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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I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid - Review

Searching for your yearly dose of scare for Halloween? Have a look at I’m Thinking of Ending Things! Best described as a psychological thriller or maybe even a psychological horror novel, I honestly believe this novel is one of a…

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Little Sister by Barbara Gowdy - Review

In France, where I grew up, Little Sister would be at home in my favourite genre: le fantastique. As Wikipedia describes it: “What is distinctive about the fantastique is the intrusion of supernatural phenomena into an otherwise realist narrative.” Fantastique…

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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai - Review - CanLit

It was really hard to pick up a new book after reading Death’s End by Cixin Liu. I was just completely blown away by the monumental brilliance of the whole Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy (if you don’t know what…

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Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang - Review

Dragon Springs Road, published this January, sets the bar very high for 2017’s Canadian literature. This second novel by Janie Chang is a unique, beautiful, human, and insightful novel. Set near Shanghai, China, in the early 20th century, Dragon Springs…

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