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10-pages-in book review: A Long Way Down

12 January 2006 10-pages-in

One of the best parts of the holidays is having a little bit of extra time for reading, once the chaos that is Christmas abates. By sheer luck, my turn in the queue for Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down came up after a wait of several weeks just in time for me to indulge […]

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Ten-pages-in book review: The Penelopiad

6 January 2006 10-pages-in

Time for another 10-pages-in book review. I’m a little less than a third of the way through Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, but it’s a surprisingly quick and easy read and if I don’t write this now I’ll be done the book soon. The Penelopiad is one of the first three books in an ambitious series […]

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Ten-pages-in book review: Blood Memory

20 December 2005 10-pages-in

By special request for James, who happened to ask the other day if I had any forthcoming 10-pages-in book reviews just about the time I was thinking of writing one. I come by my love of reading honestly – one of my dominant memories from childhood is of my mother curled up around a good […]

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10-pages-in book review: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

27 October 2005 10-pages-in

I love character books. A book doesn’t have to have a strong narrative structure or a lot to say, but I do love a book with endearing characters. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is a charming, unique book full of quirky characters. I first heard about it from a classmate in my French class […]

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10-pages-in: Motion Sickness and Typing

21 September 2005 10-pages-in

I’m reading two CanLit memoirs right now, one forgettable and one fabulous. So while I’m considerably more than 10 pages in to either of them, I can’t help comparing and contrasting them. The first is David Layton’s 1999 memoir and first book, Motion Sickness. It’s mostly the story of his childhood living with and without […]

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10-pages-in book review: The Bird Factory

29 August 2005 10-pages-in

I read a review of David Layton’s The Bird Factory in the newspaper, and managed to get a copy from the library in fairly short order. When I read the review, I knew it was something I’d have to read because it touches on a couple of themes dear to my heart. First, the author […]

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10-pages-in book review: Eleanor Rigby

14 July 2005 10-pages-in

I’ve just started reading Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland, so here’s my 10-pages-in book review, at about 30 give-or-take pages in. I should admit a bias up front. I have a sentimental thing for Douglas Coupland, and he could write the instruction manual for my sewing machine and I’d read it three times. And because […]

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10 pages in book review: On Writing

20 June 2005 10-pages-in

This review is a bit of a cheat on the 10-pages-in formula I set up for myself. I started reading Stephen King’s On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft on the bus on the way home on Friday, and I simply couldn’t stop reading. By the time I went to bed Friday night I was […]

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New feature: The ’10 pages in’ book review

10 June 2005 10-pages-in

I had an idea! I feel like Archemides. I’m so excited! I had an idea, and I think it’s an original idea at that. (Feel free to disabuse me of that notion if you must.) When I posted my review, if you could call it that, of The Time Traveler’s Wife, I was only about […]

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10-pages-in book review: Case Histories

10 June 2005 10-pages-in

I’m about 40 pages into Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories. I can’t remember where I read the recommendation for this book, and I wish I could. The person making a recommendation has a lot to do with my frame of mind when I start reading a book. I didn’t know a thing about it when I […]

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