Scion of the Fox by S. M. Beiko - Review

I have loved stories who blur the boundaries between humans and animals since I read Philipp Pullman’s Dark Materials series. They restore—even by mean of Fantasy—a sense of connection with Nature, an acknowledgement that we share a fundamental experience—life on…

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This Week in CanLit

This week, we moved on from January to February, which means that we’re slowly winning the yearly fight against Winter. In Ottawa, it’s been a very strange winter, with temperature swinging up and down like a squirrel on an electric…

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L'Habitude des bêtes de Lise Tremblay - Critique

L’Habitude des bêtes est un roman superbe, court et simple, qui s’attache à mettre en récit l’impermanence–la qualité éphémère de toute chose–à travers les yeux d’un jeune retraité nommé Benoît. Narrée à la première personne, l’histoire vous enveloppe dans l’intimité…

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This Week in CanLit

This Week in CanLit is a new feature I’m experimenting with on MapleBooks. I’m reading so much about books that I figured I could write a weekly sum-up for people who have a better social life than I do! 1….

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The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron - Review

Have you seen movie The Quest For Fire (1981)? It features a group of prehistoric humans trying to re-acquire fire after they lost it in a battle. Their language is rudimentary and they mostly act like beasts. Although the movie…

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Petit Guide de la Science-Fiction au Québec de Jean-Louis Trudel - Critique

Avis à tous les passionnés ! Ce Petit guide de la science-fiction au Québec est un ouvrage de référence pour tous les amateurs du genre et de littérature canadienne. D’une lecture très aisée, il livre au lecteur une analyse claire et…

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Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen - Review

Every so often, one must read a Young-Adult novel. Especially when there is a cat lady involved, as well as a witty title. Besides, I couldn’t resist Optimists Die First‘s book cover, which is darn awesome, no pun intended. Okay,…

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Les Héritiers de la mine de Jocelyne Saucier - Critique

Il y a tout un pan sublime de la littérature canadienne-française dont les histoires se situent dans des communautés très reculées, voire oubliées, et dont le style magnifique et poétique de l’écriture contraste violemment avec les tragédies qu’elles narrent. Il…

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First Things First by Diane Schoemperlen - Review

You clash with my constructed atmosphere. The stories of First Things First feel so much like confidences. They are essentially the intimate thoughts of twenty-four women whose inner life is at odds with the outside world. Some of those ladies…

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