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reviewed Road Ends: A Novel. July 30, 2014
Road Ends: A Novel
This family saga is both entertaining and thought provoking.      In part, it is the story of megan Cartwright, who is age 21 at the start of the story.  She's the eldest …
reviewed A Canadian Journalist: Mordecai Richler. August 12, 2013
THE ORINARILY ORDINARY and The Sadratu'l-Muntaha      Part 1:      Mordecai Richler(1931-2001)was a Canadian author, screenwriter and essayist. A leading Canadian …
Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound
This latest collection of speculative fiction stories and poems from Canada focuses on the subjects of culture and the arts.      A long-time rock music fan is looking for the ultimate …
reviewed The Beautiful Mystery. November 21, 2012
The Beautiful Mystery
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir are called to investigate a murdered body at a cloistered monastery.      The choir director has been murdered …
posted a Quick Tip about Bryan Adams. August 17, 2011
Bryan Adams
There are a ton of songs by Bryan Adams that I enjoy. Unfortunately, there are also a ton of his songs that I find sound alike.
reviewed The Cadillac Lounge. July 14, 2011
The Cadillac Lounge
      Everybody wants to have a neighborhood joint where they know your name. Someplace with a great atmosphere, superb staff that become like family, and of course, great food. …
reviewed Poutini's House of Poutine. June 27, 2011
Poutini's House of Poutine
        When I knew I was set for Toronto there was one word in my mind: poutine.   For the unenlightened: Poutine is a Canadian invention consisting of a layer …
posted a Quick Tip about Canadian Rockies. May 01, 2011
Canadian Rockies
Lake Morraine, Lake Louise, Lake Peyto, Columbia Icefield & Banff and all the nature's wonders are here. They can all be easily accessible from Calgary. A mere 2 hour drive. I've been here …
posted a Quick Tip about Niagara Falls. April 19, 2011
Went a couple of times to Niagara Falls when I was schooling & vacationing in Toronto. The most memorable trip? Right in the middle of winter. That was definitely a sight! Water in motion while part …
reviewed The River. January 10, 2011
The River
Del Hawthorne, professor of anthropology, is shocked beyond words when a man she thought long dead stumbles into her classroom, looking like he had escaped from a psych ward and repeating one of her father's …
posted a Quick Tip about Niagara Falls. December 26, 2010
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Niagara Falls can be magical in the winter when you spotted the water turned into ice and snow filled the entire area into an ice castle! Well, for one, you need to dress up for this occasion. Once is …
reviewed Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gam.... December 24, 2010
Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is recovering from injuries in a prior case, the specifics are not fully described as the story begins. He's currently spending time in Quebec City, where he's doing …
posted a Quick Tip about The Book of Negroes (Illustrated Edit.... December 18, 2010
The Book of Negroes (Illustrated Edition)
THE BOOK OF NEGROES gives today's readers the opportunity to savour a novel like Alex Haley's ROOTS and to experience the horror, shame and embarrassment of acknowledging that such abhorrent conduct towards …
reviewed Niagara Falls. December 09, 2010
Do you want to know the best way I have ever spent $2? A visit to Niagara Falls, NY for the first time ever!!!! $1 toll to cross the bridge there, $1 toll to cross the bridge on the way out. Niagara …
reviewed Some Great Thing. November 12, 2010
Some Great Thing
While not quite up to the level of his best-selling THE BOOK OF NEGROES, his debut novel, SOME GREAT THING is a perfect metaphor for the future of Lawrence Hill's writing. Just as Lawrence Hill was …
posted a Quick Tip about Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache.... October 10, 2010
Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Three
A debut mystery novel set in rural Quebec that can be characterized as roughly halfway between the cozy mysteries of Agatha Christie and the deeper, psychological much darker mysteries starring the likes …
Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Three
Louise Penny has done Canada truly proud with a debut mystery novel that can be characterized as roughly halfway between the cozy mysteries of Agatha Christie and the deeper, psychological much darker …
posted a Quick Tip about Cold Dark Matter: A Morgan O'Brien My.... October 03, 2010
Cold Dark Matter: A Morgan O'Brien Mystery
A unique Canadian mystery that will appeal to a wide variety of disparate demographics - geeks, science buffs, Canadians, 1950s history fans and mystery lovers in general. Not a great mystery but definitely …
Cold Dark Matter: A Morgan O'Brien Mystery
In a novel that will definitely appeal to those of us mystery lovers that lay rather fond, perhaps even snobbish, claim to the title of "geek", COLD DARK MATTER uses the Canada-France-Hawaii …
posted a Quick Tip about The Man Who Mapped the Arctic: The In.... September 22, 2010
The Man Who Mapped the Arctic: The Intrepid Life
There are VERY few authors who can write history with the panache of a page-turning thrilller. Peter Steele joins those ranks with the story of George Back, a little known participant in the development …
reviewed The Man Who Mapped the Arctic: The In.... September 11, 2010
The Man Who Mapped the Arctic: The Intrepid Life
It takes considerable flair and panache to write history in a way that makes it read like a novel and not very many authors have that ability. Canada's Pierre Berton has it! Dava Sobel and Simon Winchester …
reviewed Old City Hall: A Novel. August 15, 2010
Old City Hall: A Novel
... I believe it would be more accurate to describe this as a low key legal procedural or a mystery. A celebrated Canadian radio host, Kevin Brace, confesses to killing his wife in their Toronto apartment. …
posted a Quick Tip about Pierre Berton: Why We Act Like Canadians. July 25, 2010
Pierre Berton: Why We Act Like Canadians
An interesting and amusing read for those seeking to understand the nature of Canadian behaviour.
Pierre Berton: Why We Act Like Canadians
In a series of open letters to an American friend named Sam, (or to be more precise, "Uncle Sam" as a metaphorical representation of all of our friends south of our Canadian border), Pierre …
reviewed Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache.... May 25, 2010
Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Three
The fictional Three Pines is a tiny village south of Montreal, the creation of Canadian author Louise Penny. "Still Life" is the first offering in her Three Pines series, and in it we meet the villagers …
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