without pain or without the memory of pain3 The term Twilight Sleep is also sometimes used to refer to modern intravenous sedationOkay wiki also says Women who gave birth this way could not remember having their babies And the drugs had effects on the infants Bad effectsDoing the half thought thing I remembered it as ways to numb oneself to what is happening and going through in historical comas Sleeping awake and then the crack babies as all the missing health of loving family and futurePeople who are born addicted dependent troubled and existing in a world of twilight sleep Russia in the 1990s and upside down What does the world look like underground when it is not right side up This is what I WISH the book was about It became a I m Russian and I want to tell you things and I think I m saying the half life stuff too but it is really getting buried under all the talking about what I want people to know about Russia book Politics UghEkaterina Sedia surely hears my voice in her head talking to her when she writes her books She ignored me again Crack babies She had to have heard me say it was twilight sleep and being born into ghosts and not history book cliffnotes If it is the under the boot of the footnotes of history then why did they walk on in walk on parts in a travelogue Don t get me wrong My mind had no problem imagining any of it Secret History must ve been amazing in Sedia s head before she d written it She did an excorcist twist head around and faced back to the front Like the turning the tables boots who boot out the old pairs of shoes treading on everything Aristocrats Really Communists Oh my godThe fish floundering on dry land was the same damned land Bars and woods and history like I ve heard this shit so many fucking times already I groaned when the very first place they go to is a fucking bar Fish out of water stories should be about breathing I want to be in a new world to notice what is taken for granted If it is the same land it is still taken for granted Same side up Not that the Decembrists and dripping from dead dog s eyes and terrible Ivans and useful Jews and everyone being poor together isn t haunted eye look dripping dead dogs So how do the losers of life fit into history as life It s twilight sleep and waking up drugged into that history That s what I feel The directionless sad in youth are fed hope it ll all be different you ll be a PAGE in a book that can be turned and felt and smelt the real kind of books that have their own smells once you get out of town and get to college Underground Torn from one and stitched together and it s a magnificent all new uilt Nuh uhI thought Sedia was gonna listen In the beginning Galina is afraid I felt at home in Moscow with her for the ripped into the world maladjustedness of that fear Staring into dark subways and dreaming there s Finding treasures like stairwells and broken glass six year old me thought nothing was beautiful than broken green glass in to save for building what looks like it doesn t belong there and should be somewhere magical Galina turning her fear of insanity into a comfort blanket to dismiss all the unknown sacrificing freedom and chances for that safety I almost felt I saw Moscow through HER eyes That was until the lessons started inDoes it ever seem like fantasy and sci fi is naturally technophobic I couldn t name one that isn t It s the phobic part that s important The dark fantasy in imagining the worst that can happen Odds with the world phobic Worldophobia Afraid of everyone A man walks into a bar That s the punchlineI was thinking about twilight sleep before page 107 One line and it might have been throwaway chances are high It was like the sleep paralysis he used to get as a child a feeling of utter helplessness and despair and it felt like it was his fault The he is Yakov the police detective Yakov is as boring as I now expect all police characters in urban fantasy to be That s a lot of boringNow wake up There s no Secret History It s what you can t live with Why couldn t that have been the story It sucks that Sedia is Mariel deaf because she gets the sick fantasy feeling of walking with your head down and keeping distances as a way to see the Peter Pan shadows and secret histories It s probably wrong though Like how there aren t dinner parties waiting in the sky for teenaged misfits it isn t magic to feel that alone in your bedroom parties are all there is Maybe I am annoyed because the reason behind the Muscavites turning into birds crows crows crows wasn t that interesting after all But birds And Russia Why wasn t this great Sorry I don t mean to crow Okay I m reluctant to mention this next part because most other reviews already do Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman Gaiman uotes that Sedia does for Moscow what he hoped his book did for London I m also reluctant to mention this cause I already did my bit about Mieville s Un Lun Dun looking like a girl at the prom wearing the same dress as another prom attendee Originality is overrated The world is the same or less for a lot of people That doesn t mean anything that happens there is Like the Russian folklore was influenced and borrowed from multiple sources Why not It makes sense Natural even That s how stories live I already did my bit about Gaiman coming up with the same idea as Dianna Wynne Jones for another book Stop ripping off other reviewers Mariel God you are so unoriginal Like everyone else already mentioned Neil Gaiman s Neverwhere Neverwhere was good It wasn t perfect either What happens to people who fall through the cracks I will probably never tire of those kinds of stories If they could surprise me Give me what I didn t know I wanted Why does anyone stare into dark abysses and wonder about the other side How does anyone sleep and not feel paralyzed And what about the land that the fish suirms on Does it change the fish Does the fish change it I am probably a jerk expecting what is probably meant to be a typical urban fantasy shows me for reading one that mentions a detective in the plot blurb to care about interesting enough sounding plot and setting But c mon you author guys listen to me The ending was a wallow depressing as shit I don t know about you Sedia You re good but seem to miss the point of your own stories We watch to go on living not to give up for the future The Hall of Presidents is the worst Disney ride for a reason I still think history matters for crack baby reasons RESTful API Design places Moscow in the tumultuous 1990s is no different its citizens seeking safety in a world below the streets a dark cavernous world of magic weeping trees and albino jackdaws where exiled The king of fighters Zillion. 