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Three Souls
Three Souls
by Janie Chang
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.43
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, thrilling and unsettling., Feb. 13 2014
This review is from: Three Souls (Paperback)
Janie Chang has written the most compelling book I've read in the past year. The setting and descriptions are so powerful, this is a truly immersive read. Tie this with intriguing characters and wonderfully twisting plot lines and you have a book that will keep you up late into the night.

Weaving Threads: Travels on the Silk Road
Weaving Threads: Travels on the Silk Road
by Nancy M. Hayes
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 21.10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weaving Threads is a testimony to how an experience is never finite, complete or wholly one's own, July 27 2013
Nancy Hayes has a talent for taking the subtle movements of time and drawing them meaningfully together. Weaving Threads is partly a travel book, partly a memoir and mostly a wonderful story of traveling the Silk Road, in pieces, over decades. The challenge of such a book is teasing out a grander theme from experiences over a huge geographic area as well as over a span of time and Nancy succeeds admirably. This is a wonderful investigation of time, place and thought and how all three work together to create an experience. It is also a testimony to how an experience is never finite, complete or wholly one's own.

Durham County: The Complete Third Season
Durham County: The Complete Third Season
DVD ~ Hugh Dillon
Price: CDN$ 11.98
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big fan lost., May 20 2013
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I am a big fan of seasons one and two. In my opinion, you couldn't find a grittier, more twisted yet engrossing series than this. Even better, looking at the stories, those seasons shouldn't have worked, but they did. It really got under your skin. In season three, this tightrope walk goes awry and leaves a bit of a tiresome mess. I think the main reasons are, the story goes from tight, internal, psychological drama to cliche cop drama. The storyline is stretched thin to the point of being absurd (the daughter's foray into the police world breaks even the hardiest suspension of disbelief, the treatment of the main storyline is heavy handed and clumsy) and where the first two seasons found tension in and between some amazing characters, that is thrown away for cheap gore and torture porn antics.

I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams
I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams
by Mark Dery
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 28.24
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, argumentative, confrontational and over the top fun of the lit-geek variety, May 20 2013
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Because....
- Mark Dery is obviously having fun with the language and content and it is contagious.
- I agree with most of his assertions, which makes us both right.
- The span of topics is insightful, off-kilter and amusing... Hal the computer may be gay... A literary critique of suicide notes... and on and on.
- Even at his most self-masterbatory (playing the unapologetic vocabularian in the final essay), you can tell he's getting his kicks and it's funny.
- Bold, argumentative, confrontational and over the top fun of the lit-geek variety.

Building Stories
Building Stories
by Chris Ware
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 34.48
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully produced on the outside, but..., May 20 2013
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This review is from: Building Stories (Hardcover)
Initially, I was quite taken this series of fragmented life stories and the unique way they are presented. The art work is engrossing, the production is amazing and the story lines start off in an intriguing manner. I read this entire project in one sitting which may temper this next comment, after a while, the once endearing characters become frustratingly neurotic and self-centered to the point it is hard to care for any them. Every character (except the cat) winds up crippled with indecision and over-analysis of decisions made. Even the florist has anxiety that the flowers feel pain when their stems are trimmed, as an example. By the end, the inspection of every thought, action and word is just plain tiresome.

Leviathan Wakes
Leviathan Wakes
by James S.A. Corey
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.72
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but perfect for what it is., May 20 2013
This review is from: Leviathan Wakes (Paperback)
I'll confess. I have never read deeply into the genre. I like Star Wars and I like Aliens but sci-fi for me was always on the big screen and not on the little one (E-reader). So I don't even know where I heard of this book, why I bought it or why I powered through it but I am happy I did. What a fun story of pure escapism and adventure. Yes, Holden and Miller (the dual protagonists) are one dimensional and quite cliched, but that doesn't matter in the context of Leviathan Wakes because it is just fun reading. There are spaceships and aliens and gunfights and wise cracking crew and politics and villains and....on and on. Will I be picking up book two of The Expanse? Gladly.

TURKEY HASH
TURKEY HASH
by Craig Nova
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping., May 20 2013
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This review is from: TURKEY HASH (Paperback)
I'm a big fan of Craig Nova's early work and this one is no exception. There is something gripping about the spare, hallucinatory prose that just works its way deep into your brain. For as little praise as he has received for his early work, you can see his influence in many other subsequent writers, even into the new millennium. The only downside to is book is there are some large departures in style and some jumping around in place and time that make the book seem a bit unhinged.

Lightning
Lightning
Price: CDN$ 13.11
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4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy, fun, summer tunes., May 20 2013
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This review is from: Lightning (Audio CD)
I think I just found my summer tunes. Matt & Kim seemed to be skimming along the periphery of my music library for years, popping up here and there and for some reason, I never flat out gave them a listen. And then I did and now I'm a fan. Catchy alt-pop that's so much fun it'll be playing all summer long. Perfect for beers on the back deck while watching your grass grow more out of control each day.

Don't Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I'd Say to My Kids
Don't Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I'd Say to My Kids
by Leanne Shirtliffe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.03
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leanne Shirtliffe is the perfect answer to the perfect parent., May 20 2013
Leanne Shirtliffe is the perfect answer to the perfect parent. Point and counter point are hilariously covered, turned inside out and reconnected. This book is an insightful look at birthing and raising twins while trying to keep a modicum of sanity. Shirtliffe artfully dances along that fine line of humour and sentimentality, leaving you both laughing and feeling her struggles. And, honestly, sometimes just laughing at her struggles.

Midnight Organ Fight
Midnight Organ Fight
Offered by usedsalesca
Price: CDN$ 10.29
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it, ignored it, found it, love it., Sept. 30 2008
This review is from: Midnight Organ Fight (Audio CD)
I bought this disc when it came out and listened to it once and then, for some reason, didn't listen to it again for months. Then I put it in again and it is still there, playing over and over. This is a CD that grows on you and the more you listen to it the more amazing it becomes. A little Handsome Furs, a little Wolf Parade, a little something else that hooks. If you like any of these, pick this disc up and give it a try.

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