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327. The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugten

The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugten
Rating: (3/5)
(Kindle) - (US) - (Canada) - (UK)
Oct. 29, 2013, Harlequin MIRA, 368 pgs
Age: (18+)

"In a riveting exploration of the power the past wields over the present, critically acclaimed author Antoinette van Heugten writes the story of a woman whose child's life hangs in the balance, forcing her to confront the roots of her family's troubled history in the dark days of World War II… 

It's the stuff of nightmares: Nora de Jong returns home from work one ordinary day to find her mother has been murdered. Her infant daughter is missing. And the only clue is the body of an unknown man on the living-room floor, clutching a Luger in his cold, dead hand. 

Frantic to find Rose, Nora puts aside her grief and frustration to start her own search. But the contents of a locked metal box she finds in her parents' attic leave her with as many questions as answers—and suggest the killer was not a stranger. Saving her daughter means d…

320. Unseen by Karin Slaughter

Unseen by Karin Slaughter
Will Trent, book 7

Rating: (5/5)
(Kindle) - (US) - (Canada) - (UK)
Jul. 2, 2013, Delacorte Press/Random House, 382 pgs
Age: 18+

"Will Trent is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent whose latest case has him posing as Bill Black, a scary ex-con who rides a motorcycle around Macon, Georgia, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. The cover has worked and he has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer who thinks he might be a useful ally. But undercover and cut off from the support of the woman he loves, Sara Linton, Will finds his demons catching up with him.

Although she has no idea where Will has gone, or why, Sara herself has come to Macon because of a cop shooting: Her stepson, Jared, has been gunned down in his own home. Sara holds Lena, Jared’s wife, responsible: Lena, a detective, has been a magnet for trouble all her life, and Jared’s shooting is not the first time someone Sara loved got caught in the crossfire. Furious, Sara finds herse…

R.I.P. Lou Scheimer

"Emmy-winning animation giant Lou Scheimer, founder of Filmation Studios, which produced toon series including “Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids,” “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” and even the animated version of “Star Trek,” died Thursday (Oct. 17, 2013). He was 84. The cause of death was not revealed, but Scheimer had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and had had quadruple bypass heart surgery."

I just heard of Lou's death and loved his work so much!  I reviewed his memoirs earlier this year and highly recommend the book.  I'm re-posting that review today.

Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation by Lou Scheimer with Andy Mangels (5/5)

(US) - (Canada)

Nov. 7, 2012, TwoMorrows Publishing, 288 pgs
Age: 18+

"Hailed as one of the fathers of Saturday morning television, Lou Scheimer was the co-founder of Filmation Studios, which for over 25 years provided animated excitement for TV and film. Always at the forefront, Scheimer’…

315. Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman by Dav Pilkey

Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman by Dav Pilkey
Captain Underpants, 5

Rating: (5/5)
(Kindle) - (US) - (Canada) - (UK)
2001, Scholastic, 176 pgs
Age: 7+

"Watch out, world — it's wedgie power with a vengeance when Captain Underpants faces the wickedest, wildest villain yet!

George Beard and Harold Hutchins don't get straight A's, aren't sports stars, and can barely walk down the hallway without getting into trouble. But they have one thing that most folks at their school don't have: Imagination. And that drives their mean homeroom teacher, Ms. Ribble, crazy!

This time, George and Harold have imagined up a comic book where Ms. Ribble turns into an evil, bionic-powered, wedgie-giving wacko. And now she's mad enough to flunk them out of fourth grade. Will Ms. Ribble's revenge ruin our heroes' hopes? This looks like another job for Captain Underpants!"
Borrowed a copy from my local library.

Another fun story of adventure for Ha…

7th Annual Canadian Challenge - FINISHED

Time for me to officially recognize that I'm in the 7th Annual Canadian Challenge, now that I've read my first book!  I just love the logo this year!  Rules are the same as usual but I'll briefly put them as points.

Runs July 1, 2013 - Jun 30, 2014
sign-ups/rules here
Books by Canadian authors, set in Canada or about Canada count
Read 13 books, but more is welcome.
Monthly post your status.

Post reviews here.

My list of books read:

1. Thieves & Kings, Vol. 6: Apprentices, Part One by Mark Oakley
2. Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray* (CDN) & Elizabeth Gundy
3. A Journey Through History: A Guide to the Niagara Parkway from Chippawa to Black Creek by Paul Krueger
4. Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee
5. A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
6. The Accident by Linwood Barclay
7. Sleeping Funny, stories by Miranda Hill
8. Lost Cause by John Wilson
9. A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva
10. The Hypno…

313. Analog: The Best of Science Fiction compiled from Analog Magazine

Analog: The Best of Science Fiction compiled from Analog Magazine (formerly Astounding Science Fiction)

Rating: (3.5/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (UK)

1982, Galahad Books, 621 pgs
Age: 18+

"32 short stories of science fiction by the best: del Rey, Bester, Clarke, Simak, Harrison, Pohl, Haldeman and many others."

