Book Escape in New West: Reviews & News

From suspenseful reads to literary tweeds…

New Book Club of Literary Bacchantes

The Burnaby-New West Women’s Wine and Book Club was reborn as the Owl & Vine Book Club at as of January 1, 2014. The Club expanded to three chapters and … Continue reading

May 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lose Yourself in Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: A Book Review

What I liked about Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is it forces you to question your preferences. Where are we comfortable? In what gender roles do we prefer to see others and, … Continue reading

November 13, 2012 · 2 Comments

Strange Ending: Review of The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

  I am not going to tell you how it ends. The Little Stranger will pull you in, sit you down and have you reading late into the night. I read … Continue reading

September 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

Horror Lovers Reminisce: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

My love of horror began early with family ghost stories and Maurice Sendak. One of my favourite books was Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963, and read … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Are Twins Scary? Review of Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Ghosts, Highgate Cemetary, the “Kitten of Death”  and secrets galore fill the novel Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. But was it scary? Not really. Chapters bookstore places this book in the … Continue reading

August 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

“I see dead people,” states Odd Thomas. This line, also famous in the movie, The Sixth Sense, produced prior the Odd Thomas novel, seemed a bit overplayed. Odd Thomas though is very unique … Continue reading

August 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Jane Eyre would be complimented by Diane Setterfield’s novel, The Thirteenth Tale, in which Jane is referred to often. It took many years for Diane Setterfield to write this book with … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Book Review – Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book

What a completely charming book! Now I know why Neil Gaiman has won so many awards for this. The Graveyard Book is a children’s novel, but an adult would enjoy it … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · 2 Comments

Book Review – A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

What is it with the fascination with the Young Adult [YA] genre of fiction nowadays? Do we want a faster pace in books as box office results illustrate we do … Continue reading

July 5, 2012 · Leave a comment


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