A modern version of "War and Peace", only this time the War is the First World War and the Peace or rather the World (as the originial word should have been translated) includes Russia, England, Wales, Germany and America. I have enjoyed the book, although I have struggled to find a character I could like. They all to be either honest or smart. But perhaps, that's reality for you. They are definitely wonderfully written and the point of view of each character is perfectly understandable even if it is often unpleasant. I am looking forward to reading (or listening to) the second installment in the trilogy.
#75 A. Lee Martniez: Gil's All Fright Diner
Got this one by completely random sampling. A werewolf and a vampire against a teenage girl who wants to open the gates to the old gods and destroy the world. A good diversion for an afternoon.
#76 Dangerous Women. Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardiner Dozois
A collection of short and not so short stories. As usual, in such cases, some I really liked and some I could not get into at all. There was a nice story Virgins by Diana Gabaldon about young Ian and Jamie - always a pleasure to read. I also liked Martin's The Princess and the Queen - a story of the Dance of Dragons, the war between Targaryens. Neighbors by Megan Lindholm is a wonderful story about an old lady, who does not want to move on to the care facility and chooses to go to another fantastic world instead. Second Arabesque, Very Slowly by Nancy Kress is a poignant tale of a couple of teenagers who discover the beauty of ballet from a couple of old recordings in a post-apocalyptic world, which has long ago forgot anything which is unrelated to everyday survival and procreation.
I will not go listing the stories which I did not particularly like, but one thing which I found rather unpleasant was the amount of swearing. Now, I am OK with occasional swear word, because, yes, that's the way people talk. But for example, Lies My Mother Told Me by Caroline Spector was just full of rather uninspired profanities and they did not make the dull story any better for me.
And there were a few stories, which to me did not seem to fit into the theme at all.
So yeah, a few names I will definitely check out and some others I will know to stay away from.