What must it be like to read a Dennis Lehane detective novel when one is a Bostonian; or to read a Leonardo Padura thriller when one is Cuban? Or to follow Kurt Wallander through the Swedish countryside when one has … Continue reading Oh, THE BIRDS THAT STAY!
“There was the shock of the fall and the blood on my knee.” It’s a statement that comes back several times in Nathan Filer’s first book and only novel [he has also written The Heartland: finding and losing schizophrenia (2019)], … Continue reading THE SHOCK OF THE FALL: a brilliant first novel by Nathan Filer
Another post written by Christian Daoust, who loves science-fiction, murder mysteries, thrillers, comics and graphic novels, and is an avid reader of great books of all kinds. He’s a graduate of Concordia University’s Creative Writing and English lit programs, and … Continue reading A Trip to W.M. Akers’ WESTSIDE
I suppose it’s an instinctive thing. Some readers, upon discovering the tragedy told in the book with a beautiful title, Once More We Saw Stars, will pull back thinking Oh no! I can’t read that, it will upset me; … Continue reading ONCE MORE WE SAW STARS
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (2017) is an award-winning first novel by Gail Honeyman, that made a celebrity’s book club reading list, may soon be turned into a movie, and yet completely escaped my notice. It’s thanks to the Stewart … Continue reading ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS NOT WHO SHE SEEMS TO BE
“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” ― Diane Arbus When my children were very young, it was with a thirty-five-mm camera that my husband and I photographed them. Video is … Continue reading THE PEOPLE IN THE PHOTO
It’s the stuff of dreams: squirreled away in a small space—in Stephen King’s case when he wrote Carrie, it was the laundry room— a man or woman sits in front of a computer screen after work, or at lunch break, or late at night when everyone’s asleep and the house is quiet, writing the book they just know they have inside them. A GREAT book. And then, one, three, five, ten years later, it’s written and sent off to publishers, and a devilish voice inside the writer’s head says “I hope you’re ready for the rejection slips”—JK Rowling received loads … Continue reading NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK!
The Water Rat of Wanchai entered my life thanks to my good friend Cindy. She passed her copy along to me saying that she’d found a brand-new crime series to binge on that she was sure I’d enjoy. I have no idea where Cindy picked it up, but judging by the evidence, her copy’s well-travelled, just like its author. The Water Rat of Wanchai is, in fact, the first novel of Canadian author Ian Hamilton, and while his story pit stops in Hong Kong, it starts out in Toronto before moving on to Seattle, then Thailand, then Guyana and … Continue reading THE WATER RAT OF WANCHAI
If you were looking for the ideal person to write a novel about the sinking of the Titanic and the failure of the closest ship in the area that night, The Californian, to come to its aid, who might that … Continue reading THE MIDNIGHT WATCH: A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian
I knew as soon as I started reading Spaceman of Bohemia that I’d be sad to leave it behind—sad to come back to earth—and I found myself at once pushing to get to the end of it and wishing it … Continue reading SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA: APART, BUT FREE