Tomboy Survival Guide

Ivan Coyote recounts their time growing up a tomboy in Northern Canada as well as the struggle they endured – and continue to endure – surrounding their gender identity. It’s not often I’ll approach a writer eleven books deep into their catalog without beginning at the beginning but given this is more of a catch-all…

Full Throttle

Joe Hill returns with his second short story collection, Full Throttle. Of the thirteen stories included, only two of them are new and exclusive to the collection (“Late Returns” & “Mums”).  I had previously read three of the remaining eleven (“Faun”, “Thumbprint” and “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead”), which left me with 10…

The Testaments

Margaret Atwood returns to Gilead more than fifteen years after the events at the conclusion of The Handmaid’s Tale.  Broken up by three narrators, The Testaments tells of the collapse of Gilead and the events that led to its demise. When Margaret Atwood announced a sequel to her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, the collective…

The Institute

Tim Jamieson stumbles into the sleepy South Carolina town of DuPray.  A former police officer, Tim works his way up the law enforcement ladder from glorified night watchman to cop proper – gun and all.  However, that’s the last we’ll hear from Tim before the story shifts focus. Luke Ellis is a gifted child.  At…

The Grim Reaper

The Grim Reaper is the story of former NHL tough guy Stu Grimson. During the course of his NHL career, Stu played with eight different teams – Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators. Drafted by the Red Wings in 1983…

40 Nickels

After the events of Dead Clown Blues, Carnegie Fitch is without a workplace and without steady work.  Now he spends his days gulping down coffee from a diner he now considers home base.  Fitch’s dry spell ends when he’s hired to look into a shady street corner snake oil salesman promising miracle cures in exchange…