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Zen and Now: On the trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Zen and Now: On the trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
by Mark Richardson
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Motorcyclist's Perspective on an Iconic Book, May 6 2009
Richardson has written a remarkably thought provoking and engaging account of his re-tracing of Pirsig's famous cross country trek with his son and another couple.
He intertwines that story with his own, and also tells the back-story of the real characters in the book, the places and the people who live there now.
Timed to coincide with the anniversary of Pirsig's book and reflecting on its impact, Richardson has hit the mark (pun intended).
Highly recommended summer reading.

Motorcycle Journeys Through the Rocky Mountains
Motorcycle Journeys Through the Rocky Mountains
by Toby Ballentine
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 25.09
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Leave Home Without It, March 2 2008
For those familiar with the Whitehorse Press series, this one fills in a long needed gap. The books on New England and the Southwest have been around for years, and are on the bookshelves of many motorcycle tourers. Ballentine is obviously well-travelled through the Rockies. He has excellent suggestions for itineraries, stopovers, and roads which must be ridden. If you are considering a trip in this region (and if you aren't, you should be), this book is well worth it.

Exit Music.
Exit Music.
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for mature fans of mystery, Dec 30 2007
This review is from: Exit Music. (Paperback)
A intricately plotted, meticulously written book which has hanging over it and ends with D.I. Rebus' imposed retirement. Introspective for both the protagonist and the reader, as we reflect on our own lives and careers, the battles with office hierarchy, and the shadows of long-standing enemies.
Superb for its genre, and for any novel, by any standard.

The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel: Tips, Technology, Advanced Techniques
The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel: Tips, Technology, Advanced Techniques
by Dale Coyner
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 26.39
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Reference for Your Motorcycle Bookshelf, Nov. 14 2007
Coyner has written an invaluable book for the motorcycle traveller, whether new to the subject, or with years of experience. There's something here for everyone, from clothing to gear to trailers or GPS. A definite must-have if you're not just a bar-hopper.

Motorcycle Therapy: A Canadian Adventure in Central America
Motorcycle Therapy: A Canadian Adventure in Central America
by Jeremy Kroeker
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Close, but no cigar, Nov. 14 2007
Overall, this book was entertaining but disappointing. The premise -- a young Canadian man loses his girlfriend, buys a used Kawasaki 650 dual-sport motorcycle, and with an acquaintance he has little in common with, rides to Central America.
If anything, it's a good rationalisation if you want a reason to discourage you from taking this trip, with multiple border crossings, each designed to rip off the tourist and make life a bureaucratic and corrupt nightmare. It's a lesson in why the only true test of friendship is to travel with someone in demanding circumstances, as the author and his travelling companion are a mismatched pair.
Some of the incidents and events are funny, some are tiresome. I could develop little empathy for the author or his adventues, even though the events described are not fiction.
The model for this type of "road book" is Ted Simon's Jupiters Travels, which recounted his trip around the world, and gave an insight into the countries visited and the author's troubled personality. Kroeker tries hard and is sincere, but it falls short of the mark to be a memorable book.
This is a book that will appeal to motorcycle travellers, but we will read anything we can get our hands on.

Saturday
Saturday
by Ian McEwan
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable, Memorable and Beyond Category, Sept. 18 2007
This review is from: Saturday (Paperback)
There are few novelists today who can write transformative fiction. McEwan is one of them.
This is a story well suited for its middle aged readership, exploring the joys and fears of life at the beginning of the 21st century. McEwan writes prose that simply stops you in your tracks with his insights, making you re-read a paragraph just to taste it again. A book like this reminds me of a fine vintage wine, with an aftertaste which will linger for quite some time. Definitely worth reading.

The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel
The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel
by Michael Chabon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.11
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine Sitka Alaska as Tel Aviv?, July 9 2007
This is simply too good a book to capture or appreciate in a review. It's written on so many levels: police mystery, political and religious intrigue, human interest, alternative history, astonishing dialogue.
One thing for sure -- it's not what you'd expect.
A superbly entertaining read that I, for one, will want to read again.

Motorcycle Journeys Through Texas
Motorcycle Journeys Through Texas
by Neal Davis
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Having a Friend in Texas, Jan. 26 2007
All of the Whitehorse Press guidebooks are worth it, and this one is no exception. Like the usual format, it lists a variety of motorcycle tours in all corners of the state, with suggestions on itineraries and places to visit. My favorite: Big Bend - motorcycle nirvana on the Rio Grande. Definitely worth it if your travelling to or through the Lone Star state.

Mission Song
Mission Song
by John le Carre
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Le Carre Stll Firing On All Cylinders, Dec 3 2006
This review is from: Mission Song (Hardcover)
If you like Le Carre, and have enjoyed the evolution of his novels and his message, then you will not want to miss this one. First rate.

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but Aggravating, Sept. 15 2006
This review is from: Cloud Atlas (Paperback)
This book is incredibly original and inventive, with sub-plots and stories weaving into each other, but also infuriating to follow in any linear sense. Not for the impatient, but rewarding and probably a book I'll enjoy better the second time around.

Certainly worth buying.

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