By Chance Alone

In his powerful memoir, Holocaust survivor Max Eisen details his early years, his internment in Auschwitz and his emigration to Canada. When the 2019 Canada Reads longlist was announced, I had hoped By Chance Alone would be selected for the shortlist.  I suppose I would have read it eventually, but in a year where the…

The Dark Half

Following a commercial flop with his debut novel, author Thad Beaumont begins writing violent crime stories featuring tough-guy Alexis Machine under the pseudonym George Stark.  This seems to do the trick as Beaumont is massively successful.  But the urge to return to his original dramatic style brings about the end of Stark.  After a mock…

A Forgotten Hero

Forgotten Hero tells the story of Folke Bernadotte, Swedish head of The Red Cross, who had orchestrated the rescue of 30,000 Jewish women near the end of the Second World War. I received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I wouldn’t consider myself a World War II history buff…

Recursion

Where do I even begin with this one? If you could place your current consciousness back into your younger self, what would you change?  Would you ask out that girl?  Save a loved one from tragedy?  Would you pull a Biff Tannen and amass a fortune betting on horse racing?  Blake Crouch’s Recursion is a…

Vultures

With Vultures, Wendig takes the entirety of his six book saga and culminates it with a high-stakes chase against fate.  We pick up with Miriam after the catastrophic events of The Raptor and The Wren.  Newly pregnant and on the run, Miriam is getting ready for a final showdown with her tormentor, The Trespasser.  However,…

Kingdom Come

Following the departure of Superman and the old guard of heroes, a new generation is content to play judge, jury and execution by killing its enemies.  10 years have passed and a battle in the heartland of America results in a nuclear explosion that wipes out millions of people and effectively obliterates stockpiles of America’s…

Apathy and Other Small Victories

Apathy and Other Small Victories follows Shane, an aimless twenty eight year old wanderer.  When he’s not in bed with his landlord’s wife, he spends his time sleeping in the handicap stall of the insurance company he’s temping for.  Well, that and stealing salt shakers from diners. Shane gets caught up in a murder investigation…

Fight Club 2

Fight Club 2 picks up ten years after the events of the original novel.  Marla and the narrator – now going by Sebastian – have started a family.  Nowadays, the aforementioned Sebastian is heavily medicated due to the events of the first book.  However, in need of a “good lay”, Marla begins switching up her…