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Lindy
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It‘s a cozy mystery with three butlers… and none of the butlers are responsible for the murder. Helen—a former Buddhist nun and recent graduate of butler school—investigates a murder at a fictional meditation retreat centre which is based on the real Hollyhock of Cortes Island off the coast of British Columbia. Amusing fluff with a really great central character. #ShadowGiller2022 #CanadianAuthor

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Personal Attention Roleplay | Helen Chau Bradley
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It‘s hard for me to pick a favourite story because every one of them is strong in this debut collection by Helen Chau Bradley, a queer Canadian author who uses they/them pronouns. The two I will probably think about the most are the title story, which is about becoming dependent on a particular ASMR video channel; and the final story, which is about an all-women punk band on tour. #LGBTQ #CanLit #ShadowGiller2022

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Mansions of the Moon | Shyam Selvadurai
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This epic historical novel goes way back in time in India, imagining the life of a prince who became the Buddha. He left all worldly goods & responsibilities behind—including his wife & infant son—and spent years meditating & wandering. So what about his wife Yasodhara? The main viewpoint is hers and kept me captivated throughout. She became so real to me & I suffered along with her. A fine audiobook with richly evoked setting & Buddhist ideas.

Lindy #CanLit #ShadowGiller2022 Audiobook read by Ellora Patnaik and Ali Kazmi. 4w
LeahBergen Great review! I think the only novel of his I‘ve read is Funny Boy. 🤔 4w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Do you think this is a good Longlist contender? I‘m waiting patiently for my turn to read it. 4w
Lindy @LeahBergen Thanks, Leah. I‘ve read all of his novels and this one isn‘t at all like the others except in the high quality of prose. 4w
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders No, I don‘t think it‘s a longlist contender but I would be happy see it there. 4w
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All the Seas of the World | Guy Gavriel Kay
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I love the fierce MC Nadia, who was captured by pirates as a girl, sold into slavery, & then freed herself, which is where this immersive fantasy begins. It‘s a standalone, with ties to Kay‘s earlier novels set in the same alternate history Mediterranean & Middle Eastern world, where 3 religions parallel our 3 western faiths. Geopolitics, war & romance. Just a touch of the fantastical (which mainly serves as a plot device). Audio by Simon Vance.

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Lindy
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Dark, funny and subversive. This fairytale-like novel set in 19th c Montreal has playful parallels to the French Revolution, transposing male historical figures into female characters. The frenemies around which the plot swirls show how passionate & how cruel girls can be to each other. Women‘s labour rights are another important aspect to the story; combined with the lesbian erotic elements, it brings Tipping the Velvet to mind. #CanLit #LGBTQ

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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A strong narrative propels this time travel tale, bringing all the pieces neatly together at the end, yet leaving me with a delightful sense of wonder & the question: What is reality? Also delightful: walk-ons by characters from The Glass Hotel, plus an obviously autobiographical section (set in 2203) about an author (who lives on a moon colony) touring one of her previous novels (about a pandemic) because it‘s being made into a film. #Canadian

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Will this one work for me?? We shall soon see! 😉 I am in a long line at the library for it though. 1mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders It‘s not as convoluted as the Glass Hotel. I hope you like it. So far I don‘t have strong feelings about any of the Giller contenders that I‘ve finished. I‘m excited about the one I‘m in the middle of, though: (edited) 1mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy oh I haven‘t seen this one! Off to see if the library has it. 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders And they have it on order! 1mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders One more story left to read, but I already know I will give the book 5 stars. 😊 1mo
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Lindy
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Light touches of science fiction, horror or fantastical elements give these twelve tightly-wrought stories an unsettling quality. My favourites include Liddy, First to Fly—a girl grows wings; June Bugs—a nightmarish beetle infestation; and Do You Remember Candy—the generational divide regarding nostalgia for the taste of food. #CanadianAuthor #shadowgiller2022

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Lindy
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“Tonight, ghosts of misery will invite themselves in & feast upon my sorrow, leaving me in hunger & solitude.”
Lebanese Canadian Rawi Hage taps into quiet desperation & the absurdity of humanity in his new collection of stories. The protagonists—eccentric intellectuals, dreamers, sad clownish men—have the temperament & peculiar ideas that keep them out of step with other people. Dark humour & exquisite prose kept me enthralled. #shadowgiller2022

Leftcoastzen 🐶cuteness! 2mo
Lindy @Leftcoastzen Ha! Thanks. She‘s not a stray by any stretch of the imagination, but she didn‘t mend being included in this photo shoot. 2mo
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Tides | Sara Freeman
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“How could she explain it? That there was something whole she wanted severed. Something clean she needed soiled.” The grief-struck central character is in bad shape, having escaped her old life but unable to escape herself. I had difficulty feeling compassion as I witnessed her self-sabotaging behaviour. What I found missing from the prose is some up-and-downess, if you know what I mean. Something to relieve the bleak flatness. #shadowGiller2022

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The Spirits Up | Todd Babiak
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A feel-good Christmas ghost story set in contemporary Edmonton, mid-pandemic. Rags to riches, multiple points of view, multiple ghosts. Charles Dickens would probably approve. I certainly did. #Audiobook read by Jennifer Wigmore. #Canadian #ShadowGiller2022

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