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Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large
liked it
Shatner rules. Yes, he does. And he's really very sure that George Takei really dislikes him, though he claims to not know why. You can hear the someh ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 24, 2012
Stone Mattress
really liked it
Sharp. It's a word that gets used a lot in association with Atwood. Not sure I can describe precisely how her writing is "sharp", but it is. The chara ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 11, 2014
The Love Monster
really liked it
Once again, I find a wonderful first-time novel. I should get paid for my radar.

Margaret H. Atwood (no, not that one) is in a rough patch. Her loveles
Aug 2012
Aug 12, 2012
All the Broken Things
really liked it
Bo lives in a rental house with his Mom, Rose, with sponsorship from a church and a group of people who helped them when they escaped VietNam after Ag ...more
Jul 2014
Aug 31, 2014
In the Skin of a Lion
it was amazing
Still my favourite Ondaatje.

Toronto. 1920s. Bloor Street Viaduct is being built, and the immigrants are the unseen forces of work and power.

Patrick L
not set
Apr 19, 2009
For Today I Am a Boy
really liked it
Another awesome debut novel.

Peter is the son that arrives at last in a family of daughters, the awaited "king" in his father's mind, as revealed in hi
Mar 2014
Mar 29, 2014
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
liked it
Having seen/heard Hadfield in person, I could hear his voice as I read his memoir.

This is a determined man, a humble man, an earnest man, a man with
Nov 2013
Dec 30, 2013
City of Ice
really liked it
Written before "River City" (which is actually a prequel to this one and getting a lot of buzz these days), Cinq-Mars has an Anglais partner not by ch ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 28, 2011
It Takes All Kinds
liked it
Local Bob Green writes his second "memoir", which is really a collection of anecdotes and vignettes of people and buildings no longer here. It's a hum ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 24, 2013
Company Town
really liked it
Go Jung-Hwa (or just Hwa) is a bodyguard for sex workers in the oil rig city off the coast of Newfoundland. She's also special - because she has no au ...more
Jun 2017
Jun 18, 2017
Stories about Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, and Others
really liked it
For an editor, Gibson is a pretty good storyteller. Who happens to have edited some of the biggest names in Canadian literature. He also seems to be a ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 28, 2012
River City
really liked it
I can't really improve on the dust jacket for this one - most Canadian mystery plot, evar:

On the night of the Rocket Richard Riot in 1955, the legenda
Jul 2011
Aug 01, 2011
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
really liked it
King uses humour and direct address to take on how to explain the First Nations/Native/Indigenous/"Indian" experience in white North America - how do ...more
Oct 2016
Dec 07, 2016
Canadian Pie
really liked it
Another great collection of essays (musings?)/articles from a 3-time Leacock winner. Ferguson is funny, sure, but he also has a great understanding of ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 04, 2011
The Blondes
it was ok
A breakout novel for a young writer whose last book was shortlisted for the Trillium Prize alongside Anne Michaels and Margaret Atwood, and whom the T ...more
Oct 2012
Dec 09, 2012
The Round House
really liked it
We all know Erdrich can write.

In 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota with her husband (a judge) and her son is brutally raped. Geral
May 2013
Jun 13, 2013
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination
liked it
Atwood doesn't set out to write a definitive anything about "science fiction" or "fantasy", as she says clearly in the introduction.

Instead, she give
Dec 2011
Jan 08, 2012
Light Lifting
really liked it
When your dad is a famous award-winning author, it must be damned hard to build your own stories and put them in print.

Alexander MacLeod's first colle
Jan 2012
Jan 28, 2012
A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)
liked it
Chief Inspector Gamache is called back to Three Pines for another murder - what the hell is wrong with this village?

Clara finally gets her own art sho
Apr 2012
May 05, 2012
No Relation
liked it
I have to say this one was a bit too saccharine at times and/or tried to hard to push the humour.

Earnest Hemmingway has the unfortunate luck of wantin
Jun 2014
Aug 08, 2014
Up and Down
really liked it
This time, Fallis takes on a world he's very familiar with: PR.

David Stewart starts his first day at Turner King - a big PR firm in Toronto by pissing
Sep 2012
Oct 19, 2012
Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow
liked it
Some big Canadian names in this collection of short stories meant to follow the near future into the plausible, the fantastic and the entertaining.

Feb 17, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
Bird Eat Bird
liked it
Good little collection of short stories. The opener kind of sets the tone - a pelican in a park toying with his food with an audience alternately agha ...more
Feb 2012
Mar 04, 2012
The Find
it was ok
As much as I liked "Alphabet", also by Page, I felt this one didn't quite hit the mark.

Anna is a paleontologist who discovers a new/important set of
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 24, 2010
Whirl Away
liked it
This one was short-listed for the Giller.

The stories focus on people at the point of centrifugal change - thus the whirling away.

Wangersky brings toge
Feb 2013
Feb 24, 2013
This Cake is for the Party: Stories
really liked it
Yet another good first book find (although she was on the Giller list, so not that hard to find her).

A solid collection of stories. Each one focuses i
May 2011
Jun 11, 2011
The Trouble with Canada ...Still!: A Citizen Speaks Out
liked it
Gairdner has a strong opinion about Canada.

Born out of collectivism and good government, there's a strong libertarian streak in the actual citizens o
May 2011
Jun 11, 2011
Generation A
it was ok
Hmmm. Unfortunately, this effort was a little hard to connect with a lot rehashed in terms of Coupland tropes and attitudes.

The story never really gra
Dec 24, 2009
Jan 17, 2010
Due Preparations for the Plague
it was ok
This was on my list "to read" for a while, so I was a bit disappointed that I didn't like it more.

The synopsis is that Lowell the main character, inhe
Jan 05, 2010
Jan 17, 2010
The Measure of Darkness
really liked it
The author is a neurologist, who can write pretty well.

Martin, a well-known architect wakes up from a coma. He has neglect but won't acknowledge it, a
Mar 2017
Mar 17, 2017
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