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Review: We’re All in This Together

We’re All in This Together by Amy Jones

Amy Jones takes family drama to a whole new level with We’re All in This Together. The synopsis is short and sweet, but oh so intriguing: A woman goes over a waterfall; a video goes viral; a family goes into meltdown; welcome to the Parker family. Read more…

Quick Thought Reviews: Graphic Novels (4)

This addition to Quick Thought Reviews: Graphic Novels took me a little longer to finish but it ended with a bang in my finally finding Joe the Barbarian!! Read more…

Quick Thought Reviews: Graphic Novels (3)

Another set of Graphic Novels have been completed! Most of these were because of the graphic novel group in which I participate. I don’t think I would have heard of them without them being the monthly picks! Read more…

Review: Bear

Bear by Marian Engel

Or, Who Wants to Talk About Bear Sex?

Oh Canada. Book-wise, I tend to stay away from Canadian authors. I’ve read a few (Atwood in particular), but they just don’t often work for me. Discussing this with a coworker, she made a perfect analogy: Canadian authors are like a train. They are good stories that seem to be chugging along a perfectly solid path, and then suddenly, they completely veer off track! This is a perfect introduction to Bear by Marian Engel. Read more…

I’ll Give it a Shot

1525016_10153392818664834_1809960859506695427_nAlright, I admittedly don’t read a lot of Canadian authors. Every once in a while one peaks my interest. Of course, this time, it has to be possibly the craziest book. Touted to be the best Canadian book of all time, see this post, Atwood also states it’s ‘as plausible as kitchens’, see picture above. I’ll give it a shot. Be prepared, this one is definitely getting a review no matter what.

Review: The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

We’ve all done it, or at least I hope we have: a bump is heard somewhere in the house and suddenly we are expecting a strange individual to attack us. Or maybe he/she is hiding and waiting. All that matters is that all the lights are now on in the house, and we’ve maybe taken the broom out of the closet as a potential weapon; all of this in broad daylight.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s novel, The Devil You Know, focuses on fear and obsession. It is also an amazing analysis on how the mind can take that fear and make it fester and grow until it becomes uncontrollable. Read more…

Reading Retrospective 2014

Well, apparently 2014 wasn’t a particular strong year for reading total; to say the least, it was a crazy busy year with major changes and new beginnings. Without realizing it though, it seemed the year of M/M novels, with 32 books falling within that genre; over half of my total books read. My greatest find was Westwind by Ian Rankin, making me squee not only because it was a rare out of print find, but because it officially allowed me to complete all of his novels published at the time. Another semi-happy but semi-sad squee (do those even exist!?) was the penultimate Ty and Zane novel by Abigail Roux; I loved it so much, that I had to read it back-to-back. And then don’t even get me started (or maybe do?) on the first full-length novel for Nick and Kelly; I will forever be an Abigail Roux fan. I read some really weird things; books that actually made me gag and skip sections because it went WAY past my comfort zone (of which I didn’t know that I had one). Of course, there were flops and of course there were amazing reads. As always, take a look at the list. I hope a few peak your interest like they did mine. Read more…

The Best Canadian Novel. OF ALL TIME.

I admittedly do not read a lot of Canadian authors. Just don’t seem to click with the stories being told … I, strangely enough, had already heard of this novel. The best Canadian book of all time, ladies and gentlemen, is hopefully more than what meets the eye; because what it is on its face, is an erotic tale between a 27-year-old woman, and … a bear.

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2014/12/08/marian-engels-bear-reviewed-the-best-canadian-novel-of-all-time/

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Review: The Troop

The Troop by Nick Cutter

The Troop boasts the blurb on the front cover from the master of horror, himself (Stephen King if you don’t know), that it ‘scared the hell out of me.’ The back cover describes it as a mixture of Lord of the Flies (which I have not read) and 28 Days Later (which terrified me). As I’m sure you know from other reviews, I don’t do well with horror; they either aren’t scary enough for me, or they keep me awake for weeks because of nightmares. To be honest, Dean Koontz gives me nightmares and I have never actually finished any of his novels; I’ve tried to read two. So the question is: Why the hell did I want to read this!? Read more…