Book Talk and Reviews

I love reading books. I’ve always loved reading books.  I think this love came from my mother who taught me to read before I went to school. She had a bookcase headboard crammed with yellowing thrift store paperbacks—some you wouldn’t expect your mother to read like Messalina and Peyton Place—along with fat, hard-cover, Reader Digests. 

If I like a book, I write about it. So, naturally, my reviews and musings end up in my blog. I know what it takes to write a book, the endless hours, the sleepless nights; so I don’t write about a book if I don’t connect with it.

I also write reviews of fellow Canadian authors for the Ottawa Review of Books. This has allowed me to discover some brilliant writers. They’re not all New York Times Bestselling authors. Not yet. But they’re wonderful just the same. So, if you like to discover new authors too, read on.

A Peek into the Pro Wrestling World with Cobra Clutch

Pro-wrestlers, scuzzy bikers, a yellow pet python, and a private detective—how does Devlin hold it all together in this gritty page-turning debut novel? With a whole lot of style and a splattering of tongue-in-cheek humour. The characters are highly stylized; their...

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The Shipping News

Every few years, I re-read Annie Proulx’s classic novel, The Shipping News. It happens when I miss the East—family and friends. When I need to submerge myself in great writing and crave a dose of mellifluent literature. When I need to feel immersed in the sea and...

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Hummingbird by Tristan Hughes

It's always a gift to pick up a book you've never heard of—one that's not on the bestseller list or written by one of the big-name authors—and discover its beauty. That's what I experienced with Hummingbird. This is a beautiful summer read. It will transport you to...

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The Mystery of Grace. Charles de Lint

Grace is blessed with multiple meanings in Charles de Lint’s 2009 urban fantasy novel, The Mystery of Grace. She is an idea and also a woman. This strong beautiful tattooed deva is at once kind, charming, thoughtful, and at ease around a classic car. (She grew up...

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This Fallen Prey, Rockton #3

This Fallen Prey, Kelley Armstrong reviewed in the Ottawa Review of Books, March 2018 The meaning behind the title of Kelley Armstrong’s latest Rockton crime novel, This Fallen Prey, still alludes me. Does This Fallen Prey refer to the victims of the serial killer who...

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Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Rarely do I read a novel in less than 24 hours, but at 289 pages, Dragon Teeth is a quick, exciting, and informative read. It hooked me with its setting, its adventurous plot, and its historical fervour. Oh, and what a cover. Dragon Teeth is the posthumously-published...

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