What I am Reading

The Rage Room by Lisa de Nikolits

A dystopian satire using time travel and humour, not to mention whimsy, The Rage Room refuses to be hemmed in by category. Energized by rage and frustration, our main man Sharps lurches from one disaster to another in an effort to correct one big mistake. But there is a lot more than that going on in this unique novel. Read it for fun or read it for the thoughtful roman à thèse at its core. Just read it! It will pull you along on a ride like no other!

Brother, the second award-winning novel by David Chariandy is a paean of love to his older brother Francis. Set in the east end of Scarborough north, it is the kind of book that opens one’s eyes to what is underneath the surface of what we think we know. The writing is simple yet sparkles with unexpected ways of looking at ordinary things, finding beauty in surprising places. He shows how easy it is to slip into bad company, the boys one goes to school with, the ones who live all around you in the yellowing high rises. It is a beautiful book and one I highly recommend.

This book is truly spell-binding, drawing in the reader and then, drip by drip, revealing what really happened out in the cold parking lot out by the frozen lake. The story studies in detail how loss and abuse scars the soul. The writing is beautiful, making us hear and smell and feel the biting cold, the crunch of snow, the freezing wind. As you read on, you gradually come to understand how apt the title is. This novel is a work of art!

About Caro Soles

Writer in several genres, lover of dachshunds and opera, with some ballet thrown in for good measure. I founded the Bloody Words Mystery Conference, which ran for 14 years as well as the Bony Blithe Award for Canadian Light Mysteries, but that, too, has come to an end. My latest novel is The River District, a look at the seamy side of Merculian.
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