Book Review

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  Book Review
February 26, 2014
  Book review: Crazy Town: The Rob Ford StoryPDF files may take a moment to load

At first glance, Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story is posed to incite two extremely divergent reactions from potential readers. For Toronto citizens entrenched as Ford Nation, the book will be dismissed as yet another attempt at mudslinging from a headline-hungry opportunist willing to do anything to make a name for herself.

For the rest of us, the Ford story promises an entertaining read about the crack-induced buffoonery of what was the best fodder for American late night talk show monologues in 2013.


January 15, 2014
  Book review: Kim McCullough's ClearwaterPDF files may take a moment to load

Calgary author Kim McCullough’s debut novel, Clearwater is a good read for teens and young adults, mostly because it resembles a season of Degrassi. The novel follows Claire Sullivan and Jeff Carson, two teenagers living in a troubled small town in northern Manitoba. They struggle with abuse, drugs, drinking, suicide, relationships et cetera. There’s rarely a moment where a new bomb does not drop soap-opera style.


October 30, 2013
  Book review: The War on SciencePDF files may take a moment to load

With the recent Senate scandal blowing up and revealing a sea of political corruption, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s integrity has come under attack. Calgary-based author Chris Turner intensifies this assault on the Conservatives and Harper in his latest book, The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper’s Canada.


September 17, 2013
  Book review: Tampa by Alissa NuttingPDF files may take a moment to load

What if Humbert Humbert in Lolita or Patrick Bateman from American Psycho was a woman? That is the question that Alissa Nutting addresses in her deeply unsettling debut novel Tampa.


September 04, 2013
  Common Reading Program book reviewPDF files may take a moment to load

This year, following the theme of environmental sustainability, the common reading program chose No Impact Man by Colin Beavan. The book a pleasant story about a small family — two working writers, their two-year-old daughter and the family dog — as they embark on a year of living with no environmental impact.


June 05, 2013
  Book Review:
 Caught by Lisa MoorePDF files may take a moment to load

This book is going to hook you and leave you hanging. Written by award-winning Canadian author Lisa Moore, Caught follows David Slaney, a young man who escapes from a Canadian prison in the late ‘70s. Once free, Slaney hitchhikes across Canada to get back to his best friend and partner in crime for one last drug run.


May 22, 2013
  Book Review: Inferno doesn’t quite go down in flames
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In his most famous book, The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown brought the renaissance artist back into fashion. However, with his last two books, Brown has trailed behind, playing catch up with existing cultural obsessions. In his latest novel, Inferno, Brown returns again to modern culture’s fascination with all things Italian.


April 03, 2013
  Book review: The Douglas NotebooksPDF files may take a moment to load

The Douglas Notebooks does not achieve what it sets out to do.

The book, written by Québécois author Christine Eddie, attempts to create a modern-day fable but embraces a very loose definition of the genre. A fable is typically a tale involving animal characters, a heavy emphasis on nature and an ending with a moral. The Douglas Notebooks is presented as a fable, but one of the only elements it has in common with fables is that it centres around nature.


November 15, 2012
  Book review: The Energy of SlavesPDF files may take a moment to load

Calgarian Andrew Nikiforuk’s latest book is a departure from his typical environmentalist critique of the fossil fuel industry. The Energy of Slaves examines our energy consumption from a moral perspective, equating our relationship with petroleum to that of a master and slave. 


September 06, 2012
  Book review: Vanishing and Other StoriesPDF files may take a moment to load

Born and raised Calgarian Deborah Willis was recently named the University of Calgary’s writer-in-residence. At only 30 years old, Willis is one of the younger writers to be selected. While only having one published book, a collection of short stories titled Vanishing and Other Stories, she has written for The Walrus, Grain, Prism International and other publications. She has also worked as a reporter, horseback riding instructor and a bookseller.



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