Category Archive: book review

Jul 28

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

I met Lesley Livingston, author of Wondrous Strange, at the AD Astra SF/ Fantasy conference in Toronto. She launched the book there and took place in a couple of interesting panel discussions. My favorite of these was a discussion of fight choreography and fencing. Livingston is a principal performer and founding member of the Tempest …

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May 11

The White Tiger

I just finished reading Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger. It is one of my favorite types of novel, a literary page-turner set in India with a unique voice and point-of-view. I recommend it highly and can see why it won the Man Booker Prize for 2008. Currently I’m reading the Watchmen graphic novel which is …

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Apr 13

Ages of Wonder — Czerneda & St. Martin

Now reading: Ages of Wonder , edited by Julie Czerneda and Rob St. Martin. This is one of a pile of books I brought back from Ad Astra. It will take me months to get through my stack of new SF novels, especially since I’m supposed to be writing. So far I’m really enjoying this …

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Apr 12

Fool — Christopher Moore

I have to recommend Christopher Moore’s Fool: A Novel. It’s a rollicking pastiche of Elizabethan and Pagan sensibilities, played for maximum sex and mayhem. I was impressed that an American who has not lived in England got the mix of Shakespearean and colloquial English right. Historically accurate language would get in the way of farce, …

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Aug 24

Seth Godin’s ‘Dip’

Seth Godin’s little book, The Dip, is all about achievement. He discusses it at his blog The Dip by Seth Godin. I read the occasional business book, not because I am an entrepreneur, but because I love to see how successful people think. This little book, full of common sense, is designed for those willing …

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Aug 15

I am America (And so can you!)

I recently finished reading Stephen Clarke’s Merde Happens and Stephen Colbert’s I Am America (And So Can You!), two humorous books that take an ironic look at American life by two men both called Stephen C. Conspiracy? I certainly think so. The thing about humour is it doesn’t change people’s minds. Nobody laughs at something …

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Aug 11

Vertige des Auteurs

I enjoyed Georges Flipo’s Le Vertige des auteurs. The anti-hero, Sylvain Vasseur, is a middle-aged functionary forced into early retirement. Vasseur has very simple tastes. Until the day of his retirement, he shows interest only in cycling, sex with his long-suffering wife, beer drinking and watching the Tour de France. At his retirement party, his …

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Aug 05

the continuity girl

I recently read and enjoyed Leah McLaren’s the continuity girl. It was my guilty pleasure while I was doing all that entertaining and writing to complete the JulNoWriMo Challenge (see previous posts). Meredith Moore is an obsessive film script supervisor, the person responsible for making sure the timeline of a movie visually matches in each …

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Jul 21

Stephanie Plum does the numbers

Last night we had a lovely party for my husband’s mother with cake, way too much food and, of course, chocolate. Today I am hoping the driving rain we had most of yesterday is over. The Swedish family is off to Canada’s Wonderland to ride roller coasters. I can’t attend because of a funeral. Although …

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