Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Canadian Book Challenge- 7th Update

After this, there's only one more update to go, and then it's the finale! Bet you can taste the KD already.

Congrats to Lisa, the latest Canadian Book Challenge to finish all 13 books! Lisa began the challenge as a competition with her friends Jay and Melissa, but quickly left them eating her dust. She joins fellow grosbeaks Leo, Nicola, Steve and August, with a few more participants waiting in the wings.

Here are the standings so far:

The Grosbeaks (13 Books)

- Village of the Small Houses by Ian Ferguson*
- The Book of Stanley by Todd Babiak*
- What Canadians Think by Darrell Bricker and John Wright*
- Ecoholic by Adria Vasil
- Kalyna's Song by Lisa Grekul
- King John of Canadaby Scott Gardiner
- The Little Country by Charles de Lint
- The Alberta Fact Book by Mark Zuehlke
- The Garneau Block by Todd Babiak
- Timbit Nation by John Stackhouse
- Kanada by Eve Wiseman
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- Curling For Dummies by Bob Weeks

- Empress of Asia by Adam Lewis Schroeder
- Keturah & Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
- High Spirits: A Collection of Ghost Stories by Robertson Davies
- The Serpent's Egg by J. Fitzgerald McCurdy
- Sunwing by Kenneth Oppel
- Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
- Kanada by Eva Wiseman
- The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
- The Alchemist's Dream by John Wilson
- Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Gemini Summer by Iain Lawrence
- Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
- Dust by Arthur Slade

- The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
- Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil
- King of Russia by Dave King
- Fatal Passage by Ken McGoogan
- Alligator by Lisa Moore
- Sailing to Saratanium by Guy Gavriel Kay
- Spook Country by William Gibson
- And No Birds Sang by Farley Mowat
- Uninvited Guest by John Degen
- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
- Badlands by Robert Kroetsch
- Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop
- What's Bred In The Bone by Robertson Davies

- Garcia's Heart by Liam Durcan
- October by Richard B. Wright
- Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles
- The Bone Sharps by Tim Bowling
- Helpless by Barbara Gowdy
- The Culprits by Robert Hough
- The End of The Alphabet by CS Richardson
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson
- Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall
- The Reckoning of Boston Jim by Claire Mulligan
- Coureurs De Bois
by Bruce MacDonald
- As Good As Dead
by Stan Rogal
- Woman in Bronze
by Antanas Silieka

- Fits Like A Rubber Dress by Roxanne Ward
- Flesh and Gold by Phyllis Gotlieb
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Home Movies by Ray Robertson
- In The Place of Last Things by Michael Helm
- The Dakest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Wandering Fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Love of A Good Woman by Alice Munro
- Dead Man's Float by Nicholas Maes
- Where Is The Voice Coming From? by Rudy Wiebe
- Fat Woman by Leon Rooke
- The Republic of Love by Carol Shields

The Canada Geese (12 Books)

- From The Fifteenth District by Mavis Gallant*
- Hair Hat by Carrie Snyder*
- A Secret Between Us by Daniel Poliquin*
- By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
- Where Nests The Water Hen by Gabrielle Roy
- Icefields by Thomas Wharton
- Sitting in the Club Car Drinking Rum and Karma-Kola by Paulette Jiles
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson
- Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
- Effigy by Allisa York

- A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay*
- Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
- I Married the Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton
- Salamander by Thomas Warton
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
- The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Birds in Fall by Brad Kessler
- The White Dawn by James Houston
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book by Bill Richardson
- Latitude of Melt by Joan Clark

The Snowy Owls (11 Books)

- Big Rig by Don McTavish*
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay*
- Temptations of Big Bear by Rudy Wiebe
- The National Dream by Pierre Berton
- The Birth House by Ami McKay
- The Time In Between by David Bergen
- Love: A Book of Remembrances by bpNichol
- Out of the Sea by Victor Kendall and Victor G. Kendall
- Uncommon Prayer by Susan McMaster
- One Woman's Arctic by Sheila Burnford
- Harpoon of the Hunter by Markoosie

- No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay*
- Big City Bad Blood by Sean Chercover*
- Duty: The Life of a Cop by Julian Fantino
- Last Resort: A Memoir by Linwood Barclay
- Bad Move by Linwood Barclay
- Lone Wolf by Linwood Barclay
- Toronto: Then and Now by Mike Filey and Rosalind Tosh
- Stone Rain by Linwood Barclay
- Bad Guys by Linwood Barclay
- The Song of Kahunsha by Anosh Irani
- Only In Canada You Say by Katherine Barber

- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark*
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- The End of East by Jen Sookfong Lee
- All in Together Girls by Kate Sutherland
- Lorelei by Lori Derby Bingley
- The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
- Hockey Dreams by David Adams Richards
- A Boy of Good Breeding by Miriam Toews
- The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod
- The Inuk Mountie Adventure by Eric Wilson
-Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

The Green Loons (10 Books)

- After Many Days by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles De Lint*
- After Helen by Paul Cavanagh
- Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby
- Spanish Fly by Will Ferguson
- Along The Shore by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- A Secret Between Us by Daniel Poliquin
- Rick Mercer Report: The Book by Rick Mercer
-The Hunter's Moon by Orla Melling
-Against The Odds by Lucy Maud Montgomery

- Reflections On A Mountain Summer by Joanna M. Glass*
- Gifts and Bones by Barbara Murray
- The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce
- Treading Water by Anne DeGrace
- La Sagouine by Antonine Maillet
- The Island Means Minago by Milton Acorn
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- A Hard Witching by Jacqueline Baker
- Smuggling Donkeys by David Helwig
- Covenant of Salt by Martine Desjardins

- From the Notebooks of Dr. Brainby Minister Faust
- All My Friends Are Superheroesby Andrew Kaufman
- Flybook Action Figure Comes With Gasmask by Jim Munroe
- The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
- Punch Line by Joey Slinger
- At a Loss For Words by Diane Schoemperlen
- Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
- Big Man Coming Down The Road by Brad Smith
- Houdini's Shadow by Leo Brent Robillard
- The Culprits by Robert Hough

The Osprey (9 Books)

- My Times by Pierre Berton*
- The Hydrofoil Mystery by Eric Walters*
- Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson*
- Consolation by Michael Redhill
- Rene Angelil Unauthorized Biography by Jean Beaunoyer
- Starting Out by Pierre Berton
- A Nurse's Story by Tilda Shalof
- One Red Paper Clip by Kyle MacDonald
- Miss O by Betty Oliphant

Sam Lamb
- The Perfection of the Morning by Sharon Butala*
- Children Of The Yukon by Ted Harrison*
- A Song For Nettie Johnson by Gloria Sawai
- Swing Low: A Life by Miriam Toews
- October by Richard Wright
- The Tree Tattoo by Karen Rivers
- An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark
- Consumption by Kevin Patterson
- The Extraordinary Garden by Francois Gravel

- The Colony Of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston*
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Far North by Will Hobb
- The Wild Wood by Charles de Lint
- Random Passage by Bernice Morgan
- Birds In Fall by Brad Kessler
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark
- The Word For Home by Joan Clark

- Golden Fleece by Robert J. Sawyer
- Tell Your Sister by Andrew Daley
- The Architects Are Here by Michael Winter
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- Adultery by Richard B. Wright
- The Torontonians by Phyllis Brett Young
- Lost In The Barrens by Farley Mowat
- Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway
- Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop

The Kingfishers (8 Books)

- Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel*
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- The Ruby Kingdom by Patricia Bow*
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay*
- Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
- Bloodletting and Other Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
- The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

- Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Consolation by Michael Redhill*
- The Horseman's Graves by Jacqueline Baker
- After River by Donna Milner
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson
- I Married The Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton
- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
- My Name is Bosnia by Madeleine Gagnon

The Polar Bears (7 Books)

- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway*
- Kanada by Eve Wiseman*
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
- Sitting Practice by Caroline Anderson
- Mad Shadows by Marie-Claire Blais
- The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

- Best Tales Of The Yukon by Robert W. Service*
- Unsettled by Zachariah Wells*
- Race Against Time by Stephen Lewis*
- The Time In Between by David Bergen*
- Peace Shall Destroy Many by Rudy Wiebe
- Generica by Will Ferguson
- Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland

- Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- Miss Wyoming by Douglas Coupland
- Cumberlandby Michael V. Smith
- The Butterfly Plague by Timothy Findley
- Voyages of Hope by Peter Johnson
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Teddy Rose
- Charles the Bold: The Dog Years by Yves Beauchemin
- The End of The Alphabet by CS Richardson
- The Time In Between by David Bergen
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Barnacle Love by Anthony De Sa

