Literature Night Watch Discussion

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04:04:11 AM May 13th 2011
someone who reads russian, please explain the reference to what's wrong with the poster. It's driving me batty.
01:18:10 PM Apr 23rd 2012
I think it's "ИOCHИOI dOZOR" (sorta Russian title) under the main title.
10:52:56 PM Apr 16th 2010
Can someone explain why the author gets hatred in Russia? Because at least reading the translations, while I don't think they're masterpieces by any means, they're often amusing and do some interesting things with folklore.
06:38:44 PM May 26th 2010
Most likely, because his older works are regarded as being much better and these ones as a form of "author decay" done for the money.
05:12:17 PM Apr 3rd 2012
I think this is a case of vocal minority. The Night Watch series has outsold all of his previous books several times over, and even has some films based on it.
07:51:09 PM Feb 24th 2014
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He has a petty habit of including in his books little insulting bits and pieces about people that have had conflicts with him in real life or internet. He has rude and self-obsessed personality, likes to bicker with his opponents on the internet and insult them. Has an LJ blog, where everybody disagreeing with him quickly gets banned (or insulted and then banned). Except the Watches series (Дозоры) and a few other books, everything else written by him is mediocre or self-repeating or is simply a collection of stolen ideas from other writers (e.g. Strugatsky Brothers, S. King, N. Stephenson, R. Heinlein).

He is also trying to use his influence to restrict internet freedom on the Russian territory to block free online libraries which distribute his books on piratical or “pay what you want” basis. After the recent events in Ukraine, he had also declared that he’ll start using his influence to smother the distribution of some Ukrainian writers’ works on Russian territory if they dare trying to export to Russia.

I’d compare his situation with that of Orson Scott Card, but Card is so much more a good writer than him, that the comparison would be incorrect.

You can find more details on him here (Russian analogue of Encyclopedia Dramatica). Be warned though that Google translate will have difficulties with it because the website heavily uses internet slang.
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