Category Archives: Canada

Consolation

Consolation by Michael Redhill 2006 / 466 pages rating: 8/ historical fiction >>>>NOTES (Spoilers and photos) >>>>  The book seems long but it reads quickly enough.  It’s basically an homage to the city and history of Toronto and an interesting … Continue reading

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A Tale for the Time Being x2

A Tale for the Time Being x2 by Ruth Ozeki  (Canada) 2013 / 422 pages read by Ruth Ozeki 14h 43m rating – 8 / fiction This is a re-read because although I read it for the Booker Group back … Continue reading

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Station Eleven

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 2014/ 352 pages read by Kristen Potter 10h 41m rating 8.5 / lit-sci-fi I got this in Kindle format when it was on sale,  but decided I’d really rather listen,  so that’s what I’m doing … Continue reading

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A Tale For the Time Being

A Tale For the Time Being by Ruth Oziki rating 8.5 / contemp. There are at least two interwoven stories involved in this tale. The first concerns Yasutani Nao, a 15-year old Japanese girl, partly raised in California, who writes … Continue reading

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Dear Life: Stories

Dear Life: Stories By Alice Munro 2012 / 336 pages rating: 8.5 / short stories Alice Munro is Alice Munro – her stories speak eloquently to the human condition and there are very, very few writers in the history of … Continue reading

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David and Goliath:

David and Goliath:  Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell 2013/ 320 pages rating: 7.5 / nonfiction – psychology I didn’t get along with this book terribly well until the last quarter or so.  I’ve read … Continue reading

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The Brutal Telling

The Brutal Telling (Det. Gamache #5) by Louise Penny 2009 / 386 pages read by Ralph Cosham 13h 12m rating – A Louise Penny writes such lush cozy mysteries – they have death but no gore.  Her Detective Armand Gamache is smart enough … Continue reading

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MaddAddam

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood  (Canada) 2013/ 418 pages read by Bernadette Dunne and 2 males 13h 23m rating:  7.5 / literary sci-fi (dystopian) I’ve been waiting for this one!  I read the first, Oryx and Crake(2003) as well as the second, … Continue reading

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River Thieves

River Thieves by Michael Crummey  (Canada) 2001/352 pages rating: 9 / historical fiction I read Michael Crummey’s more recent work,  Galore (2012), last year and thoroughly enjoyed it,  so when another group selected River Thieves, his first novel,   for discussion I was … Continue reading

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Anil’s Ghost

Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje 2000 / 303 pgs (Kindle) Rating:  8 I usually totally enjoy Michael Ondaatje‘s work – especially Divisadero and Cat’s Table, but The English Patient was also quite good.  Imo,  he seems to have been improving as he’s … Continue reading

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The Cruelest Month

The Cruelest Month (Det. Garmache #4) by Louise Penny 2008 / 320 pages Read by Ralph Cosham – 11h 46m Rating:   B+ Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of Three Pines in the Province of Quebec,  is called on to investigate death … Continue reading

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Galore

Galore by Michael Crummey 2009 / Kindle /  338 pages Raing – 9 Wow –  I just finished and I’m flabbergasted –  at a loss for words.  No,  it’s not a 10,  not even a  9.5 like Bring Up the … Continue reading

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