Reviews

The Chick Lit Project

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion, HarperCollins, 2013, 288 pages If I were to judge a book by it’s cover (which I always do; let’s be honest), I’d say that this one would be a quirky piece of chick lit with some sassy smarts on the side. Which is pretty much exactly what it is. […]

The Formula of Baking Cakes

Baking Cakes in Kigali – Gaile Parkin, McClelland & Stewart, 2009, 308 pages  Angel Tungaraza has moved to Rwanda with her husband, Pius, from their homeland of Tanzania. Angel bakes cakes. Angel owns a cake shop. Everyone loves Angel’s cakes. People come from far and wide to order her cakes, and while they discuss the […]

Forays into CanLit: The Miracles of Ordinary Men

The Miracles of Ordinary Men – Amanda Leduc, ECW, 2013, 321 pages It may seem odd for a Canadian who happens to be a lit lover to feel the need to remark on her indulgences of her own country’s fiction. You have to understand, I’ve been conditioned to think that I disliked CanLit since high […]

A Bookish Affair

The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde, Hodder, 2001, 384 pages As a fan of Jane Eyre and, well, books in general, the premise of Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series has intrigued me for years. Imagine a fantasy world designed specifically for book-lovers. The first in the series, The Eyre Affair, follows the life of Thursday […]

A Curious Perspective

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon, Vintage, 2003, 240 pages Here’s a genuinely novel concept for a book: write a first-person narrative. Make the narrator a young boy with a behavioural disorder (think Asperger’s or Autism). Make it a mystery novel, about a bigger mystery than just the titular Dog, […]

The subtle nuances of snow

Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata, translated from Japanese, Tuttle Publishing, 1996, first published in English in 1956, 175 pages Living in Japan has inspired a slight foray into Japanese literature, and Snow Country was recommended by a few friends as a modern Japanese classic. I was especially interested in this novel as I live in  part of Japan that […]

The Age of Miracles: “Not Fear, but a Thrill”

The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker, Random House, 2012, 320 pages This book was a breeze to get through – the plot unravels so smoothly you could sit down to read it and be halfway through before you’ve even glanced up at the clock. At least that’s what I did. This coming of […]