movies · Quotes · Writing

Beginning to look a lot like Christmas tons of films hit the box office

It’s Christmastime so naturally our thoughts turn to movies. As a writer, I’m interested in words that knit themselves into our linguistic DNA. Many of those lines define the flicks more than the characters, awards, or plot. Here are some of my favourites. “You had me at hello.” — Jerry McGuire, 1996 “I’ll be back.”…… Continue reading Beginning to look a lot like Christmas tons of films hit the box office

Abusive behavior · MeToo

Men’s silence permits triumph of evil

As the #MeToo movement gains momentum, men need to admit culpability for our collective silence and then step up to call out abusers. Sure, most of us would cast a frown at a man for making unwelcome advances toward a woman. We might physically intervene if it verged on an assault and pat ourselves on…… Continue reading Men’s silence permits triumph of evil

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He Will Be My Ruin: A Sexy thriller

Book Review:  He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker   DarkMatters review — Four Stars Heiress Maggie Sparkes leaves her charity work in Africa and heads to NYC to perform one last favour for best-friend-since-childhood Celine who died of an apparent overdose of Xanax and booze. As she packs away Celine’s belongings, Maggie comes across…… Continue reading He Will Be My Ruin: A Sexy thriller

Can-Lir · Canada · Funny/quirky

I Am A Truck: Wonderful in a quirky way

Book Review: I Am A Truck by Michelle Winters is a delightful and quirky short novel that brought a smile to my face the entire read. Thanks go to my language teachers and my jaunts to Charlevoix and Bas-Saint-Laurent for helping with the occasional phrase slung in that rural French-Canadian staccato and happy memories of …… Continue reading I Am A Truck: Wonderful in a quirky way

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A Man Called Ove reveals humanity and love in those you’d least expect

Anyone who’s lived in a condominium or in coop housing will recognize Ove as the overbearing, narrow-minded grouch who makes everyone else’s life a misery through his ultra rigid enforcement of “the rules.” Author Fredrik Backman, however, slowly paints a more complex portrait of Ove by interspersing his back story as a child and young…… Continue reading A Man Called Ove reveals humanity and love in those you’d least expect

oceans · Plastic_pollution

Plastic pollution: Not the Pepsi generation we imagined

A couple of stories caught my eye about the tsunami of #plastic_pollution that’s accumulated in the world’s oceans and poses a serious threat to aquatic life. A lobster became an unplanned member of the #PepsiGeneration after it was caught off New Brunswick and Karissa Lindstrand, in charge of banding the claws, noticed an unusual tat on…… Continue reading Plastic pollution: Not the Pepsi generation we imagined

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Late Bite

Originally posted on jbronderbookreviews:
Late Bite: Vampire On Trial The Toronto Vampire Chronicles, Book 1 By John Matsui Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror, Action Thriller Police capture Dragul Mangorian in Toronto’s sewers on a series of blood-sucking assaults. Media worldwide and local citizens and politicians buzz with news the perp is ‘a real vampire.’ ​ Mangorian’s…