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Book Review: Mad Richard

Category: Feliks Jezioranski, Issue 76, News, Reviews

  Mad Richard Lesley Krueger, 328 pgs, ECW Press, ecwpress.com, $18.95 Lesley Krueger’s novel tracks the rise and fall of painter Richard Dadd; the latter years of Charlotte Brontë’s life, after she lost the last of her siblings; and touches on the success and personality of Charles Dickens. Mad Richard is a book of elaborate […]

Book Review: Gambling With Fire

Gambling With Fire, David Montrose, 207 pgs, Vehicule Press, vehiculepress.com, $14.95 Of particular interest to Canadian readers of this classic Noir is its setting. David Montrose provides a topography of post-war Montreal that called to mind Chandler’s Los Angeles. Dark houses huddled in winding streets cut through low elevations create a sense of isolation, danger, […]

Book Review: Strike Anywhere

Strike Anywhere Michael Lista, 223 pgs, The Porcupine’s Quill, porcupinesquill.ca “[T]here’s an intrinsic value in discovering what writers think of each other’s work. The purpose of a review, good or bad, is to begin a conversation, not to end it,”  writes Michael Lista in Strike Anywhere, a collection of his reviews. Poet and former poetry […]

Book Review: Arms From the Sea

Arms From the Sea, Rich Shapero, 193 pgs, TooFar Media, richshapero.com, $9.99 USD   Rich Shapero is best known for having made a lot of money doing the California tech thing and then using some of that money – what would be a fortune to most of us – to self-publish, market and distribute a book called Wild […]

Book Review: For All the Men and Some of the Women I’ve Known

For All the Men and Some of the Women I’ve Known, Danila Botha, 152 pgs, Tightrope Books, tightropebooks.com, $21.95 Most stories in this collection explore the fraught relationship between two urban stereotypes. The prose is unadorned with typical urbanite cultural artifacts galore. You could meet almost every character in this book by spending an afternoon […]

Book Review: The Keys of My Prison

The Keys of My Prison, Frances Shelly Wees, 187 pgs , Véhicule Press,, vehiculepress.com,$14.95 The Keys of My Prison deserves to be elevated to a classic of Canadian literature. Originally published in 1956, it has been out of print since 1966. Hopefully this new edition, part of Véhicule’s Ricochet Books imprint, which features vintage Canadian […]

Book Review: Centring the Margins

Book Review: Somewhere a Long and Happy Life Probably Awaits You

Book Review: Price Paid, The Fight for First Nations Survival

Book Review: Waiting For The Cyclone

Book Review: Live from the Underground

Book Review: Saints, Unexpected

Book Review: Calls Across the Pacific

Book Review: Flight Instructions for the Commitment Impaired