Book Review: Original Prin by Randy Boyagoda

Original Prin - Randy Boyagoda (Biblioasis, 2018) Satire is hard to pull off. Especially when that satire involves cancer, acts of terror, and religion. I'm not convinced that Original Prin pulls it off, though there are some interesting turns along the way. The novel starts strong on New Year's Day. Prin and his wife, Molly,… Continue reading Book Review: Original Prin by Randy Boyagoda

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Book Review: Dissident Doctor by Michael C. Klein

Dissident Doctor - Michael C. Klein (Douglas & McIntyre, 2018) Like me, you might not recognize Michael Klein's name. You might better know his daughter, Naomi. But as I read Dissident Doctor I came to understand just how Klein has influenced my own life. Klein details his decades of medical experience, his career as a… Continue reading Book Review: Dissident Doctor by Michael C. Klein

Book Review: Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji

Shut Up You're Pretty - Téa Mutonji (VS. Books, 2019) This book isn't quite a short story collection and it isn't quite a novel. It's a collection of short stories all about one character that moves forward linearly from her chidhood to her young womanhood. (Except for one story which is from the perspective of… Continue reading Book Review: Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji

Book Review: The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

Can you make an immoral choice and still be a moral, good person? This is the question explored in John Steinbeck's final novel. It's been a while since I read either Steinbeck's previous and more famous works but The Winter of our Discontent strikes me as quite different than his other novels. Not just because… Continue reading Book Review: The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

Book Review: Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp

Moccasin Square Gardens - Richard Van Camp (Douglas & McIntyre, 2019) The words that come to mind when I think about this collection of short stories are "delightfully weird". Aliens, small towns, Indigenous politics, and aliens. I really don't know what to compare this to because I don't think I've ever read a collection quite… Continue reading Book Review: Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp

Book Review: Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa

Death is Hard Work - Khaled Khalifa (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019) When Bolbol's father dies his final request is to be buried with his sister in their hometown. The town is located a couple of hours drive away from where Bolbol lives (and where his father died). No big deal, right? Except what if… Continue reading Book Review: Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa