Review/Request Policy

I’m more than happy to accept books and requests from authors, publishers, and community members. Request books are prioritized over regular stuff.

I review fiction and nonfiction published from 2000-present focusing on Russia. Specifically, I enjoy reading history books, political books, travelogues, IR, HOSF, satire, translations, and historical and literary fiction.

To see sample reviews (both positive and negative), select ‘demo’ from the category dropdown in the sidebar.

Please note I am less inclined to accept requests for books in the following categories:

  • Russia-linked romance novels
  • espionage thrillers (unless unconventional, exceptionally bad, or falling under the Vladimir’ich Clause)
  • economics books
  • books dealing with alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election
  • history books on the Stalinist era
  • textbooks

I accept ebooks in PDF or Kindle (.mobi) format, and hard copies if you’re willing to send them my way. However, I will first check the library system for your book. If you want a book to be read and reviewed by a certain date, please let me know. That may greatly affect whether I can accept it.

My reviews, though critical, always strive for thoughtfulness. If I DNF your book, I’ll make sure to identify a) the reason for abandonment, and b) potential readers who are a good match for the book. Be forewarned: I can be snarky when a review calls for it and I’m equally likely to state unequivocally a book’s screwups as I am to praise its strong points.

Minimum review length is 250 words. I post reviews on this blog and promote them on Twitter. Any portion of my reviews may be reproduced for the promotion of the books reviewed. A link back to my review or to this site is appreciated.

All my reviews are spoilerific – i.e. I will be divulging plot or argument details in order to critique a work.

The Vladimir’ich Clause: Allows titles that would otherwise not be considered for review to get attention if the book in question features a fictionalized representation of Vladimir Putin (or a Putin stand-in).

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