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A Glittering Chaos
3.82
The adage about “what happens in Vegas” is funny precisely because we know it’s wishful thinking. A Glittering Chaos is about what happens when “what...more
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May 01, 2013
 
Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music, and the World in 1972
3.35
A GREAT book: I just finished reading the Dave Bidini book about Gordon Lightfoot...amazing! a good writer holds your attention by telling you stories...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.68
What women want or 'Fifty Shades' to please your lover (Part One)



After a few action-packed high-culture days in Toronto at the Canadian Creative Write...more
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May 17, 2012
 
The Erotic Engine: How Pornography has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google
3.23
i thought this book had a great idea, but it turned out to be an idea that might have been better suited to a magazine article. it became repetitive t...more
Jan 17, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
 
The Goodtime Girl
3.58
To my shame, I started reading Tess Fragoulis's new book, The Goodtime Girl, utterly ignorant of what Wikipedia calls 'The Great Fire of Smyrna or the...more
Jul 12, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
 
The Little Friend
3.39
Much of my reading time the past month has been devoted to the oeuvre of Donna Tartt. I was turned on to her work through my book club, which assigned...more
Aug 07, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
 
The Grapes of Wrath
3.87
i first read this book as a teenager (it was assigned in school,probably when i was in grades 10 or 11) and i remember being mystified by the climacti...more
Jun 09, 2011
May 08, 2011
 
Arrhythmia
3.90
please see my review here: http://www.thewinnipegreview.com/wp/2...

Reviewed by Beverly Akerman

Though set a mere decade ago, on the cusp of the new mil...more
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Nov 19, 2011
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
4.10
if you liked "like water for elephants," you'll love "the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society." a classic romance, wrapped in gossamer filam...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
 
Out of the Blue
4.16
This is part of my just published online review at The Rover:

http://roverarts.com/2012/09/laffaire...

Out of the Blue, by Jan Wong, published by Jan Wo...more
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Jul 19, 2012
 
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
3.61
since many reviewers have synopsized the book, i won't do that here, but will only explain how i felt about it.

first off, i didn't realize until after...more
Oct 24, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
 
Maidenhead
2.97
pointless exercise in racist, smutfilled degradation, made all the worse by its literary pretensions. quotes on slavery & dialectics used like ren...more
Jan 02, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
 
The Interestings
3.55
Similar to Franzen's (over rated, imho) Freedom, where birds were a motif, and the antagonist was named Katz. In The Interestings, the bad guy is name...more
May 28, 2014
May 10, 2014
 
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
3.34
Enjoyed this book, which made me want to re-read Everything is Illuminated, which also involves accents, Eastern Europe, and the Holocaust.

One thing I...more
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May 01, 2014
 
One Step Too Far
3.63
Yeah, it's a mystery, all right: the mystery is how this rubbish was ever published. And by Penguin, yet! I've heard of suspending disbelief, but this...more
Aug 12, 2014
Jul 31, 2014
 
Who Has Seen the Wind
3.77
it's been a long time--i read this in high school. but it was a real yawner. a classic...probably i shouldn't have even rated it, as i can hardly reme...more
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Jul 17, 2012
 
Midwives
3.93
well done sorta horror story about home birth. i had my 3rd child with midwives so...let's just say it's a bit sensational, and death rates of newborn...more
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Jul 17, 2012
 
Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum, #19)
3.81
Evanovich totally phones it in--and probably even plagiarizes her own work--in this sad retread of "Ten Big Ones," I believe it is.

Less Lula than usua...more
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Dec 31, 2012
 
The Goldfinch
3.91
Two hundred pages too long, and with a kernel that is impossible to swallow, The Goldfinch is still the work of a master storyteller. This is the firs...more
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Jul 11, 2014
 
Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur
3.61
kinder,gentler Richler, still with lots to say about politicians and sibling rivalry. if your child is named Jacob, so much the better! wonderful to r...more
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
 
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
3.59
i really shouldn't be rating it as i never finished it. but it's pretty well unreadable, so i think it deserves the single star.
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Jul 25, 2012
 
Mordecai: The Life & Times
4.08
see my review on The Rover: http://roverarts.com/2010/12/mordecai...
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Feb 05, 2011
 
The Remains of the Day
4.09
restrained masterpiece. a bit slow-moving for my taste.
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Jul 17, 2012
 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
4.21
don't remember all that well...must reread it!
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Mar 24, 2012
 
Cycling to Asylum
4.17
A remarkable debut. The first half, with its taut scenes of NYC in a dark future, features real tension.
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Jul 03, 2014
 
The Girls of Slender Means
3.67
reading for a new book club...i feel like the junior literary illiterate member...hope i don't disappoint. spark starts the story as if it's a fairyta...more
Oct 09, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
 
There Is No Other
4.26
on page 64: fantastic...!
Jul 07, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
 
Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul
3.96
Canada's John Steinbeck.



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Oct 14, 2012
 
The Power of Myth
4.28
gave up, 2/3 of the way through. too talky, in a way. kept wanting them to get to the point.
not set
Feb 11, 2011
 
Harperland: The Politics of Control
3.80
started before the election. didn't finish it. will do so some day (next election?)
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Jun 09, 2011
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