Monthly Archives: December 2005

Currently Reading…

An Unfinished Life An Unfinished Life, by Mark Spragg.

His first novel, The Fruit of Stone, had me wax lyrical with praise. and I wanted to know if Fruit had been a fluke, or if this new voice in fiction was the real thing.

With An Unfinished Life, Spragg’s style is still poetic but more relaxed, full of humour and mischief, while it addresses hard questions: what makes a family and what destroys it, what is love, and what gives us roots.

Jean, who’s finally tired of being used as a punching bag, leaves her boyfriend and arrives on her father-in-law’s doorstep with her ten-year-old daughter Griff. But Einer doesn’t want her there; he holds her responsible for the death of his son. Despite his reluctance, Griff burrows into his affections and those of Mitch, a crippled war buddy of Einer’s.

The setting, ranchland in Wyoming, only serves to underline and support the story.

Spragg succeeds, through multiple viewpoints, in showing to us the yearning his characters have for a safe haven, and, at the same time, that we all need a place we can call our own.

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It’s Here!

Meter Made Book CoverWell almost.

I don’t have a copy in my hot little hands, yet, but it’s available for those of you who have been patiently awaiting the sequel to Metered Space. Here’s what the back cover says:

“Jack Meter’s new client has a serious problem–one of his buildings has disappeared into thin air and he wants Jack to bring it back. What Jack discovers is that when he saved the world by destroying his beloved Annie’s clone he damaged the universe, and someone is taking advantage of it. The trouble is, they’re making things worse–and one of them is his exact double. Before he’s done, Jack is going to have the fate of all creation in his hands…again.”

The Paperback version is available, for the moment only at amazon.com. I am hopeful that it will be available in Canada very soon.

The electronic version is available through ebookAd.com

Before you buy, you might want to read Meter Made’s Chapter One.

Metered Space Book Coveramazon.com, amazon.ca, and eBookAd.com. Here’s the backcover blurb:

Jack Meter has had better days. Besides waking up without the hangover he’d worked hard on the night before, he finds himself kidnapped by aliens who want his services as a Private Investigator. Jack isn’t interested: he’d much rather stay drunk so he can forget that Annie, his physicist girlfriend, was killed in an explosion at her lab and died in his arms.
The Thrittene see it differently, and Jack has no choice but to accept the job. As he begins to piece the case together, he realizes everyone lied to him, from the aliens who hired him to his dead girlfriend, who keeps popping up into every world he visits. Soon, Jack uncovers a plot that threatens to destroy his sanity along with the universe.

You can also read Chapter One online.

If you are a blogger and want to write a review of Meter Made, please contact me. You get a free copy of Meter Made out of it!

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Revenge against Windows

Thursday morning. Nearly end of week. Time for a little humour. This is a passive-agressive way of dealing with all the frustrations of Windows (and I’m not talking about the glassed-in squares in your house). I’ts interactive, so go ahead and click on OK. Several times.

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Canadian Politics Below the Border

It looks like our Republican neighbors to the South are getting into the political fray of Canadian elections through the mouth of their ambassador. Not in a positive way, of course, since our current Prime Minister is Liberal (translate that to Democrat) and his opponent, Stephen Harper, a Conservative, is considered to be the most pro-American Federal Party Leader in history.

Even before the elections were incited through Harper’s Party’s vote of non-confidence, Prime Minister Martin has been vocal against the US about their position on softwood lumber, beef, and their non-participation to the Kyoto accord, calling on their “lack of global conscience”. When asked about David Wilkins’ criticism of “trying to score cheap political points by bashing America”, Prime Minister Martin answered indirectly:

“Let me simply say to anyone who wants to question what I have been saying, beginning with (Conservative Leader) Stephen Harper, that I am the prime minister of this country, that our position on climate change will be determined by the government of Canada, that the fact is that we do expect our partners to honour their agreements — and I will defend Canada. Period.”

I must say I’m impressed with Martin’s forceful voice. Despite being dogged by the sponsorship scandal, he’s taken a strong stance on important issues, and has refused to be intimidated by the US and its rethoric, pointing out how their refusal to budge on important Canadian issues is affecting us. The end result, for me anyway, is that the other parties in the election race are coming out as whiny and running to keep up.

It’ll be interesting to see how nasty the speeches will become in January.

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Kid Quotes

I found this cool website, Things People Said, a collection of funny quotes and sayings garnered from ordinary people who don’t always weigh their words, whether it’s orally or in writing. Particularly funny are the Kid Quotes, all sayings from kids showing how they take language literally, and how linear their thinking is. One of my favorites:

“Well, sometimes I say something mean to my brother, but I feel really good inside. Does that mean I’m a hypocrite?” — 7 year old girl, after a Sunday School teacher explained that a hypocrite was someone who says one thing but feels something else.

It reminds me of a story my mother tells. My little brother (16 months younger than me) kept waking up and crying. Mom would go into his room and there I would be, stroking him and imitating her when she soothed him. She thought it was cute until she caught me red-handed. I’d go into my brother’s room, pinch him hard enough to make him cry. I’d wait to hear my mother’s steps and then would fake the soothing part.

Talk about passive agressive. I have learned, since then, to express my anger in a more productive manner.

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