Posts Tagged ‘books’

Colford’s Hector Tomas is gripping

  Ian Colford’s novel The Crimes of Hector Tomas is a powerful read. It poses questions about freedom, injustice, betrayal, paranoia and whether ends justify means. Hector is one of seven children in a South American family. His father Enrique Tomas is a quiet, distant man who is interested in how people make choices. Growing up,…

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How to lose four months in eight simple steps

A few books can really round out your procrastination game. (Photo by Stewart Butterfield via

It’s now October. The leaves are still on the trees, the sun occasionally peers out from behind clouds carrying days of torrential rain, and professors are already awaiting several assignments from wayward students, perhaps lost in the foliage. But you’re not one of these, right? You don’t have midterms coming up, do you? All the…

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The book was better

Sept. 30, 2012 Dear Friend, I am writing to you because the film adaptation of classic teen-angst novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower is set for local release on Oct. 5, and I for one am not planning to see it. Not even a little. Who would voluntarily pay to have their childhood memories…

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Page by page

It’s a given that when not in class or at the pub, most students are frantically scanning their way through hundreds of pages a week. Satff contributor Nick Laugher offers an alternative to the frantic rush of readings, tailored to student needs. Relax—this book list doesn’t have a deadline.   Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger…

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Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Bethany Horne, Copy Editor  “At his hand, the stories are treated in such a unique, peculiar fashion, they are going to reach you no matter what.”   I don’t read a lot of modern fiction. My favourite books are half a century old or more, from a different era. Back when writers told you what…

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Dalai Lama book makes you happy

By Matthew Ritchie, Staff Contributor With the recent release of The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, the sequel to the very popular The Art of Happiness book, Howard Cutler and the Dalai Lama plan to create a more compassionate world. The book asks a simple question: How is it possible for the average person to…

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Playing with print

A few young book-lovers in British Columbia are trying to save the publishing industry by putting more books up online. But this isn’t a den of pirates, or another e-book scheme. Julie Morris is part of the team that worked to launch in the fall of 2008. At BookRiff, users will be invited to…

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