Crap, Crap, and More Crap

Well, I’m a full 2 books behind schedule and I seem to not be having any luck at all! After Nikolski I decided that I was going to reward myself with a nice easy read, so I picked up Robyn Carr’s ‘The Newcomer’ on sale at Kobo. I gave it 54 pages before I decided … Continue reading

Review: Nikolski

I am flummoxed, mystified, mildly frustrated after finishing Nicolas Dickner’s Nikolski. This is exactly how I felt after reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, and I don’t really like the feeling – like I’m missing something the rest of the world can see. But I also can’t escape the feeling that Dickner lead me … Continue reading

Review: The Firebird

I have been remiss. This review should actually have been written prior to the last, but The Fault in Our Stars caught and hooked me like a big trout, and I wrote the review immediately upon putting it down on the tear-soaked table in the Chicago airport cafeteria. That I was not compelled to write the … Continue reading

Review: The Fault in Our Stars

I think most bibliophiles are familiar with at least one book that has wrung them out completely, a sucker-punch to the gut, that leaves you feeling like a train-wreck. A book that touches our own experience so keenly that we can do nothing but plow through the story and feel the inexorable pull of the … Continue reading

Review: A House in the Sky

Well, I certainly can’t blame the weather for the fact that I’m behind in my reading! January has been blustery and frigid in a way that Toronto has not been in eons. And yet, I haven’t been able to curl up and hibernate this month – life has just been too busy! That being said, … Continue reading

Review: The Bone Season

At last, I have completed book one of my fifty book pledge. I’m nervous, as I’m already behind schedule. With 50 books to read, I have about 7 days to read each book, and only 14 days allowance. I will have to pick up the pace and earn some of that leeway back if I … Continue reading

I’ve never been one to be inspired by the urban landscape; it is the pastoral myth that has always called to my spirit. The calm of the outdoors cultivates in me a sense of peace and meditation in a manner that I find difficult to achieve during the helter skelter of the day-to-day. Tonight, the … Continue reading