All in the details: A day at the Canadian International Autoshow!

quirkycity's photostream on Flickr. My husband and I went to the Canadian International Autoshow again this year. You can find some of my detail shots at my Flickr site photostream. For me this year, it was all about the details. The show had everything from car sections, to engine blocks below, to a rolling car …

The Paperboy at TIFF: A First Experience

On Friday, September 14, I got to attend the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), something I've wanted to do for years. My husband received tickets from his coworker, who couldn't attend the premier screening of The Paperboy. We jumped at the chance to see a screening at the Elgin Theatre. I thought I was prepared …

Book Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Potential Spoilers here folks, so if you haven't read Changeless, Soulless, Blameless or Heartless do not read on. Instead, go buy her books or borrow them from your local library! Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a …

Book Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger

Potential Spoilers here folks, so if you haven't read Blameless, Changeless or Soulless, do not read on. Instead, go buy her books or borrow them from your local library! Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on …

Book Review: Blameless by Gail Carriger

Potential Spoilers here folks, so if you haven't read Changeless or Soulless, do not read on. Instead, go buy her books or borrow them from your local library! Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season. Queen Victoria dismisses her from the …

Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Since I immensely enjoyed Gail Carriger's first book, Soulless, I decided to read Changeless. (Warning: If you haven't read Soulless then don't read the review.) Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top …

Book Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the …

Book Review: Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs

Warning, spoilers (first and second books) in this review. I enjoyed the first Temperance Brennen novel, so I decided to pick up Kathy Reichs' second murder mystery, Death Du Jour. Right away, she hooked me with her first scene line.If the bodies were there, I couldn't find them.~ Death du Jour Excerpt, by Kathy ReichsI wondered engaged …

Book Review: Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs hooked me with her first scene in Deja Dead. A murder mystery with just the right amount of foreshadowing, and the perfect opening sentence, Kathy Reichs leaves an unmistakable impression of what life as a forensic anthropologist feels like. I wasn't thinking about the man who'd blown himself up. Earlier I had. Now …

Event: Angelwalk Theatre’s I Love You Because

My friend and I went to see Angelwalk Theatre's production of I Love You Because (ILYB), at Toronto's Centre for the Arts. I subscribe to the theatre's newsletter because I know Artistic Producer Brian Goldenberg from my time playing flute at our arts high school, however I haven't been able to attend any productions until now. I …

Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

No quote this week because I just can't bring myself to potentially ruin the first 2 books if you haven't read them yet. (You really should read them. In order.) While this particular book starts a bit slower (new characters in a new setting take a bit of additional world-building) the book is well worth …

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Note, Spoiler Alert: If you have not read The Hunger Games, please do not read this post. Go read it! In my mind, President Snow should be viewed in front of marble pillars hung with oversized flags. It's jarring to see him surrounded by the ordinary objects in the room. Like taking the lid off …

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

See my question at the bottom of this review. When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress. She must have had bad dreams and climbed in with our mother. Of course, she did. This …

Book Review: Jinx by Jennifer Estep

Note: Potential spoilers to other books here. If you have read the first 2 books, don't read this review. Dinner with superheroes. It’s an interesting experience—and one that I rather hate. The empty wineglass floated past me, sailing along as though carried by a steady, invisible hand. I tried to pretend it wasn’t there. That …

Book Review: Hot Mama by Jennifer Estep

Note: Please don't read this review if you haven't read the previous book in the Big Time series, Karma Girl. My wedding day. It was supposed to be the happiest day of my life. A time of joy and celebration and new beginnings. The day every girl dreams of from the time she’s old enough …