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Apr 09, 2014 01:34PM

40089 VWrulesChick wrote: "Yes, we have lost a bunch of local independent book stores here in Vancouver:

recently annouced - Oscar's Art and Book Store on Broadway, Book Warehouse in multiple locations closed down (although..."

Too bad the ferry is so expensive, we have lots of good independent book stores here in Victoria and Sidney. And next month is our annual Book Drive - 300,000 used books going for $3 for hard backs, $2 for trade paperbacks and $1 for regular paperbacks - the best deal in town!
Mar 29, 2014 11:41AM

40089 I enjoyed the book too. I am always curious if ladies feel that male authors portray their female characters correctly, and vice versa do female authors do a good job of male characters. Do authors do a better job sticking with their own gender or does it not matter as long as the author is a keen observer of people?
Feb 08, 2014 08:34AM

40089 I am about a quarter of the way through The Golem and the Jinni and really enjoying it. It is an interesting and slightly unusual tale.
Nov 09, 2013 08:48PM

40089 In honour of Remembrance Day this Friday I started Damned
Nov 09, 2013 08:46PM

40089 Elizabeth wrote: "Jennifer wrote: "welcome to your friday, everyone! how has your reading been this week?

last night, i finished reading our monthly group read, 419 by Will Ferguson..."

I am also a big fan of "Happiness", a hilarious satire.
Nov 08, 2013 10:01PM

40089 Just finished the book. If this was the Giller winner it must have been a pretty slow year. It started well, got hijacked by the Nnamdi story and then had to wrap things up with a contrived ending. Very disappointing.
Nov 07, 2013 11:23AM

40089 I enjoyed the first two parts with the alternating story lines, but now that I am on Fuel it seems like it's own little novella with a novel. I want to know what is happening with the other characters, not just Nnamdi.
Oct 10, 2013 10:41AM

40089 On 9/11 I'm not sure America "got what was coming to it", but if you poke a stick at a hornets nest often enough eventually you will get stung. I think part of why American's (and maybe Canadian's) view of war is that they always took place somewhere else. Our civilian populations get off rather well during our wars, unlike Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and many others.

Part of America fading as a superpower is just history repeating itself. As Ronald Wright pointed out in A Short History of Progress there have been lots of superpowers; Egypt, Greece, Rome. Spain and Britain the most obvious. All have risen and fallen - a natural cycle.

I just picked up another of Wright's books What is America?: A Short History of the New World Order. From this discussion I am even more excited to start reading it.
Sep 08, 2013 05:23PM

40089 Most of the way through Jarrettsville by Cornelia Nixon and really enjoying this love - murder - courtroom story set in post Civil War Maryland. Base on the author's family history. Now if I could just remember who recommended it to me so I could thank them!
Aug 22, 2013 05:54PM

40089 Candice wrote: "The main thing preventing me from using an e-reader is the ridiculous number of print books I already have sitting on my shelves needing to be read. If I ever get through them, I might convert. I..."

I totally agree. I currently have 220 odd books stacked up behind my computer. No need for e-books for a while.
Aug 21, 2013 02:12PM

40089 Last Book Drive I was lucky enought to pick up a copy of his The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard by Elmore Leonard for $2.00.
Aug 01, 2013 01:25PM

40089 To get well-read I think you would need to combine new book sales, downloads, used book sales and library use; then convert on a per capita basis. No matter how it is measured I am just happy that Canadians love to read!
Aug 01, 2013 11:08AM

40089 The title most-well-read city is a bit misleading. Just because Vancouver buys the most new books doesn't make them the most well read! Here in Victoria and Sidney we have more book stores per capita than most places in Canada. On top of that we have our humongous annual Book Drive sale. We just let Vancouverites buy the new ones then we pick them up cheaper when they are used. Must be all us frugal old folks on fixed incomes!
Jun 30, 2013 09:24PM

40089 Currently reading Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. It is sort of a blend of two of his other books, "High Fidelity" and "About A Boy". So far it is pretty good.
Apr 20, 2013 10:23AM

40089 At the moment I am part way through One Pair Of Feet; the biography of a student nurse in WW2. They not only have nursing duties but also cooking and cleaning. Of course it is all very formal. Their uniforms have to be just so. Can't go without collars and cuffs. The book also talks of their social lives, sneaking out at night to go to dances. A very interesting book (especially because I am married to a nurse). How things have changed!
Feb 28, 2013 07:59PM

Jan 05, 2013 09:53PM

40089 At the moment I am reading two books. Most of the time I am reading Mr. Shakespeare's Bastard, which I almost gave up on. It started slow and ordinary but once Mam went to London it got better. And if I wake up in the middle of the night I am reading Anne of Green Gables on my iPad.
Dec 16, 2012 07:57PM

40089 Kelly wrote: "I heard about it on the radio - a terrible tragedy. My thoughts are with the families and community.

Finished Timequake this week, I wasn't a big fan. It was my first Kurt Vonnegut book but it's ..."

Speaking of the shootings, last year I read Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting...and Beyond. I am sure I would be an angry, vengeful parent but it interesting to read about forgiveness too. A small part of me feels sorry for the shooter and why he would get to such a horrible mental state that he needed to commit such a terrible act.
Dec 16, 2012 07:51PM

40089 Friday I finished an old Hopalong Cassidy novel and have now started The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau.
Nov 25, 2012 06:30PM

40089 Jennifer wrote: "i heard a female author have a good rant recently about how many male writers don't or can't write female characters well. her position was we really are not that different at all and men should tr..."

Just finished "Little Bee". It is a 3 - 3.5 star. I really enjoyed the beginning and the ending but it got a bit off the mark part way through.. I really had problems with LB's involvement in Andrew's death - I found it contrived. Her insight into Lawrence and Sarah's relationship was a bit unbelievable. She was from a small village in Africa, straight to two years in detention, at only 16 where did she get her worldliness? And I found Lawrence jumping into Andrew's barely cool bed a bit unbelievable too. My favorite character was Yevette. I would love to meet her!!!
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