Review Catch-up #2 - Speculative Fiction

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie Imperial Radch #1 Orbit 2013 Trade Paperback 384 pages Science Fiction; Space Opera; Science Fantasy

The last book I read in 2016 was easily one of the best. I had read a short review of this trilogy in the Review section of the Weekend Australian (the Review section is […]

Review: Sussex Drive

Sussex Drive by Linda Svendsen Random House Canada 2012 Trade Paperback with Flaps 350 pages Fiction; Satire

Sussex Drive takes place between August 2008 and May 2009, and is a direct, embellished satirisation of the minority government at that time, led by prime minister Stephen Harper (who’s still in office). In Svendsen’s novel, the […]

Review: Gods Behaving Badly

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips Vintage Canada 2008 (2007) Trade Paperback 277 pages Fiction; Satire

I’ve always considered the Greek gods to be one of the earliest incarnations of the soap opera: the large, tight-knit and incestuous family full of backstabbing, trickery, deceit, love, lust, betrayal, vanity, bravery and chiselled jawlines. They’re perfect for […]

Review: The Woefield Poultry Collective

The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby U.S. title: Home to Woefield HarperCollins 2011 Trade Paperback with Flaps 306 pages Fiction; Satire

I have just finished reading this book; I read it between yesterday afternoon and this morning and it was just what I needed: fun, funny, endearing, and didn’t require a great deal of […]

Review: The Maintenance of Headway

The Maintenance of Headway by Magnus Mills Bloomsbury 2010 (2009) Paperback 152 pages Fiction; Satire

This was the third book I read for the 24-hour readathon in October, and the perfect kind of book for it too. The unnamed narrator (who could be based on Mills himself, who was once a bus driver), takes us […]

Review: A Case of Exploding Mangoes

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif Anchor Canada 2009 (2008) Trade Paperback 323 pages Fiction; Satire

On the 17th of August, 1988, Pakistani president General Zia ul-Haq was killed when his plane crashed, along with the American ambassador Arnold Raphel. Because of his position as a deeply Islamic leader and his direct involvement […]

Review: Heart of a Dog

Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov Other titles: The Heart of a Dog and A Dog’s Heart Translated by Mirra Ginsburg Grove Press 1968 Trade Paperback 123 pages Fiction; Satire; Speculative Fiction

Written in Russian in 1925 by the author of The Master and Margarita (his more famous book, which is on my to-read […]