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Lindy
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. 6d
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) 6d
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy oh I haven‘t seen this one! Off to see if the library has it. 5d
Penny_LiteraryHoarders And they have it on order! 5d
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders One more story left to read, but I already know I will give the book 5 stars. 😊 5d
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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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“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! 3w
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. 3w
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Lindy
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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The Apollo Murders | Chris Hadfield
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Unlike the way I kept stopping to wonder about the science in Weir‘s The Martian, I trusted all the space technology stuff in Hadfield‘s writing & just immersed myself in the setting, enjoying the psychological thrill of a suspenseful mystery set during the Cold War between the USA & the Soviets. I was reminded of the cool facts in Roach‘s Packing for Mars. I loved the woman cosmonaut & all the character dynamics. #Audiobook read by Ray Porter.

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