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Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (22 of 24)
Location: Toronto, ON Canada
 

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Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Quite simply, this is one of the best books of the decade!

Already, Syjuco has been compared to writers like Salman Rushdie & David Mitchell and it is easy to see why; he challenges our concept of what a novel can be. As another review has stated, this is a difficult book to review. Using disparate sources (jokes, traditional linear narratives, interviews, diary entries and book excerpts), Syjuco fashions a tale of a young writer's search to find the missing manuscript of his mentor and friend, Crispin Salvador, and to uncover the truth behind the death of the Philippines' greatest writer. Along the way, we learn much about our protagonist (Miguel Syjuco), his mentor (Salvador)… Read more
X-Isle by Steve Augarde
X-Isle by Steve Augarde
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Having been a real fan of Steve Augarde's "The Touchstone Trilogy", I couldn't wait for the North American release of this book and purchased a copy from Amazon.co.uk as soon as it was released in Britain. I was impressed by the brilliance of "X-Isle", and devoured it in two days. Like the previous books, "X-Isle" offers the reader a fantastically gripping narrative, but with a darker, edgier feel. Gone are the fairy tribes (even if they were warring fairies) and in their place are boys - boys who, in a world crippled by floods, must fight for survival on X-Isle. There is nothing comfortable about this tale, and it may not appeal to very young readers. But it is a book worth reading… Read more
Help Me Jacques Cousteau by Gil Adamson
Help Me Jacques Cousteau by Gil Adamson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I picked up "Help Me Jacques Cousteau" after falling in love with Gil's book, "The Outlander". I was not disappointed with this wonderful collection of (linked) short stories. At times poetic, funny, and sad, this book held me captive until the very last page. Adamson is brilliant at capturing humanity - something evident in both this book and "The Outlander" - with a directness and simplicity that touches the reader. I highly recommend this little gem.

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