Black Robe by Brian Moore

This is a great read. The pace is quick, efficient and a literary treat; especially when compared to some of the non-fiction I read. The story takes place in the "New World" in the 17th Century. A Jesuit Missionary, named Nicanis by the Algonkian people he is with, is trying to get to a mission... Continue Reading →

Linwood Barclay’s Never Look Away

Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay is one good book.  From cover to cover, this fictional thriller is a page turner that keeps you guessing as new twists are continuously introduced into the story.  Published in 2010, Canadian author and former Toronto Star editor and columnist Barclay creates an intriguing story that hooks you right... Continue Reading →

Ratking, by Michael Dibdin

I first learned about Michael Dibdin and the Aurelio Zen series whilst perusing Men’s Journal in the library one day. Having just finished the Stieg Larsson trilogy, and thoroughly enjoyed it (mostly), I was excited to read of some Larsson read-a-likes. The fact that Dibdin situates his novels in Italy was also part of the... Continue Reading →

The Wheel of Time

Every once in awhile I find I am compelled to deviate from my normal reading tastes and delve into a genre I rarely read.  In this case the genre is fantasy and the books are the Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series.  A few years ago I was over at my buddy Dave’s house and... Continue Reading →

Knots and Crosses, by Ian Rankin

At just over 200 pages, Knots and Crosses is by no means huge, but it's astonishing that a considerable number of reviewers for Rankin’s first Rebus novel think that the length of a novel  is actually commensurate with its quality. In the same way that you can’t judge a book by its cover, so shouldn’t... Continue Reading →

Book Nerds Unite!

If you're a Facebook user you might have noticed a note spreading around called "Book Nerds Unite" (or something to that extent). It asks you to write down the 15 books that have stuck with you over the years (and to not over think it, just say what comes to mind). Instead of posting my... Continue Reading →

Beyond the Indian Act: Restoring Aboriginal Property Rights by Tom Flanagan et al. (McGill-Queen’s, 2010)

Contrary to popular belief, the Indian Act isn't really a helpful document. Not to Native people, anyway. The Indian Act basically prevented Native people from manifesting their own destinies. The Act prevented Aboriginal land ownership, which in turn stifled economic growth, partly due to the inability of a First Nations community to conduct any sort... Continue Reading →

A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle

 I first found Roddy Doyle through the movie, "The Commitments" and was struck by the raw, funny and bawdy style of the writing. The dialogue in the movie, about a talented, dysfunctional band pursuing their dreams of stardom in Dublin, was taken for the most part from the novel. "The Commitments" was the first... Continue Reading →

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