The Loons (6 Books)

- Sign of the Cross by Anne Emery*
- Icefields by Thomas Wharton*
- South of an Unnamed Creek by Anne Cameron
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- Atonement by Gaetan Soucy
- The Big Why by Michael Winter

Brown Paper
- At The Altar by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- The Immaculate Conception Photography Gallery by Katherine Govier
- The Solitudes of Emperors by David Davidar
- The Assassin's Song by M. G. Vassanji
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
- Obasan by Joy Kogowa

- The Canadian Settler's Guide by Catherine Parr Traill
- Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
- Widdershins by Charles de Lint
- By The Time You Read This by Giles Blunt
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- A Touch of Panic by L.R. Wright

The Coats of Arms (5 Books)

- Anne of Windy Poplars by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- Larry's Party by Carol Shields
- Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- The Long Stretch by Linden MacIntyre

- Fall On Your Knees by Anne Marie MacDonald
- Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
- All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- Scoundrels and Scallywags by Brian Brennan

- The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton
- The Morningside World of Stuart McLean
- A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson
- Them Times by David Weale

- Adultery by Richard Wright
- Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
- Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

- Still Life by Louise Penny
- Swann by Carol Shields
- Unless by Carol Shields
- The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Caribou (4 Books)

- Resistance by Daniel Kalla*
- Every Fear by Rick Mofina*
- A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle*
- Sacrifice by Kelly Komm*

- Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson*
- Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine
- Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
- Not An Easy Choice: Re-Examining Abortion by Kathleen McDonnell

Geranium Cat
- Selected Tales by Ouhanderfoule Jacques Ferron
- The Honeyman Festival by Marian Engel
- A Deathful Ridge by J. A. Wainwright
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark

- The Birth House by Ami McKay
- The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
- Wonderful Strange by Dale Jarvis
- The Long Run by Leo Furey

The Bluenoses (3 Books)

- Dr. Delicious: Memoirs of a Life in CanLit by Robert Lecker
- The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe
- The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

- Smart-Opedia by Maple-Tree Press
- There Will Be Wolves by Karleen Bradford
- The Library Book by Maureen Saw

- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Kanada by Eve Wiseman

The Beavers (2 Books)

- Piano Man's Daughter by Timothy Findley (No review)
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

- Not Wanted On The Voyage by Timothy Findley
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Gautami Tripathy
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Dahlia and Balu
- Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
-Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

The Maple Leaves (1 Book)

- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

-Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

-Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

(*Indicates new reviews. If this update is not accurate, please let me know in the comment section and I'll edit it.)

Now, once again, it's prize time! This time it's an autographed copy of Whale Song, written by best-selling author and Canadian Book Challenge participant, Cheryl Kaye Tardiff. Published by Kunati, Booklist calls Whale Song, "Moving... sweet and sad."

"Thirteen years ago, Sarah Richardson’s life was shattered after the tragic assisted suicide of her mother. The shocking tragedy left a grief-stricken teen-aged Sarah with partial amnesia."

Also check out Divine Intervention and The River, also by Tardif.

To win Whale Song, it's time to untranslate. I used Altavista's BabelFish to translate passages from reviews above into French, then back into English again. All you have to tell me is who wrote the following lines, before they were mangled in translation...

1. Took to me for always reading this book. I did not appreciate first half of the whole and was going to give to the top when a colleague said to me that the second half is much different and I could motionless appreciate it, thus I stuck with it. That the same colleague also said did not like this book as much as other novels of the author.

2. This realistic novel shockingly explores what could occur if new "a superbug" mortal were released on a world entrusting and was completely resistant to all known antibiotics.

3. For the majority, this collection of short stories included stories where the protagonists met important somebody in some their lives after a long separation - if because of an enmity of family, the in love ones dispute, or because one of the characters deviated. And for the majority, these stories were adorable and completely comforting.

Hint: All three passages are from new reviews (i.e., marked by * above). Send your answers (DO NOT POST IN COMMENTS) to jmutford (at) hotmail (dot) com. I'll be picking a random winner from all those who respond on May 8th.

