The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Le Guin, Ursula K. (1969). The Left Hand of Darkness. Ace Books; New York.  You can read a lot of great reviews, analyzes, and summaries of The Left Hand of Darkness online (for an example, check out the humorously-written cheat sheets over at Shmoop). Indeed, this Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel has been critically acclaimed…

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck, John. (1993, 1937). Of Mice and Men. Bantam Books; New York.  As the rains pour down outside my window, I sit down to pen a review of this short but poignant novel – and how appropriate the weather is! It is a dark story chronicling the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two friends…

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Stoppard, Tom. (1993). Arcadia. Faber and Faber; London.  The first time I read through Arcadia, the subtle nuances went right over my head – whoosh! – and I was left contemplating the slim paperback with some discomfort at the end of my reading. I’m sure that seeing the play would have left me similarly disjointed….

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Wells, Herbert George. (1898, 2013).The War of the Worlds. Wilder Publications; United States.  This tale, one of the most commented-on works in the world of science fiction, takes place in what readers typically imagine to be a safe, relaxed setting – Surrey, Essex, and London – with an unnamed protagonist and his brother (Wikipedia article)….

May 1st – A Liminal Time Period

May marks a time of change for many people; I think that I do not stand alone when I say that it’s a transitional period. For Canadian academics, it marks the end of the busy winter study term and the beginning of the arguably more relaxed and cheerful summer term. People begin to look forward…

Sphere by Michael Crichton

Crichton, Michael. (2011, 1987). Sphere. Ballantine Books; New York. My all-time favorite Michael Crichton novel is Timeline, a story about a group of history researchers who travel back in time. Sphere shares some of the same themes as Timeline – time travel is involved, along with a strong dash of psychological tension between team members….

Nostalgia is The Red Green Show

Recently, I have acquired Netflix and been enjoying access to the limited spread of television shows and movies available to Canadian consumers (Akkad, August 29th, 2012). For a light and brainless activity in the evenings, shows like Community and Futurama suit quite well. Trends in viewing amongst young people are increasingly oriented towards this form…