A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

John Le Carre is back with his first novel featuring the character of George Smiley in over twenty-five years and weaves in major plot points from many of his previous novels, including the espionage classic, “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold”.  The main character here is Peter Guillam, Smiley’s former right hand who…

Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves

In the seventh outing in the Shetland Island series featuring detective Jimmy Perez, author Ann Cleeves has begun to delve deeper into the characters inner lives while still writing an engaging mystery. Besides working with Jimmy, the author has begun to round out the lives and desires of his co-workers, including his long suffering sidekick,…

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Blade Runner 2049 came out on October 6th,  so why not read the book that started it all: Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In the aftermath of World War Terminus, humanity has mostly fled to Mars. People who go to Mars get an android for free. But some of the androids,…

Goodbye, things: the new Japanese minimalism by Fumio Sasaki

Lately, you may have heard of “Minimalism” gaining popularity. This is a movement which can be defined in many ways, and I personally like Joshua Becker’s definition: “Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it”. I see myself as a minimalist and try…

Case of the Missing Morris Dancer by Cathy Ace

This book’s catchy title caught my eye on a display in the Library, and I’m happy to report it did not disappoint! The story is set in idyllic rural Wales, at the stately home of the eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth who is about to be married. His doting mother is anxious to provide a wedding…

The Light Keeper’s Daughter by Jean E. Pendziwol

You can’t beat a local story by a local author and this novel excels in all departments. I literally could not put this book down as it drew me into the story of the lighthouse keeper on Porphyry Island and his two daughters Elizabeth and Emily. It is not possible to say much about the…

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

  Published in 2009 and classified under the genres of fantasy fiction / science fiction, Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde is a far cry from other books with similar titles. Fforde is best known for his ongoing Thursday Next series and fans will find his standard flair in this dystopian tale. The story takes…

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

Do you remember the campy version of Batman from the 1960’s TV show?  That’s the way he was portrayed for several decades. But everything changed in 1986 thanks to Frank Miller’s Batman: the Dark Knight Returns. Miller’s depiction of the Dark Knight, along with Alan Moore’s Watchmen, ushered in a new, darker era for comic…

Tales From Big Spirit (Series) by David Alexander Robertson

I have been a fan of David Alexander Robertson since I read his 7 Generations graphic novel series a few years ago. Recently I stumbled upon his graphic novel series for a younger audience called “Tales from Big Spirit”. Each book is about a prominent First Nations person from history and teaches the reader about…

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

In the follow-up to her bestselling novels, Me before You and After You, author Jojo Moyes has published  an  eclectic  collection of nine short stories each from a woman’s perspective and dealing with  a variety of themes from troubled relationships to near magical shoes. The longest story in the set is “Paris for One” and…

Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen

This elegantly written book shows just how connected we all are.  Here in Thunder Bay, it’s common to discover you have something or someone in common to almost everyone you meet.  The “one degree of separation” phenomenon is understandable in a city the size of ours, but could it work in the metropolis of New…