9 pagan deities and faery tale creatures w. I really want to talk about crack babies to talk about how I feel about this book That s what I m thinking about Mariel they are born into a disrupted world and missing a chemicalspiritualwhatever balance and then I think crack babies cause my attention span is shot and I m a half thought kinda This World We Live In person on good days I d take a Dread Night Legacy #05 picture of my mind map and the connect the dots if I could They show a Baryshnikov in Russia picture of a dog s head when joined Because that s what my mind thinks of when it thinks of Russia I ve collected images of Russia that are Como Ser Encantadora Para Alumna probably not normal One of them is The Golden Girls dream seuence of the girls visiting the country in Soviet era My mind was at odds with what I was reading and what I wanted to read about Like I had ideas and feelings under the surface and then none of them happened My heart was in the wrong Sostiene Pereira place It s not good to read a book that is all 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right side up This is what I WISH the book was about It became a I m Russian and I want to tell you things and I think I m saying the half life stuff too but it is really getting buried under all the talking about what I want Moden pan vaknar nahi मोडेन पण वाकणार नाही people to know about Russia book Politics UghEkaterina Sedia surely hears my voice in her head talking to her when she writes her books She ignored me again Crack babies She had to have heard me say it was twilight sleep and being born into ghosts and not history book cliffnotes If it is the under the boot of the footnotes of history then why did they walk on in walk on Tree shrub gardening for British Columbia parts in a travelogue Don t get me wrong My mind had no A Professional Engagement The Wedding Planners Harleuin Romance problem imagining any of it Secret History must ve been amazing in Sedia s head before she d written it She did an excorcist twist head around and faced back to the front Like the turning the tables boots who boot out the old Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik pairs of shoes treading on everything Aristocrats Really Communists Oh my godThe fish floundering on dry land was the same damned land Bars and woods and history like I ve heard this shit so many fucking times already I groaned when the very first Fish Diseases and Disorders: Non-Infectious Disorders poor together isn t haunted eye look dripping dead dogs So how do the losers of life fit into history as life It s twilight sleep and waking up drugged into that history That s what I feel The directionless sad in youth are fed hope it ll all be different you ll be a PAGE in a book that can be turned and felt and smelt the real kind of books that have their own smells once you get out of town and get to college Underground Torn from one and stitched together and it s a magnificent all new uilt Nuh uhI thought Sedia was gonna listen In the beginning Galina is afraid I felt at home in Moscow with her for the ripped into the world maladjustedness of that fear Staring into dark subways and dreaming there s Finding treasures like stairwells and broken glass six year old me thought nothing was beautiful than broken green glass in to save for building what looks like it doesn t belong there and should be somewhere magical Galina turning her fear of insanity into a comfort blanket to dismiss all the unknown sacrificing freedom and chances for that safety I almost felt I saw Moscow through HER eyes That was until the lessons started inDoes it ever seem like fantasy and sci fi is naturally technophobic I couldn t name one that isn t It s the Investigating Non Fiction And Media phobic Making Her Man part that s important The dark fantasy in imagining the worst that can happen Odds with the world Why Don't We: In the Limelight phobic Worldophobia Afraid of everyone A man walks into a bar That s the His Pawn Manhattan Tales #1 punchlineI was thinking about twilight sleep before Master and Sissy page 107 One line and it might have been throwaway chances are high It was like the sleep Learn Play with First Nations Native Art paralysis he used to get as a child a feeling of utter helplessness and despair and it felt like it was his fault The he is Yakov the Pippa of Laura police detective Yakov is as boring as I now expect all Drive police characters in urban fantasy to be That s a lot of boringNow wake up There s no Secret History It s what you can t live with Why couldn t that have been the story It sucks that Sedia is Mariel deaf because she gets the sick fantasy feeling of walking with your head down and keeping distances as a way to see the Peter Pan shadows and secret histories It s Eddie Rickenbacker An American Hero in the Twentieth Century probably wrong though Like how there aren t dinner In The Palm of Your Hand Gift Books parties waiting in the sky for teenaged misfits it isn t magic to feel that alone in your bedroom Riding Hard Bennett Boys Ranch #2 parties are all there is Maybe I am 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listen to me The ending was a wallow depressing as shit I don t know about you Sedia You re good but seem to miss the Nailed It point of your own stories We watch to go on living not to give up for the future The Hall of Presidents is the worst Disney ride for a reason I still think history matters for crack baby reasons