“The Demonologist” – Andrew Pyper

"The demonic is the one true universal across all human religious experience." There were so many things about this book that I liked: articulate, intelligent prose; it was well-researched and made me want to do follow-up research; the protagonist was emotionally-aware; and, it didn't spoon-feed the reader. Thank you, Mr. Pyper, for allowing me to... Continue Reading →

Books that stick

A recent Facebook question had me wondering at books that had stuck in my mind. Not necessarily good books, or ones that I liked. Just ones that stuck. Here are three more that stuck with me, sometimes for reasons unknown, vague, or not all together solid. The Mad Scientist's Daughter - Cassandra Rose Clarke Clarke... Continue Reading →

“The Iron Duke” – Meljean Brook

I am desperate.....for some steampunk. Steam-powered gadgets, gun-weilding ladies in corsets, gentlemen in tailored suits beating up villains, afternoon tea -- what's not to love?? A search of the local public library catalogue brought this book to my attention. I didn't look at the classification or reviews; I was that desperate. Consequently, I read my... Continue Reading →

“How to be a Woman” – Caitlin Moran

I immediately thought, "Finally, an owner's manual!" Perhaps. Instead, Moran voices her vindication for women to be women, and for women to be human. Womanhood isn't defined by the number of pairs of unworn Jimmy Choos under your bed, how small your underwear is, or how expensive your handbag is. Instead, Moran offers that womanhood,... Continue Reading →

Fluffy Female Fiction

I've had a number of requests to recommend female fiction, as well as something light but preferably with a strong female protagonist. Strong female protagonists are hard to find, especially ones that don't relinquish their femininity in the heat of battle. And strong female protagonists in lighter reading is tougher to find. I don't go... Continue Reading →

“The Catcher in the Rye” – J.D. Salinger

Let's start at the beginning. As with all 'classic' works, I had expectations. Too great, it seems. This was my doom when I tackled "Wuthering Heights" and "The Grapes of Wrath." When I lowered my expectations, I was pleasantly surprised: "Great Expectations" (ironically enough) and "The Three Musketeers" (which is among my favourite books). "The... Continue Reading →

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