Baba Jaga (2020)

Baba Jaga Toby Barlow Baba Jaga Will ein liebensw rdiger junger Amerikaner unterh lt f r die CIA eine Werbeagentur als Briefkastenfirma doch leider ist er mit wichtigen Informationen allzu sorglos umgegangen und muss nun seinen eh
  • Title: Baba Jaga
  • Author: Toby Barlow
  • ISBN: 9783455600001
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover
Baba Jaga Toby Barlow Will, ein liebensw rdiger junger Amerikaner, unterh lt f r die CIA eine Werbeagentur als Briefkastenfirma doch leider ist er mit wichtigen Informationen allzu sorglos umgegangen und muss nun seinen ehemals so freundlichen Kollegen aus dem Weg gehen Zoja, die seit Jahrhunderten kaum einen Tag gealtert ist, verdient ihren Lebensunterhalt damit, reichen M nnern das Geld auWill, ein liebensw rdiger junger Amerikaner, unterh lt f r die CIA eine Werbeagentur als Briefkastenfirma doch leider ist er mit wichtigen Informationen allzu sorglos umgegangen und muss nun seinen ehemals so freundlichen Kollegen aus dem Weg gehen Zoja, die seit Jahrhunderten kaum einen Tag gealtert ist, verdient ihren Lebensunterhalt damit, reichen M nnern das Geld aus der Tasche zu ziehen Leider hat sie ihren letzten Liebhaber auf reichlich ungeschickte Weise umgebracht, und Charles Vidot, ein hart arbeitender Polizist mit Intuition, sch pft Verdacht und wird kurzerhand in einen Floh verwandelt Doch dann begegnet Zoja Will und ist von seinem Charme und seiner Naivit t bezaubert Zum ersten Mal in ihrem langen Leben verliebt sie sich Aber die CIA kommt ihnen in die Quere, sie werden in wilde Abenteuer verstrickt, w hrend die Polizei sich mit r tselhaften Verbrechen konfrontiert sieht bis ganz Paris kopfsteht.
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  1. D.M. Busek

    As a Russian, I m partial to everything concerning Baba Yaga And I dislike it when she s used as a prop to describe something or someone completely different Which happens almost every time they write about her nowadays I m not going to lunge into comparisons here and anyway the witches in the book were done with gusto and credibility if one may say so about witches It s just that they had nothing to to with B Yaga She deserves a book of her own and quite a different book it should be, e.g with [...]

  2. Kathrina

    This novel is an excellent example of how to use perspective as a tool for deepening your story The shifting point of view not only provides additional perspectives on the events of the plot, but cuts to the heart of each character s commitment to the events And the events are a bit madcap, which I loved Balkan witches and spells, Cold War espionage, homage to Fitzgerald, Kafka, some Dr Who, maybe even some Christie Hercule Poirot Vidot was my favorite character, not only because we are privy to [...]

  3. Suzanne

    Detroit may be a mess, but at least they ve got Toby Barlow and that s quite an asset Babayaga should probably properly get a 4.75 or 4.8 on Suzanne s Almost Impossible to Get a 5 Star Rating System, because it didn t change my life or anything, but I did enjoy it very much I think I m rounding up because I am so happy that this book proves conclusively that Barlow is not a one hit wonder See my review of Sharp Teeth for thoughts about his debut effort Babayaga is a thoroughly amusing ride, set [...]

  4. Steve

    Okay, I m done with this one, into the abandoned book pile The writing wasn t bad, but I m over halfway through and I just don t care about any of the characters, except maybe the police detective that was turned into a flea yes, seriously Maybe I ll come back to this one someday

  5. Washington Post

    Babayaga has a convoluted and densely populated tale of intrigue, murder and witchcraft set against the backdrop of Cold War espionage in 1950s Paris It borrows some interesting and surprising history about the CIA s covert involvement with the Paris Review It s lighthearted and cartoonish, yet the novel asks not to be taken too seriously This is its most fundamental mistake, from which all its others spring Even if a novel is a rip roaring yarn or a bonkers comedy, one can feel whether, beneath [...]

  6. Jason Ip

    Babayaga was quite the ride a tale spun from the dark dredges of superstition mixed in an east european cauldron of mysticism with a dash of unqreuited end of the world kind of romanticism and bloody intrigue The ensemble of characters come armed with varying weapons, indicative of the colourful archetypical characters readers can identify with that are deconstructed as the story flies apart at its seams From a spurned spellweaving hag capable of devastation after revenge against a youthful cast [...]

