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  • The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales by Emily Brewes
    The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales by Emily Brewes My rating: 4 of 5 stars I want to confess that I’m having trouble reading anything dystopian these days because the truth is just too imaginable during the pandemic. I absolutely loved the setting of this book….something homegrown where I can imagine the PATH system in Toronto becoming a shelter, and the wilds of Northern Ontario becoming a haven. The story itself is bleak and frustrating, and continuously full of dark […]
  • The Montague Twins: #1 The Witch’s Hand
    The Witch’s Hand by Nathan Page My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m totally biased towards graphic novels and include a lot of them in collection development. This reads like a cross between Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Road to Riverdale Vol. 1 and Scooby-Doo! and the Haunted Castle. For a first in a series, there are a lot of characters to be shown, relationships to be developed, and then the mystery itself, of course. I don’t yet care about […]
  • A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel
    A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel My rating: 5 of 5 stars A revisionist historical fiction with a scifi twist…I’m worried about giving away spoilers before you’ve read it. Let’s just say that Sylvain Neuvel handles multiple time periods, and voices, with panache, in a way I’ve rarely seen before. At first I thought it was going to be sort of like Hidden Figures, but then it turned into more like VillainElle. Embedded with real historical (but […]
  • Redefining the Box
    Just like Madonna, I’m reinventing myself again and taking a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design through Royal Roads University. I’m in the last third of my teaching career but I don’t feel nearly done yet. At the same time I’ve been remote teaching since March 2020 and it just isn’t as satisfying as being face-to-face. This introductory video is my first introduction of this new identity to my diverse classmates. I look forward to your feedback.
  • Becoming Leidah by Michelle Grierson
    Becoming Leidah by Michelle Grierson My rating: 5 of 5 stars I waited so long to get my hands on this debut novel for the Nordic setting and it’s dip into mythology. It’s just a quiet little Norwegian fishing village …or is it? One of the local fishermen, Pieter, happens to catch a little something extra in his net one day….a beautiful woman named Maeva who tangles him into a passionate embrace. Together they create baby Leidah who is blue […]
  • Bottle critique
    Before reading texts this week, I glanced through Taste (Winter 2020) and noted my first impressions.  Generally, I found that the layouts of articles in Taste magazinewere comfortingly similar to the Ontario LCBO magazine Food & Wine, which I have more experience with. Yet the layout within the articles “More For Your Pour” (pp. 12-13) and “Wine & Bonbons” (pp. 58-61) use bottles of liquor on their side, which I found striking in their alignment.  In “More For Your Pour” (pp. 12 -13), the […]
  • Ode to Ozymandias – kitchen reno 2020
    I met a builder from a vapid land, Who said — “I can oust those pillars of wood, Convert your cupboards to something less bland, Give you a new artisanal range hood. My amber hands spin drywall into gold, The steel sink of your dreams is within sight I’ll replace your floors with burnished vinyl, Conjure elves to exalt this window height. And on his business card these words appear: My name is Mr. Xanadu Esquire and I can give […]
  • Changing the narrative
    My call to action: stop teaching chronologically.
  • Gutter Child by Jael Richardson
    This is the must-read book of the year and I can’t wait to teach with it.
  • Apocalypse Kitchen by Jen Mt. Pleasant
    Apocalypse Kitchen by Jen Mt. Pleasant My rating: 4 of 5 stars I can’t wait to try out the recipes! Jen has some whacky treasures of how to save and preserve food for an apocalypse. I particularly enjoyed the section on proteins. She also has a taste for spicier stuff than I usually go for. I’d like to see another section or two on fermented foods. I’ll have to report back after I give the recipes a go. Needs some […]

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