Tag Archives: Russia

Book Review: The Idiot by Dostoevsky

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The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky Recommended Ages: 14+ Published in a series of magazine issues in 1868-69, this is one of the masterpieces by the author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. It made me laugh a great deal, but it is not a comedy. Its climax is mysterious and chilling, but it is not a thriller. Dickensian in its large cast of vividly colorful characters and in its satire on the society ... Read More »

Book Review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Recommended Ages: 14+ Over the past few years, I have frequently experienced the advantages of having audiobooks in my car while commuting or traveling. In that way I have found time, at last, to take in many great works of literature that I might otherwise have skipped because they were too long, too serious, to difficult to focus my mind on during the sleepy time of day when I do ... Read More »

483 1/2 Wizolympics – Day 17 Update: Closing Ceremonies

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Daily Prophet Sports Correspondent, Ginny Potter, reports as the 2014 Wizolympics in Sochi come to a dramatic conclusion at the Firebird Stadium, with Russia handing off the Wizolympic Salamander to Pyeongchang, South Korea. Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 15 Update: W.W.N. Report

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It's getting cold at the 2014 Sochi Wizolympics! The W.W.N.'s Lee Jordan reports on the magic-intensive Ice Course at the Firebird Stadium, as well as the exciting final round at the Avalanching event, while Glenda Chittock greets the teams of Expedition Wandless as they race to reunite with their wands. Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 14 Update: W.W.N. Report

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The snow is falling at the 2014 Sochi Wizolympics! The W.W.N.'s Lee Jordan reports on the Avalanching qualifying rounds and gets an expert opinion from author Daisy Hookum on the recent scandals at Expedition Wandless, while Glenda Chittock covers the competition's penultimate event in Krasnya Polyana. Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 12 Update: W.W.N. Report

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It’s a race to the finish at the 2014 Sochi Wizolympics! The W.W.N.’s Lee Jordan reports on the daring teams competing in the Skrewt Sledding event, as well as the special Squib guest at the ongoing Snow Shoveling competition, while Glenda Chittock details the deep dive taken by the athletes of Expedition Wandless. Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 11 Update: W.W.N. Report

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The athletes are taking the plunge at the 2014 Sochi Wizolympics! The W.W.N.'s Lee Jordan reports on the leaps of faith at the Cliff Stunning event, while Glenda Chittock details the sticky situation at Expedition Wandless. Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 11 Update: Cliff Stunning

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Hello again, witches and wizards! I know you’re all anxious to find out who will walk away with the gold medal for this year’s Cliff Stunning. We saw some excellent techniques from the qualifying round earlier today, and Russia and Ireland will be given another opportunity to demonstrate their skill. Although a little sore, all bones have been mended in the hours in between rounds, and our Wizolympians are eager to begin.  And here they ... Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 10 Update: W.W.N. Report

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Things are heating up at the 2014 Sochi Wizolympics! The W.W.N.'s Lee Jordan covers the day-long Unicorn Capture event, which no athlete has won since 1862, while Glenda Chittock covers the giant challenge faced by the competitors of Expedition Wandless. Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 9 Update: W.W.N. Report

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The ice is breaking at the 2014 Sochi Wizolympics! The W.W.N.'s Lee Jordan covers the brand new Ice Fishing event, where celebrity athlete Viktor Krum premieres his newfound skills, while Glenda Chittock covers a "growing problem" at Expedition Wandless. Read More »