Category Archives: The Word

Posts on books and other wordy goodness

If Only We Could Read Faster (for August 30)

If time and money were infinite, this is what I would buy and read.    The Cat’s Table Michael Ondaatje I first read Ondaatje in 1992—The Collected Works of Billy the Kid—while in the grip of an untreated fever from … Continue reading

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If Only We Could Read Faster (for August 9, 16, 23)

If time and money were infinite this is what we would buy and read. This post brought to you by no time for plot synospses.    Machine Man Max Barry I read the first draft of this book (you can, … Continue reading

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While You’re Waiting

New shows are coming soon, we promise, but until then here’s some supplemental reading to go with two of our past recommendations. And they’re free! Back in Episode 51 Mark was enthusiastic about Ian Tregillis’ Bitter Seeds. If you took … Continue reading

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If Only We Could Read Faster (for July 26)

Well, that was a longer hiatus than planned! If time and money were infinite, this is what we would buy and read. This edition brought to you by second chances.    Collecting Cooper Paul Cleave I read Paul Cleave’s Blood … Continue reading

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I Think I… Love You

If you’re anything like me then every now and again you go trolling through Amazon, entering the names of favourite authors in hopes that one of them might have announced a new book. And if you’re even more like me … Continue reading

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Cover Story

During my enthusiasm for Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad, I off-handedly mentioned that I didn’t care for the cover, largely because I felt like it didn’t reflect the book at all (it’s a perfectly serviceable bit of … Continue reading

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If Only We Could Read Faster (for December 7)

If time and money were infinite, this is what we would buy and read.*     How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming Mike Brown There was a reason he had to sleep naked in the yard while … Continue reading

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If Only We Could Read Faster (for November 30)

If time and money were infinite, this is what we would buy and read.    The Bed of Procrustes Nassim Nicholas Taleb Do you remember how Michael Pollan helped you feel like a douchebag for grocery shopping, and then, while … Continue reading

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If Only We Could Read Faster (for November 23)

If time and money were infinite, this is what we would buy and read. (I’m not picking these books based on colour scheme, I swear.)   Twice now authors have turned up in the comments after we mentioned their book. I say this … Continue reading

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If Only We Could Read Faster (for November 16)

If time and money were infinite, this is what we would buy and read. Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie Another novella for young readers from Rushdie, this companion piece to Haroun and the Sea of Stories is … Continue reading

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