Monthly archives: July, 2015

APOCALYPSE FOR BEGINNERS by Nicolas Dickner

Well.  Um. Wow.  I expected so much more from a previous winner of CBC’s Canada Reads.  This is the story of a famapocalypseily whose members, for generations, predict an apocalypse date, are incorrect and s143482137323574ubsequently commit suicide.   But this time, when Mama Randall’s chosen date comes and goes, she moves West with her daughter to buy time.  Teen Hope Randall meets Mickey Bauermann and hijinks ensue.  Never have I become so tired of repeated references; ramen noodles in pink and yellow packaging, in particular.  I started out liking this book, hit the middle and found myself begging for the end to come – apocalyptically or otherwise.  It was noted on the back cover that this was a book translated from the original Quebecois.  Perhaps it was merely “lost in translation”  but for me but this one is a non, non go.

2010  Random House  254 Pages


THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion

downloadThe old saying goes that the joy is in the journey.  Or that anticipation is half the fun.  Well I truly had time to anticipate this as I was 543rd on the wait list for this book.   I kept hearing about it and seeing posters plastered on the subway.   I was thrilled when it finally arrived.   It is a story about  a Rainman-esque genetics professor using logic to attempt to find a wife.  Along the way he helps an acquaintance, Rosie,  search for her real father.  I get that the Prof with the Asperger’s symptoms has a tough time interacting with ‘regular folk’, but by the middle of the story Simsion has this guy speaking like Spock (RIP) –  “ Love Does Not Compute. Can’t Understand Such Human Emotion”.   Okay, okay I did like two parts of this book – the beginning and the end.  No really, the end was kind of worth the slog.  Not on my top 10 list for the year, but everyone else loves it, so perhaps it is a case of ‘what do I know about these things’?

324 pages  HarperCollins