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Helpful votes received on reviews: 96% (24 of 25)
Location: Vancouver, BC


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,032 - Total Helpful Votes: 24 of 25
Stories of Genesis, Vol. 2: A new kind of fan fict&hellip by Chris James
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Having read Chris Jamess sci-fi, alt. reality, action-driven novels, and the first volume of a new kind of fan fiction, I knew I would enjoy this new collection. Chris James is a known quantity  hes an excellent writer. This book, however, exceeded my expectations. James has added another level and scope to his storytelling that is wonderful indeed.

I admit I dont know all of the Genesis songs (Genesis the pop/rock band, not Genesis in the Bible) which were the authors inspiration. When I read these stories, I did so in the absence of the framework avid fans will bring to their reading. No matter. The stories stand tall on their own and dont require previous knowledge… Read more
The Note (an American Suicide) by JD Mader
Those of us who have lost someone suddenly may get over the initial trauma, but we never stop aching for the "one more conversation". In this short story, Mader has pre-empted that ache - fictionally, of course. His book takes the POV of a man in his last few hours (few minutes?) of life who has realized he should leave something behind for his friends and loved ones: some sort of explanation.

As with all of JD Mader's writing, I felt pulled into a very intimate setting. There is only one character here and his voice comes through loud and clear. I was not able to say I liked or disliked the narrator but that, I think, was part of the point. I was able to feel why he might feel… Read more
Tro-tros and Potholes, West Africa: Solo by Laura Enridge
What on earth is this book about - I bet that's what you're thinking. I admit,from the title alone I wasn't quite sure myself; however, what I did know (from regularly reading Laura's blog) is that the book would be full of interesting moments, insights and humour. Oh yes indeed!

Right from the start, you should understand this is not a standard travelogue. This is a travel memoir, told in a comfortable, wonderfully written, readable style, one that follows the author on a lengthy solo journey through a large part of Africa in the early 2000s.

The premise is that the book is grounded in the emails the author sent home to her friends throughout her journey. Please note… Read more

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