Book Review: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

You know how, as you get older, you begin to realize that your family is maybe not so normal? That all the things they do that you thought were average, might actually be a little crazy? That's what's happening to Matty Telemachus. Sure, Matty's always known his family is unique. Not many families once travelled… Continue reading Book Review: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

What I Read – May 2017

Silence - Shusaku Endo (Picador Classic, 2015) translated from the Japanese by William Johnston But Christ did not die for the good and beautiful. It is easy enough to die for the good and beautiful; the hard thing is to die for the miserable and corrupt - this is the realization that came home to… Continue reading What I Read – May 2017

What I Read – December 2016

Check back tomorrow for my complete 2016 reading list, including the highlights of my reading year. (If you're into that kind of thing.) The Bellman - Heidi Barnes (Vireo Rare Bird Books, 2016) The Wonder - Emma Donoghue (Harper Collins, 2016) The Fox at the Manger - P.L. Travers (Virago Modern Classics, 2015) The Death… Continue reading What I Read – December 2016

Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I'm very low-key about my hair. I get it cut maybe twice a year. I don't colour it and I rarely use product in it. I go to the drug store and I buy whatever shampoo and conditioner is on sale. I've never given much thought to the privilege this represents. There is an eye-opening… Continue reading Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Book Review – Jack Maggs by Peter Carey

If I say "Dickensian London" the English reader generally knows what I mean. Industry, soot, fog, poverty. Children working dangerous jobs for little pay. Jack Maggs has just arrived back in London after what was supposed to be a life sentence to Australia. When the man he desperately seeks, Henry Phipps, is nowhere to be… Continue reading Book Review – Jack Maggs by Peter Carey

What I Read – October 2015

The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney (Penguin Canada, 2006) Read my review here. The Bone Sharps - Tim Bowling (Gaspereau Press, 2007) Read my review here. Remembrance - Alistair MacLeod (McClelland & Stewart, 2012) The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes (Vintage Canada, 2012) Beatrice & Virgil - Yann Martel (Alfred A. Knopf… Continue reading What I Read – October 2015

What I Read – June 2015

Requiem for a Nun - William Faulkner (Penguin, 1961) Aside from As I Lay Dying, I haven't read much Faulkner so I can't say whether or not this book is typical of his style. The format is definitely unique. The action of the story is a play, centred around the death of a child and… Continue reading What I Read – June 2015