NorthVan Dave

When not reading on holidays, a beer is always a good substitute.
Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,060
Helpful votes received on reviews: 61% (264 of 434)
Location: BC, Canada
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Check out my book blog: What's to say? I live in the best city in Canada, I like to read books that are either technologically bent, or historical in nature, or focus on nature in some manner. I wish I had more time to read, but between living, working, and playing, I'm just happy to get through a book once every two weeks!



Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,060 - Total Helpful Votes: 264 of 434
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
...Be warned. The book is probably trash..

For the life of me I am not sure why I decided to give Telegraph Avenue a read. I tried to read one of Michael Chabon's other novels - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - and disliked that book. So why I thought I would enjoy reading Telegraph Avenue is anyone's guess.

Anyway, I will do you all a favour and tell you not to bother reading this novel. If you are looking for a novel that involves drama, a record store, and a whole cast of interesting characters read High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. A much MUCH better novel that is better written and a hell of a lot more interesting.

Telegraph Avenue just… Read more
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Why oh why is it that every addict who recovers replaces the addiction with God. On no such level is the addict cured. If anything they are as addicted as they ever were. The difference being, instead of being addicted to harmful substances such as alcohol, cocaine, meth, etc. They are addicted to religion. Although to be fair, some (including me) would argue that religion is just as harmful as any substance.

However I digress.

The Artist's Way is a book that is supposed to teach the layman how to see thing in an artistic sense. The author, Julia Cameron, was herself an alcoholic. And surprise, surprise. She abandoned drinking, found God, and decided to write a… Read more
True North: A Life Inside the Music Business by Bernie Finkelstein
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I wasn't a fan of this book. I can't exactly say why. Maybe it was the writing style. Maybe it was the fact that all of the Canadian acts that Bernie Finkelstien was talking about were bands that I had zero interest in, or that I had never heard about. But whatever the reason this book was a slog to get through.

While I have no doubt in my mind that Mr. Finkelstien was instrumental in the Canadian music biz (after all they don't just hand out the Order of Canada to anyone) I couldn't wait for this book to be over. And when you don't have any interest in the story or the characters or anything that the author is talking about, trust me when I tell you that getting through… Read more

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Blood River by Tim Butcher
Blood River by Tim Butcher
Blood River by Tim Butcher
Blood River by Tim Butcher