Tetris: The Games People Play

Box Brown came onto my radar when he released his graphic novel treatment about the life of Andre The Giant.  While I’ve yet to read it, the critical acclaim he received for his work at the time made me want to seek out his other writings.  Unfortunately, Box Brown, along with several other things, seemed…

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

“Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth.  The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to the seeker after it.” – Hercule Poirot. A small English village is rocked by the sudden suicide of Mrs. Ferrars, a widow long-rumoured to have poisoned her husband.  Less than a day later, her…

The Raptor & The Wren

Following the death of her Mother, Miriam is squatting in her home in Florida liberating the recently deceased of their now useless medication.  All this changes when a figure from her past arrives on her doorstep with some unsettling news – Miriam’s become somewhat of an obsession for a small group of users on Reddit. …

Rise of the Mudmen

Set in Sydney, on the island of  Cape Breton in 1986, Rise of the Mudmen follows a group of teenagers as they deal with the fallout from a virus that is spreading like wildfire through the east coast community turning their friends, family and neighbors into the undead. The story is told through alternating viewpoints…

Crazy Like A Fox

Crazy Like a Fox is the story of the career of Brian Pillman. Heralded as one of the greatest wrestler biographies ever written, author Liam O’Rourke takes you through the unique, albeit brief, career of Brian Pillman.  Through his early days playing football in the NFL and CFL, to his final days as a performer…

The Marrow Thieves

In Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves, the cautioned consequences of climate change have arrived.  The Northern Ice has melted shifting coastlines inward, storms have become more powerful than ever causing numerous fossil fuel disasters and populations have begun to cluster in larger areas leaving small towns and communities behind. Many people have lost the ability…

Night Shift

Over the years I’ve struggled with short story collections as I’m very much a long-form kind of guy. I especially dislike the start/stop of short story collections – you get invested in a character or a story and in fifteen or twenty pages it’s done. Kind of like driving down a highway and smashing into…

Forgiveness

In Forgiveness, Mark Sakamoto tells the story of his maternal grandfather, Ralph MacLean, who had spent a number of years clinging to life as a POW in a Japanese prison camp during the second World War and his paternal grandmother, Mitsue Sakamoto, who had been forced from her home and province following the bombing of…