Review: Greener Than Eden

Greener Than Eden by Michael Kohn Cormorant Books 2006 Trade Paperback with Flaps 252 pages Fiction

Noah is kicked out of York University in Toronto for protesting the chopping down of his favourite tree to make room for a new carpark – an ironic stab at York’s treeless campus? – and faces a stint in […]

Review: Berth

Berth by Carol Bruneau Cormorant Books 2005 Hardcover 374 pages Fiction

Willa and her son, Alex (whom everyone calls “Sonny”), are constantly on the move, following her husband who works as a helicopter mechanic on various military bases. He’s an absentee father – when he comes home in the evening he just watches tv or […]

Review: The Perfect Circle

The Perfect Circle by Pascale Quiviger Translated by Sheila Fischman Cormorant Books 2006 Trade Paperback 224 pages Fiction

This is not a quick read, it’s not one for the subway or your lunch break, but it is one for delving and imagining and running off to Italy with.

It opens with a passage in […]

Review: The Tenth Circle

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult Illustrations by Dustin Weaver Atria Books 2006 Trade Paperback 387 pages Fiction; Graphic Novel

This is only the third Jodi Picoult book I’ve read, after Salem Falls and My Sister’s Keeper, and it’s not as good as those two. That said, there are some great things about this book. […]

Review: Ptolemy's Gate

Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud Bartimaeus Trilogy #3 Corgi 2005 Trade Paperback 515 pages YA Fantasy

This is a great ending to an excellent trilogy. I’ve said it before and I’m not ashamed to say it again: don’t let the marketing towards the Young Adult bracket put you off; as an adult, and avid adult […]

Review: The Golem's Eye

The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud Bartimaeus Trilogy #2 Corgi 2004 Mass Market Paperback 570 pages YA Fantasy

I’m terrible at giving summaries of the middle books in series – how do you explain what’s going on without giving away all of book 1? So I’m doing what I try not to do: resort to […]

Review: The Amulet of Samarkand

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud Bartimaeus Trilogy #1 Corgi 2004 (2003) Mass Market Paperback 492 pages YA Fantasy

Although this promising start to a new trilogy by Jonathan Stroud gets all-too-often compared to Harry Potter (wizards in London), it takes quite a different turn.

In a world of bureaucratic magicians who get […]

Review: Made to Break

Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America by Giles Slade Harvard University Press 2006 Hardcover 336 pages Non-Fiction: History, Science & Technology

Anyone interested in education, the environment, government policy, corporations, innovation and invention, and fads, will get a lot out of this book.

Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America details […]