Item #29: Salt Rock

Today brought a few reminders that I’m way behind on my 100 objects project. The second occurred when I looked back at my list so far and saw that it seemed that I’d missed a number in my inventory, resulting in a review of all items and several trips down memory lanes, cul-de-sacs, and back... Continue Reading →

Book report #15 (2022)

The Childhood of Jesus, by JM Coetzee. Pub 2013 I don’t know what I was expecting with this book. I thought perhaps it would be a take on the childhood years of Jesus Christ, a period that is not covered in any great detail in the bible and so subject to much speculation, conjecture, and... Continue Reading →

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

Annual #tellastory day and Pop’s birthday, and so another pop tale. I don’t recall exactly when it arrived in our home, but at some point when I was young, Pop acquired a banjo. He would spend hours in the evenings and weekends plinking and plunking away, often playing along with something on the stereo or... Continue Reading →

Book report #14 (2022)

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. Pub 2005 I don't recall where I heard about this book, but it must have been in late 2021 because it was on the list I gave as Christmas suggestions. I am very glad I did and that it was included in that Christmas bounty, as it was excellent.... Continue Reading →

Book report #13 (2022)

The Overstory, by Richard Powers. Pub 2018 This book was a slog and a half. I started it in the first week of January and have whittled away at it over the past 3 months, finally closing it this past weekend. It is long but felt oh-so-much longer with its complex and convoluted characters and... Continue Reading →

Book report extra #2* (2022)

A Deceptive Devotion, by Iona Whishaw. Pub 2019 Book 6 in the Lane Winslow series continues the thread of intrigue and spy-craft from Book 4, with Soviet, British, and Canadian intelligence agencies battling to secure a retiring spy and his important information. As usual, all the plot lines end up leading to Lane’s lovely house... Continue Reading →

Book report #12 (2022)

When We Cease to Understand the World, by Benjamín Labatut. Translation by Adrian Nathan West. Pub 2020 This book was an impulse purchase. At the bookstore to collect some books for work, I overheard the clerk telling another customer about this one and was intrigued by her effusive praise for the strange science and compelling... Continue Reading →

Book report #11 (2022)

Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro. Pub 2021 I selected this book as a Christmas present, based on my recent reads of other Ishiguro works. Oddly, I have not read his most famous, The Remains of the Day, but I suppose that will happen eventually. Klara is an android/robot, known in the novel's world as... Continue Reading →

Book report #10 (2022)

Corvus, by Harold Johnson. Pub 2015 This book was a recommendation from a good and old friend. Harold Johnson was an Indigenous writer and former lawyer from Northern Saskatchewan, and his novels reflect that experience and location. This novel incorporates some sci-fi technology that is likely not that far-fetched, and presents yet another dystopian world,... Continue Reading →

Book report #9 (2022)

Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell. Pub 1949. As I saw on Twitter recently, satire writers are having a hard time these days keeping up with reality. In the current state of the world, reality seems like it must be satire, and writers have difficulty making up things that are too absurd. There are also plenty... Continue Reading →

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