Fifty Shades of Drivel vs. Tobacco Road

This is called killing two birds with one stone and, yes, I realize that putting these two books together in the one review is complete heresy, but James’ book doesn’t warrant any more than a few cursory comments and I finished reading it before embarking on Caldwell’s American classic. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.... Continue Reading →

Wallander by Henning Mankell

One of the things I love about mysteries, is that many develop into series, where you follow the character or characters through their lives.  Sometimes this is badly done and the plot of each book is simply there to hang a familiar character on, or to showcase the attributes that make these fictional people.  In... Continue Reading →

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

There were many, many things I really liked about The Chaos. I loved how real Scotch's voice was and her interactions with her brother and family rang very true for me. It may be a cliche for the teen girl to change into more conservative, parent-approved clothes before heading home, but it helps establish Scotch's... Continue Reading →

A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole

Well this book certainly didn’t deliver the belly laughs that so many reviews over-confidently promised. There was certainly a snicker or two to be had, but the overall humour just seemed too weakly American for me. Be that as it may, Ignatius Reilly is undeniably a brilliant character. Think the wit and intelligence of Martin... Continue Reading →

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