Late July in Portland, O'Reilly's Open Source Convention was held and one of the things we managed to do before we left was, shocker, go to Powell's books. I allowed myself 3 books, with Frannie dogging my heels and counting up. I ended up picking up a few books and the Andrew Bromfield English translation of Sergei Lukyanenko's novel "Nightwatch"
Nightwatch is -really- good. I had heard about the movie, of course, but hadn't seen it yet, and the book looked interesting. I couldn't have been more right. I can't recommend this book, and it's sequel, "Daywatch" strongly enough. I'm about halfway through the second book and I can only imagine what the third book, "Twilightwatch" has in store for me.
Bromfield's translation can perhaps be called brilliant, as this is no mechanical translation but almost a spiritual connection between two cultures. I cannot honestly imagine the kind of work he had to put into this work to make it as remarkable in English as it is. Either that or Lukyanenko's source material shines so very bright that it can penetrate the barriers of different cultures.
There is really only one way to find out, I gotta learn Russian. Maybe work has a study group I can sit in on. Our folks in London and our St. Petersburg office have said they want me to visit Russia, so maybe in anticipation of some future trip I can start down this particular path of learning.
Spokojnoj Nochi for now, readers, go pick up those books. They're amazing.