Monthly Review on MapleBooks - Book Reviews

February was a very light month for MapleBooks. Life, on the other side, had been full of events. Being rather unwell has unwelcomely occupied most of my February and it took me about twenty days to proofread the review of If I Fall, If I Die, which was basically ready. I’ve had difficulties to read more than fifteen minutes in a row, which doesn’t help a book blogger, and I’m still stuck into a Terry Pratchett novel which exceeds my current power of comprehension (but I still enjoy it, that’s the magic of Discworld).

Anyway, this month I went to the Salon du Livre de l’Outaouais (Ottawa region’s French book fair) and I took a revenge by buying quite a few books. And have them signed.

Books I reviewed this month

If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie (5/5): a thriller taking place in Northern Ontario about a mother stuck in her house with agoraphobia and a son who never took a step outside.

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley (1/5): the seventh book of the Flavia de Luce series, where an eleven years-old girl solves mysteries. Let’s say this one is not the best one, and probably not the best representation of the series either.

The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach (5/5): my Science-Fiction & Fantasy World Tour made a stop-over in Germany with this absolutely-excellent-you-need-to-read-this novel. It’s all about the rise (and collapse) of a culture based on a religious galactic-wide political system. No, it’s not boring, it’s completely riveting. Each chapter reads as a short story. Never seen anything like this. This was my favourite read of the three.

Three other books I didn’t review yet

Ru by Kim Thúy, a fiction about refugees fleeing Vietnam to Quebec. A short and moving story, probably partly autobiographical. The book was written in French and is available in English.

Sweetland by Michael Crummey: probably my favourite read in Canadian Literature so far, even before the few CBC 100 books I read (ok, I didn’t read so many yet). It’s a heartbreaking, contemplative novel about the evacuation of a fictional island in the Maritimes. The island is remote, costly to provide for, and economically unviable. But one man doesn’t want to leave. This was a fabulous read (though totally depressing).

The Reaper by Terry Pratchett: I’m a few pages away from finishing this book. I picked it up because I needed something to lift my mood. It did make me laugh, as every Terry Pratchett book does, but not as much as usual. It might be me, or it might be that it’s a bit all over the place and Death, my favourite character in Discworld (am I the only one?), isn’t as sharp and funny when deprived of his powers. Well.

I’m planning to read more short stories in March, since it’s easier for me at the moment. I have many Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Horror short story collections waiting for me on the shelf. I hope you’ll be interested!

PS: almost spring!