Book Reviews

I typically post between two and three book reviews a week. Please refer to my review policy if you’d like to submit a book for consideration. I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter to get a summary of my reviews once  a month.

Book Review: Serpents Rising by David A. Poulsen

I just finished reading a great mystery by a great Alberta author. And by the way, he's also got another job as a rodeo announcer, when he's not writing (see video below).  David A. Poulson has written over 20 books, some for kids, some for adults, but according to...

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Defending Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

So, the Giller Prize is upon us. In just a few short days, an author's life will be changed forever. No, this is not an exaggeration, this IS a life changing prize, especially now that it is worth $100,000 (basically the equivalent of 10 years of working for most...

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Liebster Award

Last week, Elsie Ohem, who I've never met but will be continually grateful to, nominated me for the Liebster Award. I have no idea what this award is, but I'm so honoured to be nominated for ANYTHING that I will gladly participate in this chain-letter type thing that...

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Book Review: Leaving Tomorrow by David Bergen

So as my hosting gig draws closer, I  have quickly realized that I should be getting these reviews up quicker than I have been in the past. In my defense,  I am taking a professional writing class this fall, so the majority of my online creativity is going towards my...

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Book Review: Riel Street by Colette Maitland

Although this book is described as a novel in the press release, I think of it as a book of short stories, as each chapter can easily stand on its own. Taken together, the chapters are not cohesive enough to create one story, but I don't believe that is a negative...

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Book Review: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

I know, I know. It's been way too long since I've posted a review of a book on here. It took me an entire month to finish this last one, which is quite unusual for me, even though the book was 700 pages long. I don't want you to misinterpret my tardiness for a dislike...

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My Favourite Kids Books

My Dad is coming to visit me here in a few weeks, which always makes me a bit nostalgic for my childhood. Living far apart from my family is hard, so when I have people come to visit, it inevitably brings back memories that I'd forgotten since I moved away from home....

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Book Review: California by Edan Lepucki

Does anyone else have a sneaking suspicion that the world's population is headed straight for a major disaster, and every day we get closer to the eventual annihilation of our species? No, I don't really believe that either, but a lot of people do (a lot of them are...

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CBC Books’ Writers to Watch: the 2014 Edition

I have some observations on the most recent "Writers to Watch" list from CBC Books: Not surprisingly, it is a diverse list in both authors and their publishers. I would expect nothing less from the CBC. I have heard of none of these writers. A few years ago, when I...

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