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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.66
really liked it
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
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not set
May 17, 2012
 
Maidenhead
2.99
did not like it
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
 
Us Conductors
3.68
really liked it
An extremely accomplished (first!!) novel that imagines, in exquisite detail, the lives of historical figures. Lev Termen was clearly a genius to whom ...more
Nov 19, 2014
Nov 13, 2014
 
Extraordinary
3.44
liked it
Before Suicide: Thoughts on David Gilmour's EXTRAORDINARY


David Gilmour has to be the clearest writer I've read in a long time. In fact, EXTRAORDINARY
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Nov 12, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
 
The Grapes of Wrath
3.93
it was amazing
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
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.31
liked it
**spoiler alert** I think part of my problem may be that I've read a few too many WWII novels the past few months (The Invisible Bridge, I was the chi ...more
Oct 12, 2015
Jan 09, 2015
 
Descent
3.59
liked it
I received this as an ARC via Librarything.

A well written but strange book. I'm struggling with 4 stars vs. 3 stars. A sort of PG-13 version of the lo
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Dec 2014
Dec 24, 2014
 
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)
3.89
it was ok
A pastiche of other books you may have known and loved, like Forrest Gump, The memory of running, The Memory of Running and those pilgrimage books (e. ...more
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
 
City on Fire
3.41
When I passed page 300 of this book, I really had to ask myself if I was enjoying it enough to continue on for another 500 or so. The answer was no. S ...more
Nov 10, 2016
Oct 31, 2016
 
One Step Too Far
3.54
did not like it
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
 
When Everything Feels Like the Movies
3.46
really liked it
This was definitely one of my best reads of 2015 (so far). A vivid, riveting, character in Jude. You do want to shake him: he is out of control and of ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
 
Cruel Beautiful World
3.82
it was ok
I guess I expected a novel for adults...but until about the last quarter of the book, it felt YA.
Jan 30, 2017
Feb 06, 2017
 
Little Failure
3.63
really liked it
This is one of those books that are supposedly memoir...but I find that hard to believe, especially the last act, back in the USSR (as those moptops o ...more
Dec 17, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
 
A Glittering Chaos
3.93
really liked it
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
not set
May 01, 2013
 
Ragged Company
4.24
liked it
I found this book simplistic, didactic, moralistic...peopled by clichés. I was finally able to distinguish Digger and Timber, but it took me much of t ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2014
 
The Invisible Bridge
4.19
liked it
As a feat of family storytelling, this book deserves four stars. And as a story of WWII from the Hungarian Jewish perspective, it is even important. B ...more
Aug 31, 2015
Nov 29, 2012
 
The Book of Faith
3.88
really liked it
Montreal writer Elaine Kalman Naves's first novel, much anticipated and worth the wait! Brava!

Warm-hearted, a bit slow to start, a bissel didactic on
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Oct 13, 2015
Sep 19, 2015
 
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
3.32
liked it
I've not yet seen any of Lena Dunham's work, which makes it perhaps my mistake to have read this book before watching her show. However, you won't rea ...more
Dec 2014
Jan 01, 2015
 
Saints of New York
3.80
really liked it
A perfect detective/crime novel. Emotional depth, believable sophistication. I will certainly look for others by this author.
Feb 06, 2016
Feb 10, 2016
 
Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music, and the World in 1972
3.32
it was amazing
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
 
Six Plays: The Children's Hour / Days to Come / The Little Foxes / Watch on the Rhine / Another Part of the Forest / The Autumn Garden
4.14
[this isn't the exact edition i'm reading...mine is hard cover and called 'the collected plays' and contains 2 others, adaptations from French plays]

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Jun 07, 2015
Jun 21, 2012
 
The Erotic Engine: How Pornography has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google
3.34
liked it
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 Goldfinch
3.88
liked it
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
Jan 2014
Jul 11, 2014
 
A People's History of the United States
4.07
it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read. I realize it's a sorta marxist version of history, but it makes me more determined than ever: we need government ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 19, 2014
 
Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones, #3)
3.33
really liked it
Written in response to Kate Hilton's review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

**spoiler alert**

I bought this book in the airport as I was about
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Feb 02, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
 
The Little Friend
3.44
liked it
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 Goodtime Girl
3.62
really liked it
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
 
Arrhythmia
4.14
it was ok
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
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not set
Nov 19, 2011
 
Cycling to Asylum
4.14
liked it
A remarkable debut. The first half, with its taut scenes of NYC in a dark future, features real tension.
not set
Jul 03, 2014
 
The Remains of the Day
4.10
really liked it
restrained masterpiece. a bit slow-moving for my taste.
not set
Jul 17, 2012
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