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I'm from Ottawa, Canada. My interests include genealogy, technology (VR, linux, Xbox, 3D printing), and reading (sci-fi, fantasy, history, adventure, mystery).

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Mexican Gothic (Hardcover, 2020, Del Rey) 4 stars

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes this reimagining of the classic …

Really compelling second half

4 stars

I won't write a lot because I'm afraid of giving spoilers. The other reviewers here summed up the book nicely. I only knew about this and read it because it is one of the books in this year's Canada Reads. I don't know how it fits the year's theme, and it doesn't feel at all Canadian (despite the nationality of the author), but that shouldn't take away from the book itself.

I understand that Mexican Gothic will be a TV series on Hulu! This is fantastic news, as it is absolutely perfect material for this sort of thing.

Some thoughts: it's a fun, pulpy ride! I was always a huge fan of The House on Haunted Hill (both the original and the remake), so this was a great time. I was confused, though, at the repeated references that the book took place in the 1950s, as there was really nothing … Your comment about "The Dispossessed" was interesting... a very short, concise "this one is a book club book!". I'm curious, though, what makes it a book club book? Are there a lot of interesting ideas that you're just bursting to talk to others about, or is there something about it that just requires in-depth discussion? Either way, I'm very interested. The other reviews are very convincing, too.

The Apollo Murders (Hardcover, 2021, Mulholland Books) 5 stars

Review of 'The Apollo Murders' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I've got a love-hate relationship with Chris Hadfield. I love him because he's super-intelligent, fascinating, charismatic, handsome, nearly superhuman in every way, he made a music video in space, he's a natural educator, and it turns out that he's a talented author. I hate him - just a little bit - for all the same reasons. Jeez, the guy's perfect. He makes the rest of us look bad!

I had no idea that he wrote this book until I received it as a present, and I was immediately drawn to it. He's managed to create such an engaging story with some great characters and tons of action. At times, I wondered how realistic some of the story could be, then I remembered that it was written by a guy who has literally lived in space.

I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'm so reluctant to say …