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Book reviews - A couple of these were written in December but not posted here so I'm doing it now. No Such Creature by Giles Blunt About No Such Creature: A pair of thieves — one old, one young — spend the summer...

Inside Out Girl by Tish Cohen (and a bit about author readings) - About Inside Out Girl: An overprotective mother meets a widowed father and his unusual daughter. A heartwarming story that made me laugh often. Keep the tissues handy though, just in case. Full review: Inside Out Girl by Tish Cohen...

The first 3 reviews - These are the first three reviews for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge for which I'm reading thirteen books by authors on my MySpace friends list. The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper About The Killing Circle: Patrick's son has been kidnapped...

The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge, Eh? - Since my reading habits haven't changed and since I enjoyed the first one so much, I signed on for the next round of the Canadian Book Challenge. Same straightforward rules but a full year in which to complete it...

Finished! - The final three reviews to complete the 1st Canadian Book Challenge. I actually read 21 books by Canadian authors during the allotted time but haven't reviewed all of them yet. The 2nd challenge starts tomorrow! Join us! A Bird in...

Spider's Song by Anita Daher - About Spider's Song: AJ, stuck in Yellowknife with her grandmother, meets a man from her mother's past. An intense story with a prickly yet sensitive main character and the added feature of a lesson for parents. I enjoyed it....

The Curse of the Shaman by Michael Kusugak - About The Curse of the Shaman: Instead of agreeing to an arranged marriage for his daughter, a short-tempered shaman cursed young Wolverine, much to the delight of the shaman's grumpy animal spirit. This was a fascinating book that I...

A Killing Spring by Gail Bowen - About A Killing Spring: The head of the School of Journalism at Joanne Kilbourn's university is found dead in a scandalous position. Meanwhile, one of Joanne's students is missing and her friend Jill is not acting like herself. The...

Sointula by Bill Gaston - About Sointula: A woman sets out in a stolen kayak to find her estranged son with an incompetent travel writer as her companion. I don't know that I would want to spend time with any of the characters but...

Sign of the Cross by Anne Emery (and other stuff) - About Sign of the Cross: A young woman has been murdered and all of the evidence points to Father Brennan Burke. An entertaining fast-paced mystery with a good cast of characters. I will definitely be reading everything in this...

Icefields by Thomas Wharton - About Icefields: On a climbing expedition in 1898, Dr. Ned Byrne slipped into a crevasse in the Arcturus Glacier. What he saw while he waited for rescue would haunt him for the next 25 years. Quiet, understated, well-written, and...

South of an Unnamed Creek by Anne Cameron - Good story, good sense of time and place, too many main characters. Full review: South of an Unnamed Creek by Anne Cameron This book was my choice for the Yukon for the Canadian book challenge. Canadian book challenge update:...

King Leary by Paul Quarrington (and other stuff) - Given how much I disliked the book at the beginning, I was surprised by how much I cared at the end and how affected I was. Full review: King Leary by Paul Quarrington This book was my choice for...

The Big Why by Michael Winter - I didn't like Kent, I didn't like the random punctuation, and I wouldn't say I liked the book exactly but I did admire it. Winter is a talented writer and this book made me curious enough that I will...

Atonement by Gaétan Soucy - Atonement is an odd and oddly fascinating book about the perils of memory and the benefits of forgetfulness. It won't be to everyone's taste because, as I said, it's odd. I liked the book but I think it will...

Canadian Book Challenge - I've never joined a reading challenge before but this one seemed like a good one to try, given that Canadian authors are mostly what I'm reading these days. The rules are simple: read 13 Canadian books (books by Canadians...