The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church

Meridian Wallace is a brilliant student studying to be an ornithologist when she meets a physics professor and falls in love. Early in their relationship, he moves to the remote southwest to work on a top secret project. Putting her dreams on hold, she follows him and takes on the traditional role of wife, notContinue reading “The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church”

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

This is a novel of substance and despair. It is a collection of oddities, and strange ones at that. It is the story of a displaced epiglottis and partial blindness and willful dissidence (read: teenage angst).   It is the story of being miles from okay and learning to actually be okay with that. Mary IrisContinue reading “Mosquitoland by David Arnold”

The Marauders by Tom Cooper

What do you do when a book can make you sympathetic to a drug addicted man who neglects his estranged wife and daughter and hunts for treasure when he should be working? You love it. To quote Esquire Tom Cooper’s The Marauders is “more fun that a book about the aftermath of an ecological disasterContinue reading “The Marauders by Tom Cooper”

The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan

As I sit here, it just so happens – conveniently – that a raging thunderstorm is passing over the city. If there is any review that deserves to be written while surrounded by dark and gloomy weather, it is The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan. The novel opens with one of the darkest scenes I’ve read in recentContinue reading “The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan”

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Graphic, bold, riveting, unflinching, dark, difficult and lovely can all be used to describe Cynthia Bond’s debut novel Ruby. At its heart, it’s a love story – Ephram Jennings loves Ruby Bell and that’s all you really need to know. It’s a one-sided love, one which Ephram suffers for, but he’s not willing to compromise.Continue reading “Ruby by Cynthia Bond”

The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson

I was trying to find a suitable way to review a book that made me want to find the bottom of the nearest bottle of wine while simultaneously quoting Bob Dylan (as I’m wont to do when feeling maudlin), I came up with two approaches. I’ll let you be the judge. Approach one, short andContinue reading “The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson”

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrienne Harun

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. So they say. But the devil is alive and well in northwestern Vancouver. And there’s more than one. There’s neglect, poverty, and abuse. There’s chosen ignorance, meth, and moonshine. There is the tyrannical drug dealer and his violent enforcers, the meth manufacturer and the rowdyContinue reading “A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrienne Harun”

Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun

In the last decade, pop culture has embraced the coming apocalypse with open arms. It’s inevitable; the only question left is how. Is it the flu? Zombies? Nuclear explosion? Asteroid?* Because clearly, regardless of which method, it’s coming. Personally, I love zombies. I don’t care that (nearly) everyone else loves zombies too.  Through the brillianceContinue reading “Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun”


The western is dead. Or so you’ve been told. It’s been declared dead more times than Justin Bieber and that’s really saying something. While this declaration usually pertains more to films than fiction, it’s often applied to both. Westerns certainly aren’t enjoying the same success as they did in the 50s and 60s (or evenContinue reading “ROAD TO RECKONING BY ROBERT LAUTNER”