  7. Diane

    Originally posted at blogsj adult4teen 2013 Innocuous Will Van Wyck was working at an advertising agency in Paris in 1959 when his life lost its sanity Will always knew, vaguely, that his ad agency was actually a front for the Agency, which has infiltrated all of Europe as part of its Cold War strategy Then he meets Oliver Ames, archetype of the carefree American, who drops CIA connections, hidden guns, and other seeming non sequiturs into casual conversation Poor Will is confused even before he [...]

  8. Antonia

    When all is said and done, this just isn t a good book The writing is boring and overwrought, and never rises above disappointing Save yourself the time and instead of reading this, read literally anything else about Baba Yaga that s not written by a man I was hoping for something with depth and imagination, and instead was left with something bland and unappetizing The title had me interested I ll give a chance to anything connected to Baba Yaga, but she s merely used as a prop for a sagging st [...]

  9. Robin

    Babayaga, the wise and terrible old witch from Russian folklore, is living a low profile life in Paris in 1959 Known as Elga, she made a long journey during the war, escaping Stalin s brutality while gleaning the spoils of war by helping advancing generals and by employing witchcraft as needed As in the Russian fables, Babayaga has sister witches who are also called Babayaga In this story, just one survives Zoya, an eternally beautiful witch who relies upon men to keep her kept in luxury, until [...]

  10. Earnie Painter

    The idea of Baba Yaga is intriguing When I looked up the word or name it seems that it has the same meaning in many of the Slavic languages She is what we would know as a witch, an old ugly hag of a witch with nothing but wickedness in her heart This is what I read as a kind of preliminary study for reading this novel My previous experience with the name is from a children s book called Babushka Baba Yaga, a title that caused a Bulgarian woman I know to giggle when I asked her what it meant She [...]

  11. Jennifer

    This historical fantasy set during the start of the Cold War in Paris featuring a CIA sting, a vengeful witch, a star crossed couple and a earnest detective who becomes transformed into a flea was all kinds of inventive, but ultimately failed for me because I thought the author struggled to keep the many moving parts of this novel working in tandem The characters of Elga, Zoya and Will were fully developed and fun to follow, but Oliver remained as big of a cipher as the sketchy pharmaceutical co [...]

  12. Martin

    There s a lot going on in BabaYaga, and if not everything fits together exactly perfectly, well who cares Parts of this book seemed like a caper novel It s kind of like a goulash Or a jam session would be a better metaphor, since Barlow seems to like jazz In a jam session, you throw ideas into the mix It s charm is that it can mesh together This was a fun book to read I m looking forward to his next book

  13. Ghyllee

    ummm i enjoyed parts of the story a lot Will, Zoya, Noelle and the Inspector, other parts, less Witches Song over all it was a good tale, but the end was a bit dissatisfying for me it bummed me out, to be honest edit to be fair, i guess i m too invested in my view spoiler idea of the happily ever after hide spoiler edit

  14. Elaine Bergstrom

    I truly detested fleas before I read this book, now I know they are fascinating creatures least some of the time Here we have a old crone witch who has lived for centuries, a young and beautiful witch, an undercover CIA agent posing as a ad man and an uptight police detective When these lives intersect in Paris, things get very strange indeed I loved the droll humor and the overall great writing Finding this author was finding a gem.

  15. Lizy

    I m giving up on page 207 of 383 because unless I ve had 3x as much caffeine as I normally do, I can t keep my eyes open for than ten pages at a time while reading this book.It pisses me off because nothing s inherently wrong with this book Honestly It s not like there s poor grammar or a lack of action or nothing unique it has all of these things And Sharp Teeth, by the same author, was a phenomenal book I just can t get into this one.There were some minor things that irked me, though First of [...]

  16. Charles

    I haven t entirely worked out what I thought about this book I or less have a loose collection of reactions 1 At the beginning if the book it seemed like he was describing a Paris of 1920 not of 1946 2 I had a hard time accepting Zoya s rational for being the short, fat guy s mistress I could not see him providing anything she wanted but then following that line of reasoning What did she want 3 I thought Will was a well crafted character but to be that innocent about a tie to the CIA come on 4 [...]