Purchased a secondhand copy from a used book store.

This review and table of contents is for the 1982 edition published by Galahad Books, the cover is the same as the 1994 edition.  While the cover states that the stories are "from the 20s to the present" they are actually from 1939 to the 70s.
1. The Day is Done by Lester Del Rey (1939) - I read an old kids' space story by this author once ages ago.  This story though is hardly what I call science fiction.  Set in prehistoric times it is the tale of an old Neanderthal man (Hairy Ones), probably the last of his kind, bemoaning his last days now that the Cro-Magnon man (Talkers) have taken over the land.  A poigna…

311. Joe Victim by Paul Cleave

Joe Victim by Paul Cleave Christchurch Murders, #7
Rating: (4/5)
(Kindle) - (US) - (Canada) - (UK)
Sept 3, 2013, Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, 496 pgs
Age: 18+  
"Joe Middleton’s story is this: He doesn’t remember killing anyone, so there’ s no way a jury can convict him of serial murder. He calls himself Joe Victim, trying, as he awaits trial, to convince the psychiatrists that he wasn’t in control of his actions trusting that the system will save him in the end.

But others know Joe as the infamous Christchurch Carver and they want to see him dead. There’s Melissa , Joe’s accomplice in one of the murders, who plans on shooting him on his way to the courthouse before he gets a chance to start talking. Then there’s Raphael, whose daughter was one of the Carver’s victims. Though he’s tried to move on with life as the leader of a counseling group for grieving family members, he’d like nothing more than to watch Joe pay. Finally there’s Carl Schroder, the ex-detective who locked Joe…

306. How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

Rating: (2.5/5)
(Kindle) - (US) - (Canada) - (UK)
Oct 15, 2013, St. Martin's Press, 288 pgs
Age: 18+  
"Marta and Hector have been married for a long time. Through the good and bad; through raising a son and sending him off to life after university. So long, in fact, that Marta finds it difficult to remember her life before Hector. He has always taken care of her, and she has always done everything she can to be a good wife—as advised by a dog-eared manual given to her by Hector’s aloof mother on their wedding day.

But now, something is changing. Small things seem off. A flash of movement in the corner of her eye, elapsed moments that she can’t recall. Visions of a blonde girl in the darkness that only Marta can see. Perhaps she is starting to remember—or perhaps her mind is playing tricks on her. As Marta’s visions persist and her reality grows more disjointed, it’s unclear if the danger lies in the world around her, or in Marta herself. T…

305. Between Heaven and Earth by Eric Walters

Between Heaven and Earth by Eric Walters (Seven: The Series)
Rating: (4/5)
(Kindle) - (US) - (Canada) - (UK)
Oct 10, 2012, Orca Book Publishers, 245 pgs
Age: 12+ 
"DJ is David McLean's eldest grandson, so it stands to reason that he be the one to scatter his beloved grandfather's ashes. At least that's how DJ sees it. He's always been the best at everything—sports, school, looking after his fatherless family—so climbing Kilimanjaro is just another thing he'll accomplish almost effortlessly. Or so he thinks, until he arrives in Tanzania and everything starts to go wrong. He's detained at immigration, he gets robbed, his climbing group includes an old lady and he gets stuck with the first ever female porter. Forced to go polepole (slowly), DJ finds out the hard way that youth, fitness level and drive have nothing to do with success on the mountain—or in life."
Borrowed a copy from my local library.

This is the second book I have read in this series that …

301. MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
MaddAddam Trilogy, #3

Rating: (4/5)
(Kindle) - (US) - (Canada) - (UK)
Aug 27, 2013, McClelland & Stewart, 394 pgs
"Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, which is being fortified against man and giant Pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. While their reluctant prophet, Jimmy -- Crake's one-time friend -- recovers from a debilitating fever, it's left to Toby to narrate the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb.

     Meanwhile, Zeb searches for Adam One, founder of the God's Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resist…

309. The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson with John & Elizabeth Sherrill

Sunday's Christian Book Review
The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson with John & Elizabeth Sherrill
Rating: (3.5/5)
(Kindle) - (US) - (Canada) - (UK)
1962, Jove Book/Penguin, 173 pgs
Age: 16+  
"A young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills comes to New York City and influences troubled teenagers with his inspirational message."
Purchased a secondhand copy from a book sale.
This is the inspiring autobiographical story of an evangelical minister's crusade to open a home for street, gang and drug involved teenagers of the late fifties and early sixties.  His ministry succeeded and became Teen Challenge which still exists today.  Wilkerson's story is touching and interesting especially from an historical view as to how these societal problems were first dealt with during this time period.  The language is dated with the overuse of the words "dope" and "addict"  also "Negro", the n-word and women's place in society but o…