Living Up to Its Bleak Title

Bleak Seasons: Book One of Glittering Stone by Glen Cook is the sixth chronicle of the Black Company. I found it as I was combing the paperback section in my local library for a pulpy fantasy piece of fiction. This is something that I pursue with a certain amount of trepidation. Fantasy, in general, has fallen into the trap of the most popular authors regurgitating the same tropes that made them popular in the first place, just with only slight variations. In some cases it is so bad that I have had the memory blur, being positive that I have read the book I am currently holding. There are a few friends that I go to for fantasy picks, but other than them, I have had trouble in finding something that is fresh and original. Continue reading

Holiday Reading

Alright!  Holidays are here and I am looking forward to having some time between the covers of Blood Sports, Eden Robinson’s new one.  I loved Monkey Beach, so I am anxious to see what she can do with this one.  Bit nervous about finding it in the discount bin already though.

Keeping with the indigenous authors theme, I have also got Richard Wagamese’s latest Dream Wheels.  For a bit of escapism, the sequel to Dracula, by Stoker’s great-grand nephew Dacre titled Dracula: The Un-dead.  I also have Eating Crow, the book mentioned in The Walrus article that kicked off this blog.  From there, I will read whatever else I come across.

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The Plan

Welcome to my attempt at an on-line book club, whose goal is to bring readers together from all over without the pressure of being together in the same room (or same city) to discuss literature.

The first piece is yet to be chosen as of yet.  Please do apply for membership though, not only will you be able to say that you were here for the start, maybe you will have the chance to contribute to the choice of the first article!