Reviews and Blog Posts: Canada

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by Franck Thilliez

Reviewer Rating:
3

The first of Thilliez's novels to be translated into English, this mystery encompasses neuroscience, 2 loner detectives, and horrifying incidents all over the world. An unsettling film and several murders set detective Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Franck Sharko to investigating a series of crimes that reach back to the 1950s...

How poetry saved my life : a hustler's memoir

by Amber Dawn

Reviewer Rating:
3

You'd think one thing if I told you that this was a memoir by a sex worker. You'd think another if I told you this was a memoir about the power of words to get you through life's challenges. How Poetry Saved My Life is both of these things, told...

Gender failure

by Ivan E. (Ivan Elizabeth) Coyote

Reviewer Rating:
4

This book will challenge your notions about gender, including the male/female binary and what transgender means to you. Coyote and Spoon created this book out of live performances they did all over Canada and the United States, shows that incorporated music, animation, and stories. Along with the stories, photographs, song...

For today I am a boy

by Kim Fu

Reviewer Rating:
4

A beautifully written exploration of identity and fitting in. Peter Huang was born in a small town in Canada to first generation immigrants from China. His father, delighted to have a boy after 2 girls, names him Juan Chaun, "powerful king." Peter grows up with his three sisters, knowing inside...

Monsieur Lazhar

Reviewer Rating:
4

  An unfortunate accident leads to the demise of the French teacher in a suburban school and an immigrant from Algeria is hired to replace her. He soon finds though that helping children deal with grief is no small feat especially given the principal's desire for life to return to...

Murdoch mysteries. Season one

Reviewer Rating:
5

Set in turn of the century Toronto, Detective William Murdoch makes cutting edge forensic advances with the help of the fetching coroner, Dr. Juila Ogden. Featuring fascinating historical touchstones and an endearing line-up of supporting characters, this murder mystery TV series focuses on forensic science without being gory. One of...

How the light gets in

by Louise Penny

Reviewer Rating:
4

I’ve enjoyed Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series not only because the characters are well-developed but you want to visit Three Pines and hang out by the hearth with them on a snowy Canadian evening.

Continuum. Season one

For those of you who watch Sci-Fi purely for the tech, you won't be disappointed. This is an interesting take on time travel and associated quandaries as well as a discussion about the extreme conclusion of privatization and how tech changes the way that we think. The stories take place...

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