87th Precinct Novels by Ed McBain

The 87th Precinct novels, set in the fictional city Isola (much resembling New York City), is a fantastic look into the true nature of police procedure and protocols (in the United States).  McBain provides readers with gritty and realistic stories centered around a key group of detectives working out of the precinct.  McBain’s first 87th... Continue Reading →

In Love and War

Rainy  or snowy Sunday afternoons, as a child, meant watching movies with my Mom. Our favourites always fell into two categories; the lavish MGM movie musicals and the sweet and sad  stories of couples during the Second World War. As I grow older,the spectacle of Carmen Miranda dancing with fruit on her head may have... Continue Reading →

The Van by Roddy Doyle

This is the third book in a triology by Irish author Roddy Doyle. It follows The Commitments and The Snapper (in case you want to read them in order). It's probably my favourite one of the three.  Jimmy Rabbitte Sr. is at a loss when he loses his job. To fill his time he joins... Continue Reading →

oh, it’s the end of the world as we know it

There's been a bit of a revival in the end-of-the-world genre lately. Hollywood is cashing in on the success of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" by making a big-budget production of a father and son's struggle to survive in a futuristic wasteland. The new bestseller "One Second After" by William Forstchen describes how we'll get along... Continue Reading →

Jane Eyre

When I was in grade ten, we were given the choice of reading either Far from the Madding crowd, Great Expectations, or Jane Eyre as an English novel. At the time, I went with Hardy, with the intention of reading the others at a later date. Well, recently, over twenty-five years later, I finally realized... Continue Reading →

Ladder Of Years by Anne Tyler.

This is one of my favourite books and one I still recommend to people. Delia Grinstead is 40 and has a husband and 3 children, all of whom seem to take her for granted. As well she is trying to cope with the recent death of her father. While on summer vacation she takes a... Continue Reading →

Blindness

I've been thinking about what kind of book to promote here for a little while and finally decided, why not go with one of my all time faves?!? The title of this book by Jose Saramago might be familiar to some readers as the film version of the story was recently released. Please do not... Continue Reading →

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