The Waverunner

The Waverunner

by Alexander Grin, Maria K., Diane Nelson

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BN ID: 2940014994828
Publisher: TSK Group LLC
Publication date: 07/27/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 261
File size: 174 KB

About the Author

Alexander Grin (1880 – 1932) is the pen name of Alexander Grinevky – one of the few representatives of romanticism and symbolism in Russian literature.

A dreamer since early childhood, Grin was driven by his love of travel and adventure all his life – from trying to run away from home and become a sailor to pouring his wanderlust into his fascinating and richly detailed books.

Maria K. is the pen name of Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova – a writer, translator, and blogger of Russian-Ukrainian decent. Maria came to the United States in 1994 as an impressionable 19-year old exchange student. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY).

Maria covers a wide range of topics from travel and fashion to politics and social issues. Her science fiction and fantasy works include Limited Time for Tomato Soup, The SHIELD, The Elemental Tales and others.

A non-fiction and science fiction writer in her own right, Maria is also a prolific translator of less-known works of Russian and Soviet literature into English. Her most prominent translations include her grandfather Vasily Kuznetsov’s Siege of Leningrad journals titled The Ring of Nine, and Thais of Athens – a historic novel by Ivan Yefremov. Both works quickly made their way into the top 100 Kindle publications in their respective categories and continue attracting consistent interest and acclaim from readers.

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The Waverunner 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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The Waverunner is another of those neo-paranormal, spooky, atmospheric tales that suck you in and send goosebumps spreading up and down your arms – a ghost story for those who relish and find unending joy in the richness of the written word. Russian authors do it just about better than any others, occasionally losing themselves in the cadence and the tapestry of a thought, a vision, or a landscape. Plot sometimes becomes almost a secondary consideration, although with The Waverunner, there is an intensity of focus that leaves no wiggle room for becoming lost amidst the lush phrasing and complex descriptions. I wish I had a better word than ‘lush’ but it suits. Unlike the typical opulence of a land-bound setting, this time the seascape and the rhythms of the sea command our entire attention, whether aboard ship or not. The protagonist, Garvey, is unfamiliar with the terminology of a life devoted to the seafaring so he must make do, as would we, and he struggles with the alien nature of a world into which he is thrust. Garvey’s journey is a quest, a coming-of-age of self-discovery; and he embarks on this with the bravado of the young, open to experiences even when there are people and events that threaten and set his world to naught. Grin’s work seems to have recurring themes of unrequited love, of love misplaced, restrained and contained … almost to the point of obsessiveness. Garvey’s emotions become sandwiched between the ideal and the real, between the attainable and the not, and all the choices and turmoil that entails. The women form the nexus around which the suspense unfolds … and the ship itself is an organic presence, as integral to the plot as any of the characters. If you love to slip along the ragged edge of fantasy and reality, if you want to lose yourself in intelligent and rich prose and you fancy a love story and a mystery with the trappings of the paranormal, then you will find The Waverunner a most satisfying read. This is an excellent translation by Maria K. Five stars.