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Bedtime Story by Robert J. Wiersema (book review)

I’ve been meaning to read Bedtime Story since hearing the author, Robert J. Wiersema, at The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival in 2010 with Kathleen Winter and Emma Donoghue. Bedtime Story, tells two tales concurrently: the first of a recluse-writer and father, the second of the book his son becomes (literally) absorbed in. It was interesting to have a male’s perspective, as it is rare to have fatherhood on display in a novel. I loved the parallel between the characters in the book and Wiersema himself, who also has a son of a similar age and (of course) is Continue Reading »

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Celebrating Love in Literature with 49th Shelf

In celebration of Hallmark Day Valentine’s Day, 49th Shelf is crowd-sourcing a list of Books that Feel The Love. They write, “we are highlighting a list of books that celebrate love in whichever way you define it—hot, passionate, blinding love; heartbreaking, desperate, unrequited love; love that simply makes your heart beat a little faster.” Some obvious love stories come to mind such as the collection of short stories, Desire in Seven Voices by Lorna Crozier, but to me, I prefer more unconventional stories of love, bonding, and trust. Here are a few (with links to my reviews): Gargoyle by Andrew Continue Reading »

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Grayling Cross by Gayleen Froese (book review)

I received an ARC of this book, published earlier this year, and just rediscovered it in my shelf. I was easily absorbed into the world of Anna and Coleen, who have managed to become private investigators within Edmonton’s secret supernatural community. Unaware that this was the second book in a mystery series, I jumped in and floundered a bit to get my bearings on the characters and setting. Psychic Anna Gareau and public relations expert Collie Kostyna keep things quiet for local magicians and for their biggest client, an underground supernatural society known as the Embassy. In Grayling Cross, an Continue Reading »

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Far to Go by Alison Pick (book review)

Far to Go by Alison Pick absorbed me fully—smoothly pulling me further and further into its midst. I didn’t want to stop reading and I absorbed the book in less than a week (quite the feat as it was during term paper time). It is no surprise Far to Go was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Helen & Stan Vine Jewish Book Award. Yes, it takes place during the Holocaust, but it doesn’t leave you as depressed about humanity as other WWII fiction can. In 1939, Pavel and Anneliese Bauer are secular Jews whose lives are Continue Reading »

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PRICK: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist by Ashley Little (book review)

I’m not sure what initially drew me to this short novel (probably the tattoos), but I remember my friend/colleague (and author) Cathleen With was reading at the book launch last autumn at The FALL Tattoo & Piercing (side note: I’ve been pierced there and they’re great). PRICK is narrated by 21 year old Anthony “Ant” Young: an artist, an asshole, and an anti-hero. After fleeing a violent home life in Calgary, Ant moves to Victoria, BC, where he earns his tattooing apprenticeship under Hank the Tank, a founding member of the powerful Lucifer’s Choice motorcycle gang. Under Hank’s guidance, Ant Continue Reading »

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The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark: A Novel by Christopher Meades (book review)

I received this book from work shortly after it was published in 2010, and I can’t believe I waited until this summer to read it. Christopher Meades weaves a unique and interesting tale with Henrik Nordmark and his quest to become “interesting”. The first draft of Henrik Nordmark was shortlisted for the 2007 International 3-Day Novel Contest—which means that Meades wrote the entire novel over Labour Day weekend. With the 3-Day Novel contest, only the first place winner is published, so Meades (as he explains on his website) reworked the manuscript over the following year, “doubled its length and had Continue Reading »

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I ♡ Canadian Books

One of the things you may notice on my blog is that I read a lot of Canadian fiction. I am by no means an authority in the area, but I try to keep informed about local authors and Canadian writers. A new social networking site for books has come out of beta—The 49th Shelf.You don’t need an account to browse books, categories, lists, or authors. However, if you’d like to save lists, bookmark or tag books and authors you will need an account. Formerly Canadian Bookshelf, the post-beta name is “inspired by the 49th parallel, a defining geographical feature Continue Reading »

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Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway (book review)

I read Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway last semester for an English course focusing on First Nations fiction. I also wrote my term paper for the course on the novel, exploring how redemptive arts expression can be for emotional trauma. Unfortunately, I am finding it difficult to write a review for the blog having studied it so closely for class, my term paper, and the final exam. The official blurb from the publisher focuses more on the mysticism of the story and Cree culture. But I found the story to be enjoyable, linear, and compelling. Both brothers Continue Reading »

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