Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis - Review - CanLit

Did you love Animal Farm by George Orwell? Then Fifteen Dogs is for you. This new novel by André Alexis, shortlisted for the Giller Prize 2015, features a group of pet dogs who are suddenly given human intelligence. Greek gods…

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The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson - Review - Science-Fiction

The Affinities in a nutshell? Divergent targeted to adult readers. Both books are based on the idea that humanity is encompassed in a finite number of personality profiles and therefore can be sorted into trait-based communities. In our modern world…

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The Unfinished Child by Theresa Shea - Book Review - CanLit

There’s nothing as terrifying as being told your newborn “will be sick a good deal and require special medical and nursing care, which cannot be given at home.” This is what Margaret Harrington from The Unfinished Child was told after…

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Daydreams of Angels by Heather O'Neill - Review - CanLit

Daydreams of Angels is a little piece of magic. It brought me back to the same feelings I had in my childhood while reading Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz. These books immersed me in a world of wonders,…

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Do You Think This Is Strange? by Aaron Cully Drake - CanLit

Everything was irrelevant except that I didn’t fit in, had never fit in, and it would be best if I didn’t fit in somewhere else. Recently, Lisa Genova introduced me to another kind of diverse literature; a literature in which…

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Summer reads: is there such a thing?

They are everywhere: the CBC Books 2015 summer reading list, GoodReads’ Popular Summer Book Shelf… There even seems to be some special categories like “beach reads”! But what are summer reads? What makes a book a good fit for holidays? Do “summer…

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Ami McKay - The Birth House - Book review - CanLit

The Birth House‘s protagonist, Dora Rare, is such a fan of Jane Austen that on the first time she helps a mother through childbirth, she names the baby Darcy, after the character of Pride and Prejudice. Interesting, considering The Birth…

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Monthly Review - MapleBooks - Book Reviews

Ohhh summer! Last March/April, when it was -15°C, when there was still a one-meter deep blanket of snow in front of the house, when I had to watch my feet to not slip on some ice, I felt like summer wouldn’t ever…

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The Acolyte by Nick Cutter - Dystopia / Horror

I’m getting concerned for Nick Cutter’s sanity, really. His website is definitely showing signs of split personality: on its home page, you’re asked to choose between Craig Davidson, author of the acclaimed literary novel Cataract City (that’s the nice guy),…

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