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Rising of the Ashes
Rising of the Ashes
by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry I can't agree - it reads better in French, June 20 2015
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Sorry I can't agree - it reads better in French, for sure, but nothing 'epic' about it - depressing and morose, repeated uses of the same imagery, it just feels shallow.

By Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Project
By Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The protagonist is loveable and painful, the supporting characters real and tortured, May 31 2015
I agree. My colleague loaned me this book, and I read it on a rainy Sunday. The protagonist is loveable and painful, the supporting characters real and tortured. Real enough, with drama enough in the interpersonal relationships and no need for the over the top. Very worth the read.

The Windup Girl
The Windup Girl
by Paolo Bacigalupi
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.43
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Science Fiction, Jan. 20 2014
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Bacigalupi creates an immersive alternate future with ambiguous morality and twisted technology that is enjoyable to visit. Would have been 5* but in retrospect, i don't know that I felt a connection with the characters that grew throughout the novel, and (without ruining the twists) they don't all stick around to grow with.

More a compelling world and an interesting plot than a character driven or emotive experience. You can see that he has the potential to do even more, and that will indeed be a treat.

Turkish Designs: Gift Wrapping Paper Book Vol. 2
Turkish Designs: Gift Wrapping Paper Book Vol. 2
by Pepin Van Roojen
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 20.93
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, but would have preferred heavier stock, Jan. 20 2014
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Nice to get something different like this - many pretty papers out there, but these are a pleasant novelty. My only improvement would be if they were slightly heavier stock - this still feels like throwaway paper, even if it is pretty.

Kimono Gift Wrapping Paper Book, Volume 3
Kimono Gift Wrapping Paper Book, Volume 3
by Pepin Van Roojen
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 21.32
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, but would have preferred heavier stock, Jan. 20 2014
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Nice to get something different like this - many pretty papers out there, but these are a pleasant novelty. My only improvement would be if they were slightly heavier stock - this still feels like throwaway paper, even if it is pretty.

Barcelona Gift Wrap Paper Book
Barcelona Gift Wrap Paper Book
by Pepin Press
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, but would have preferred heavier stock, Jan. 20 2014
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Nice to get something different like this - many pretty papers out there, but these are a pleasant novelty. My only improvement would be if they were slightly heavier stock - this still feels like throwaway paper, even if it is pretty.

Arabesques: Gift Wrapping Paper Book Vol.12
Arabesques: Gift Wrapping Paper Book Vol.12
by Pepin Van Roojen
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 21.04
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, but would have preferred heavier stock, Jan. 20 2014
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Nice to get something different like this - many pretty papers out there, but these are a pleasant novelty. My only improvement would be if they were slightly heavier stock - this still feels like throwaway paper, even if it is pretty.

Bellman & Black
Bellman & Black
by Diane Setterfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moar Books Pls, Jan. 20 2014
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Just as, having read the Thirteenth Tale, I checked back many times looking for Setterfield's next book,so will I continue to do.

The author's style is remarkable, and it is difficult to believe she is so accomplished with only two novels under her belt. Her characters breathe and flex, and she manages a thread of suspense and foreboding that rises and falls but never completely departs throughout the novel.

An excellent outing and very highly recommended.

If on a winter's night a traveler
If on a winter's night a traveler
by Italo Calvino
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.54
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inception, if the made you a character, Jan. 20 2014
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I really enjoyed If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, even if the mechanics of the book grated in exactly the way the author intended. Over and over he takes you right up to the edge of revelation only to, in a playfully sadistic way, pull you back from the edge.

The world seems to flex in both directions as you become an actor on the stage he sets, move between genders and roles, and in some ways, participate in the action.

It's manipulative, but remains, quite a ride.

Great Journeys Congo And The Cameroons
Great Journeys Congo And The Cameroons
by Mary Kingsley
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dry British Wit of a True Adventurer, July 20 2010
Although this series can best be described as snippets of the writings of their authors, it does not take long to get a sense of the dry, sardonic wit of Mary Kingsley. One of the earliest women to explore the continent, and first to summit Mount Cameroon at a time when few men had done so and the expectation was that women would keep their place, she shows the indomitable nature and sense of humour that must be required for such an undertaking.

Personally I would rate this 5* if only the edition were more complete. I will purchase and expect to very much enjoy her full book, Travels in West Africa, even more.

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