A Disappointing Read in Stephen Kelman’s “Pigeon English”

It’s always a disappointment to pick up that novel you’ve been excited to read for ages only to have it not live up to those high hopes you had for it. This was my experience with Stephen Kelman’s “Pigeon English.” What drew me initially to buy this book was it’s bright orange and yellow coverContinue reading “A Disappointing Read in Stephen Kelman’s “Pigeon English””

Joseph Boyden’s “The Orenda”

Since I read “Three Day Road” a few years ago, I’ve come to expect wonderful things from the hand of Joseph Boyden. “The Orenda” is proof that he has produced yet another masterpiece. I read this novel faster than I’ve read any other novel in a very long time. I have this thing where whenContinue reading “Joseph Boyden’s “The Orenda””

Beautiful Artwork in Isabel Greenberg’s “The Encyclopedia of Early Earth”

The best thing about Isabel Greenberg’s “The Encyclopedia of Early Earth” is the beautiful artwork that fills this graphic novel. Using a mix of ink and watercolour, Greenberg’s artistic touch bring this book alive. It is not filled with vibrant colours, however the watercolours bring life to the vast seas, the bright fires, and theContinue reading “Beautiful Artwork in Isabel Greenberg’s “The Encyclopedia of Early Earth””

So Goes “Slaughterhouse-Five”

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five,” but opening up this novel is like putting on my favourite pair of jeans. I don’t have too much to say about Vonnegut’s novel other than no matter how many times I read it, I enjoy it more than the previous time.  I feelContinue reading “So Goes “Slaughterhouse-Five””

“Lullabies for Little Criminals” Sings a Sad Song

I finished Heather O’Neill’s “Lullabies for Little Criminals” about fifteen minutes ago and this tragic and beautiful work of prose is one of the best things that I’ve read in a long time. This raw account of a twelve year old girl, trapped in that place between childhood and adulthood, is gut-wrenching and brutally honest.Continue reading ““Lullabies for Little Criminals” Sings a Sad Song”

“One Hundred Years of Solitude”

With the busyness of life, it’s been a while since I’ve read a novel much more than 300 pages. My attention span hardly lasts longer than that most days. I think this is why I struggled to complete Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” But this book caught my attention with its intriguingContinue reading ““One Hundred Years of Solitude””

Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front”

I recently finished reading “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque. Although I am not normally a huge fan of war novels, this WWI story took my breath away. This narrative is both stunning and terrible and unhindered, lays out the realities of war. My generation is far removed from war. WeContinue reading “Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front””

A Great Read to Kick off the Holidays

I was immediately drawn into V. S. Naipaul’s Half a Life. Naipaul’s narrative style is smooth and comforting. It sucked me into the story from page one and it’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a book with an author that has the same skill. This book was most DEFINITELY needed at this timeContinue reading “A Great Read to Kick off the Holidays”

Ender’s Game

I only picked up this novel because a close friend of my recommended it to me. I have a soft spot in my heart for YA fiction, so I couldn’t say no. Of course not. Diving into Orson Scott Card’s pages was a good decision, but like any good thing, it was over too soon.Continue reading “Ender’s Game”

Jazz Time in “Half Blood Blues”

This week’s book was Esi Edugyan’s “Half Blood Blues.” I remember buying this book months ago, drawn to the cover like a fly to honey. Yes, I’ll admit it loud and proud, I choose all my books based on the cover. There’s something about good cover art that makes you want to stick your noseContinue reading “Jazz Time in “Half Blood Blues””