  17. Heron

    Babayaga is a fun book with an amusing premise and a kooky cast But my enjoyment was totally spoiled by the trite sexist tropes used in place of real female characters Barlow would have you believe that women are either dumb, conniving, ancient and sexless, duplicitous, lesbian and sexless , or literally witches While a few of the male characters enjoyed true development and complexity, most notably Detective Vidot, the women in this book enjoyed, at best, a single character arc sexual violence [...]

  18. A

    Fantastically imaginative and breathlessly inventive, but in the end only 3 stars because it was a bit draggy and unnecessarily convoluted Barlow doesn t really have able enough writer chops to work the whole espionage story angle, but thankfully the clever fantasy part and the incredibly enjoyable and relatable cast of characters are both plenty of fun on their own Rodrigo Corral is my favorite cover designer of all time OF ALL TIME but his cover for this book and the corresponding interior des [...]

  19. Boris Feldman

    When I was a child, the neighbor across the street was what one might politely call a hag Shriveled Mean VERY scary We all called her the Baba Yaga Perhaps, I thought, that was her name Little did I know that this was a term from Russian Yiddish folklore about Eastern European witches Not until I began reading stories to our children about Baba Yaga did I learn that my childhood horrors were part of a centuries long literary tradition.Comes now this novel A delightful transposition of several Ba [...]

  20. Traci

    If I could, I d give this about 3 1 2 stars It s better than 3, but not quite 4 And the not quite is probably due to the ending Like the spells that Zoya and her fellow witches use, I fell under the spell of the book although it did take a while until the end The finale sort of sucker punched me back into reality, and yes, I was disappointed I thought it was going in one direction, but it veered off the rails and left me thinking that Barlow could pick up the characters again, which would be gre [...]

  21. Benjamin

    Babayaga, by the author of Sharp Teeth, is about witches, spies, cops, and one very hapless, clueless analyst in 1959 Paris One of the strengths of Sharp Teeth was the free verse that made for a very unique, interesting read Babayaga is straightforward, but much wacky with oddball characters popping up all over in this madcap literary adventure It s eminently readable, but for some reason it failed to completely grab me I have to give it a lot of props for what the author was doing with it tho [...]

  22. Jeff

    I finished the book and started to wonder why I read the whole thing It was pretty dark and the lead female characters had no redeeming qualities It s ending was consistent with the dark tone On a positive side, the writing was beautiful Almost too much so Barlow certainly had a big vocabulary but not all of the prose advanced the story For example, there were whole pages describing hallucinations, but I guess I did not get the point of that The story also had some good twists and turns and was [...]

  23. Megan

    I am torn about my feelings for this novel Overall, I really enjoyed it The magical workings of two babayagas or witches and the havoc they create in early 1900s Paris was full of vivid characters, funny situations and even a little romance But it is just such a convoluted story that it lost a little of its oomph I did really love the character of Detective Vidot, whose metamorphasis into a flea is truly an enjoyable sidebar And Barlow did a good job weaving together all the multitudes of storyl [...]

  24. camilla

    What a great read Barlow does an excellent job of maintaining 4 or so separate stories simultaneously, and keeping them all interesting At times one would pique my interest than the others, but really they were all enjoyable, especially when they start overlapping I don t know if I liked this than Sharp Teeth, though that is just like an appetizer for the Babayaga entree I passed on my galley to a German girl I met in Oz, I know she s going to love it.

  25. Elizabeth Fagin

    Hmm, let s see A band of witches wandering the European continent over centuries, spies who could be working for the good guys or the bad guys or both, a trio of Black jazz musicians who don t mind providing some needed muscle, a mad Nazi scientist now working for the CIA, a rat and a flea who used to be men did I mention witches , an indictment of the advertising industry, and This mess of a plot line actually shines through in this very well written and entertaining book.

  26. Jonathan Hawpe

    A highly entertaining collision of cold war espionage hijincks, slightly melancholy Parisian romance, and a gritty style of supernatural witchery Imagine Mad Men invaded by Gregory Maguire s Elphaba If we had half stars this would get 3 1 2.

  27. Fraser Sherman

    God, I hated this one The story of immortal witches locking horns with the CIA in 1950s Paris is buried under long, tedious internal monologues, and I hate internal monologues Oh, and did you know love can make you do crazy things Now you do

  28. Nancy Martira

    How can you pass up a book that bills itself as a novel of love, spies, and witches in 1950s Paris and a cop turned into a flea I mean, you ve got to pick that up Does what it says on the label, but failed to blow me away.

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