Before I go, a few quick plugs. Here's the logo for the next Canadian Book Challenge (July 1st, 2008- July 1st, 2009):

Please use it and encourage your friends to join. There'll be loads of brand new prizes, great literature, and some good ol' Canadian pride (or Canadian-curiousity for those not from here) . The goal will still be 13 books, but you'll have more time to read them. Here's the list of those who've signed up already. If your name's not on the list and you want it to be, add your name to the comments below.

Chattering Bee

Also while your at it, you might as well join my Obscure Challenge, too! The aim of this one is to read just one (just one!) unpopular book by a popular author before the end of the year. If you want to double dip with another challenge go right ahead. Suggestions that also take in the Canadian Book Challenge might include Mordecai Richler's On Snooker , Pierre Berton's Cats I Have Known and Loved or Margaret Atwood's Bodily Harm. But though you know where my biases lie, your choices, should you participate, need not be Canadian. Click on the link to find out how to join.


Kate S. said...

Please add me to the list of participants in the second edition of the Canadian Book Challenge.

Chrisbookarama said...

I'm really sucking at staying on top of the challenge! But I want to be in the next one. There will be spillage from this one. Thanks John for giving it a go again!

Melwyk said...

This one is quite a hilarious quiz, John! Brilliant.

Unknown said...

Add me too for the 2nd challenge!

finally went to la Grande bibliothèque in Montréal last night - picked out a couple more books for this challenge. Excited since they were really 'blind' picks (authors/titles I've never heard of).

Anonymous said...

Hi, John! I had one more book last month, The Cellist of Sarajevo, which was written by Canadian novelist Steven Galloway.

John Mutford said...

Kate: Great!

Chris: It was a short time frame. Still not impossible to do. Thankfully, we'll all have more time with the 2nd.

Melanie: My mother has a dinner theatre and I once translated her menu into Italian using BabelFish. When I tried translating it back again, it turned out they were serving feet for dessert.

Jen: La Grande Bibliotheque? I'm drooling at the thought.

3M: Ooops, sorry I missed that one. I've added it above. Thanks for enlightening me on a Canadian author I didn't know.

1morechapter said...

Thanks, John. I plan on participating again this coming year. There's at least 13 books by or about Canadians that I want to read in the coming months. I'll probably try to do an all female lineup this time.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I hope I haven't bitten off more beef jerky than I chew.

Anonymous said...

I'm in for the second round. Is it going to be the same rules or will this one be different. I've been looking forward to the second go around for a while, I've even been giving some thought to the books I'd like to read. I'd like to do 13 book prize winners...(GG Award, Leacok award for Humor, Commonwealth winners...well you get the point). Will this be okay or do you want the provinces/territories represented like last time?

John Mutford said...

3M: Cool, an all female lineup is a great adaptation.

Barbara: I prefer muskox jerky. Hmmm. Maybe that could be a prize...

Thatsthebook: Glad to have you with us again. Asides from having more time to do it, the rules will pretty much be the same. However, if you read the original post again, you'll notice that the province/territory route was only one suggestion. In fact, the award winners was a suggestion, but no one picked up on it. It'll be great to finally see that done. 3M is planning on doing an all-female version. Other possibilities might include:
1. one province/territory only- sort of a sub-challenge, ex The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Challenge or the Northwest Territories Book Challenge

2. One author only- 13 Lucy Maud Montgomerys? 13 Atwoods?

3. Specific genres- 13 Poetry books? 13 Children's books? 13 nonfiction?

4. Publisher specific- 13 Breakwater books? 13 Lobster Press titles? 13 from the New Canadian Library?

It's up to you. As long as the 13 books are Canadian or even about Canadians, they're fine!

Anonymous said...

One correction for my list: The Other Side of the Bridge wasn't for this challenge. Icefields was. Thanks! :)

John Mutford said...

Ripley: Sorry 'bout that. It's now fixed.

Stephanie said...

Yeah...I'm sucking at it too. Although I'm knee deep in Barney's Version right now. I also have 3 more Canadians in the pile to finish this month. And I did just read de Lint, although for some strange reason I didn't include him in this one.

So yeah...what the hell. Sign me up again!!
(I'm also going to sign up for your Obscure Challenge. just keep forgetting!)

Bybee said...

I want to be the Canadian Challenge part Too!

Anonymous said...

