Category Archives: Muse Reviews

Why you should read Ruby, by Cynthia Bond

I have finally read an Oprah book pick before the title was selected for the honour! The reason I picked up Cynthia Bond’s Ruby is because it was nominated for the Flaherty Dunnan First Novel Award in 2014. I have read several of last year’s longlist actually, and they have all been wonderful. Ruby has […]
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Review: Daddy’s Little Princess by Cathy Glass

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across Damaged, by Cathy Glass, and was completely sucked in. I read it in one day. It was the completely heartbreaking story of a child that Cathy took in as a foster child. Because the book was so intense, I did not run out to read another of […]
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Review: Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith

When I think of a good “thriller,” I think of an adventure story that is full of suspense and mystery. Usually, the outcome of the story is a vital piece of the puzzle that makes everything that came before, make sense. It doesn’t necessarily solve all the problems, but it allows us to understand why […]
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The Golden Ass Review

Guest Review by Brent Laroche The Golden Ass is, to put it simply, the adventures of a man transformed into a donkey. Written by Lucius Apuleius in the 2nd century AD, it is one of my favourite books to have survived from ancient Rome. This was my second time reading it. I read the 1976 […]
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The Quick: Why I quit reading after 90 pages

I usually don’t sit down to write immediately after wrapping up a book. I like to give myself at least 24 hours to both distance myself from the emotion of the story, and let the meaningful themes and ideas sink in. But tonight, I am a bit upset, and I’m not waiting. And if this book […]
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Review: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

Do you ever get that amazing feeling where something so awesome happens that you want to squeal out loud, dance around and and do a fist pump? If that kind of thing ever happens to you, Saroo Brierley’s story is sure to bring on one of those moments. It might even bring on your first […]
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Review: All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

When you can see a part of yourself or a loved one in a character of a book without any stretch of the imagination, you know the author knows how to write well. While of course not every facet of any character will apply to any one person, sometimes they just seem so real— a […]
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Review: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

Have you ever read a book, and within about five pages you can tell by the persona of the narrator that every single person who reads this book will either hate the protagonist, or love him in a very human but somewhat twisted way? Read Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch and you […]
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

My grandfather was a ferry pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.  He died when I was too young to really discuss it with him, but essentially his duty involved flying new aircraft manufactured in North America over to Britain.  And this was at a time when trans-atlantic fligths were no […]
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June is National Aboriginal History Month

I first heard of John Demos’ latest book, The Heathen School on an NPR Books podcast. They featured a great teaser for the listeners and it certainly piqued my interest. The premise of this school was to bring in “heathens”— native americans and asians predominantly, educate in the language, religion and culture of a Christ-centic […]
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