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Until the Night (John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery, #6)
3.96
it was amazing
A Masterful Canadian Mystery that doesn't apologize for the fact. John Cardinal discovers a serial murderer with cause. The high Arctic background sto ...more
Aug 24, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
The Deception of Livvy Higgs
3.74
really liked it
This compelling and tragic story is told by 80-year-old Livvy Higgs. Current health issues evoke long-dormant memories for the woman living in Halifax ...more
Jan 22, 2018
Jan 15, 2018
 
Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now
4.16
it was amazing
I read Infidel and had my eyes opened at the inside view of a girl growing up in Islam in different parts of the world. I read Nomad and was riveted b ...more
Apr 26, 2015
Apr 23, 2015
 
The Orenda
4.24
it was amazing
This is a creation story. It is about the roots of our country, our society and the forces that battled for supremacy. I found it simple, yet profound ...more
Sep 26, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
 
A Climate of Fear
3.92
it was amazing
This has got to be one of my very favourite mystery series. Above all else it is original. There is no way that Fred Vargas' characters can be confuse ...more
Feb 02, 2017
Jan 29, 2017
 
Blood Salt Water (Alex Morrow, #5)
3.66
it was amazing
Nobody writes a better mystery than Denise Mina. Her villains are complex and nuanced and not so very different than the police investigating their cr ...more
Oct 27, 2015
Oct 27, 2015
 
Black Dance
3.47
it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow!

Slow to get in step with this novel, once I caught it's rhythm, I couldn't resist the heart-echoing beat.

The story gradually reveals th
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Sep 29, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
 
Carry Me
3.75
it was amazing
This novel carried me to places and times I had never been before. It jumps from prior to World War I and carries on until prior to World War II. Tim ...more
Jul 12, 2016
Jul 12, 2016
 
Biblical
3.75
really liked it
An exciting apocalyptic thriller by a master storyteller, Biblical captured my mind just as was happening to people around the globe. After reading a ...more
Mar 09, 2015
Mar 01, 2015
 
And the Birds Rained Down
3.98
it was amazing
I'm so happy that this book came to my attention through Canada Reads. I loved Ru, the book that won, but this too is a worthy contender.

It is the mar
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Jul 07, 2015
Jun 28, 2015
 
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
3.92
it was amazing
Monumental!

This sweeping multi-generational saga surpasses anything I have read in some time. Harrowing daily lives in Communist China contrast sharpl
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Feb 13, 2017
Nov 09, 2016
 
About Grace
3.43
it was amazing
This mesmerizing story is graced with recurring themes of nature, memory and family. The characters breathe.

From childhood David Winkler suffers premo
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Mar 13, 2017
Mar 09, 2017
 
Sweetland
3.88
it was amazing
This book may spoil me for any other. Usually when I finish one book, I immediately pick up another, but I'm loathe to break the spell of Sweetland.

Mo
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Feb 21, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
 
The Cartographer of No Man's Land
3.72
it was amazing
This tale of the Great War is lyrical, lovely and still suitably horrifying. Unbelievable that this is the first novel by P.S. Duffy.

Her sure hand b
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Feb 04, 2016
Jan 30, 2016
 
The Children Act
3.68
it was amazing
Rattled by an out-of-character declaration from her husband, Fiona seeks solace in work. She is a High Court judge and her work is important. The deta ...more
Nov 08, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
 
Stoner
4.28
it was amazing
Now is know what a novel is.

This lyrically-written story of one man's life is both deceptively simple and utterly enthralling.

John Williams (an author
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May 30, 2014
May 26, 2014
 
Jack Maggs
3.68
it was amazing
An engrossing old-fashioned story about a stranger with a mysterious past arriving in London in the 1800s. Jack Maggs lives an adventure, with twistin ...more
Nov 17, 2014
Nov 08, 2014
 
Underground: A Novel
3.76
really liked it
This historical novel combines romance, politics and partisan war in a way that brings to light a little-known chapter in Lithuania. The Partisan move ...more
Dec 09, 2014
Dec 03, 2014
 
Interpreter of Maladies
4.13
it was amazing
Worthy winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize -- this is hands down the best collection of short stories I have every delved into.

Each one is a jewel with
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Sep 20, 2016
Sep 20, 2016
 
Elephant Winter
3.47
it was amazing
"If you choose to live with elephants you've chosen to live enthralled."

This book enthralled me. I slowed my reading, but it still ended before I want
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Apr 06, 2016
Apr 04, 2016
 
Sanctuary Line
3.46
really liked it
Wonderful story populated by many stories.

The main tale is about the Butler family farm and who it was a childhood sanctuary every summer when Liz was
...more
Sep 20, 2016
Sep 13, 2016
 
The Opposite of Everyone
3.90
it was amazing
OMG!!! I loved this story.

Wasn't smitten early on, but it built and built into passages that I went back and reread because they were so beautiful.

Pau
...more
May 17, 2016
May 14, 2016
 
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
3.08
really liked it
Definitely one of a kind.

I'm still not sure about the title's significance, but New York city dentist Paul O'Rourke is a quirky, engaging, annoying ch
...more
Oct 26, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
 
Ancient Light
3.59
it was amazing
Banville's prose leave me in awe. He had me with the first two lines:

Billy Gray was my best friend and I fell in love with his mother. Love may be too
...more
Sep 08, 2015
Sep 03, 2015
 
The Art of Racing in the Rain
4.20
really liked it
Remembered hearing about this book and actually picked it up because the dog on the cover looks like my "granddog Daisy."

Wasn't sure at first about a
...more
Sep 13, 2016
Sep 13, 2016
 
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
3.38
really liked it
This novel combines elements of every story I have ever read and then amps it up to hyper speed.

In the near future after a storm strikes New York City
...more
Jan 06, 2016
Dec 27, 2015
 
Travels with Farley
3.63
really liked it
A supremely readable memoir about Claire Mowat's travels with Canadian icon Farley Mowat starting in 1969. TheMagdalen Islands are much featured as th ...more
Sep 24, 2017
Sep 24, 2017
 
The Book of Speculation
3.59
really liked it
This is a family story like no other. The main character is a young librarian whose life is marked by misfortune. His family has been torn apart, his ...more
Sep 21, 2015
Sep 16, 2015
 
No Great Mischief
4.02
it was amazing
Came across this book and decided to reread it and see if I still loved it. I do. A/the Great Canadian Novel by the late Alistair MacLeod.

This saga o
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Sep 21, 2015
Sep 10, 2015
 
News of the World
4.10
it was amazing
LOVED IT!

This novel took me to Texas following the U.S. Civil War. I met and fell in love with Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd who drifts through frontier
...more
Oct 23, 2016
Oct 05, 2016
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