One more question John. Is it going to be 13 books, as you've been mentioning or 14 for the new territy that is supposed to be created in January of 2009? Nunavik I believe it's called. Either way, I'm excited to do this again.

John Mutford said...

Thatsthebook: No, it'll still be 13. From my understanding of Nunavik, while it's in the works to be self-governing, it will remain a part of Quebec. In fact, a similar plan is in the works for a part of Labrador as well.

Anonymous said...

Considering I read only two now three, including Yellowknife, I am joining again. Persistence is the key!

Teddy Rose said...

Though it's looking doubtful that I will be finishing the 1st Canadian challenge, I would like to sign up for the second.

I signed up for the first challenge quite late, so I feel I'll have a better chance of finishing the second one.

Thanks for signing me up John!

Anonymous said...

My name is Tracy and I found your blog through the Indigo book community. I would like to take part in your 2nd Canadian Book Challenge.

I don't have a blog so I will post my books and reviews through posts option on my Indigo profile.

John Mutford said...

Hi Tracy,
Posting your reviews at would be just fine. You don't need a blog to take part. And for any others who'd like to join and don't have a blog, Chapters is one option. Amazon is another. Pooker, a participant in the first edition, posted her reviews at Or people can just email reviews to me to post here at the Book Mine Set.
Glad to have you with us Tracy!

Gautami and Teddy Rose: Wlecome back!

Anonymous said...

Hey John,
I have posted my second book on my blog...I had to wait until I finished school for the year to get to my reading! I'd love to take part in the second challenge (if I ever catch up on the first one that is!)

John Mutford said...

Mrs. Peachtree: Even if you don't catch up on the first, you're still more than welcome to join the 2nd. Glad to have you back!

And to everyone wishing to participate in the 2nd challenge, if you want to be on the email list (i.e., to get notifications of updates, etc) please email me with your address jmutford (at) hotmail (dot) com. Those without blogs especially should try to keep in contact through email, just so I know when and where to read your reviews.

Cheryl Tardif said...

Hey John:

Please add me (Cheryl Kaye Tardif) to the list for round 2. I'll see what I can do. :)

I have also completed another book. This makes 5, which isn't too bad considering how late I started and the fact that I'm an author with little time to read other authors' works right now. :(

My review of The Girls by Lori Lansens is at Book Nook Reviews.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif, bestselling author

Framed said...

I just finished my 13th book!!!! Norther Lights: The Soccer Trail by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak. Here's the link to my review:
Please add me to the list for the new challenge. I've bought several books that will be perfect and I'll be going over the others' reviews to find the rest.

Jodie Robson said...

Please add me to the list for the second challenge - I'm still trying to finish the first! Will have to think about a theme that practical, I had to change some of my planned first round reading because I couldn't get all the books I wanted.

Anonymous said...

John, I have finally picked my 13 books for the Challenge starting in July. I borrowed a couple of your recommendations. My list is up at Indigo.

Tracy S.

Teena in Toronto said...

I'm almost done! It's been fun!

Please count me in for the next one!

Corey said...

My last three are done:

Also, John, I'd like to offer an autographed copy of Shelf Monkey for any monthly prize draws you may have left.

John Mutford said...

Cheryl: Glad to have you in the 2nd round! You did have a late start with this one, but you've still taken an impressive bite out of it.

Framed: Congratulations! I'm so glad you ended with a Kusugak book, and that you've decided to join the 2nd challenge.

Geranium Cat: Looking forward to seeing what sort of theme you come up with.

Tracy: I just saw your list. I've read a few of them and a few more are on my TBR list. Have fun with them!

Teena: Your name will be added. Welcome back!

Corey: Great job! And thank you so much for donating Shelf Monkey. I have one more update prize to do and that would be perfect. Once I get a winner, I'll email you with their address.

richard said...

Add me, add me!

Lizzy Siddal said...

As I'm currently working my way through Brian Moore's backcatalogue, there's no excuse for not joining in this time around. If anyone's looking for some great mo(o)rish reads, check out for recommendations. Even better, email me if you'd like to join in the fun.

John Mutford said...

Richard: Done!

Lizzy: A whole blog devoted to Brian Moore novels? Interesting. A confession to make: I haven't read anything by him...yet. If you look at the prizes for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge, you'll see a Brian Moore novel up for grabs! I'll be glad to add your name to the participant list.