Equal parts Harry Potter and David Cronenberg, Vita Nostra is a magical school story that is also an intense psychodrama. As a child, Sasha Samokhina is recruited by a mysterious man into a college that teaches how to understand and control space and time. If she fails, her parents will suffer. If she succeeds, her body and mind will change beyond recognition. What lies on the other side of the final examination? You'll have to read to find out...and you won't be able to stop.
Mystery, sci-fi, Socratic dialogue, retelling of “Hansel and Gretel”: The Taiga Syndrome is a delightful shape-shifter of a novel. A detective turned creator of detective fiction finds herself called back into being a detective, voyaging into the wilds of Russia to track down a runaway woman. What we know: she seems to have found another man. What we learn: she may have found the very edges of the universe. The dispatches our detective writes, alongside her mysterious companion-translator, are philosophical and playful in equal measure, with each chapter its own provocative question.
Diana is a witch, though she prefers to live her life without magic. A professor of history, she wants to conduct her research in peace and is successful until a lost alchemical text finds its way into her hands. The tome is clearly enchanted, so Diana sends it back into the bowels of the library in order to keep up with her personal “no magic” rule. But the trouble has just begun. Soon, hoards of witches, daemons, and vampires join her in the library, hoping that she will once again uncover the lost manuscript. To defend herself, Diana must learn to accept and wield her inhuman gift and she quickly discovers that not all creatures are considered equal.