Kudos Reel: Fall 2015

Fall is almost upon us, and we're super excited about our list this season! But don't take our word for it — check out these great reviews for our upcoming titles.

“Is there hope for the future? Yes, as David Boyd brilliantly demonstrates, because of the energy and commitment of people who know the problems and take action to solve them. And because of the power of the human brain for good when it is in harmony with the human heart.” — Jane Goodall, PHD, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Institute of Peace, on The Optimistic Environmentalist by David Boyd

This terrific continuation of the narrative McFetridge began in Black Rock opens with a bang . . . Working with a deceptively simple style that echoes Joseph Wambaugh, McFetridge has delivered an unpredictable mystery, a fine character study, and a vivid snapshot of 1972 Montreal. Publishers Weekly on A Little More Free by John McFetridge

“Sharp dialogue, fully fleshed, interesting characters, and a believable plot add up to more than typical teen chicklit.”Quill & Quire on Leading Lines by Chantel Guertin

Enjoyably campy horror set in a small town with, plainly, dark secrets aplenty yet to discover. Kirkus Reviews on Loyalist to a Fault by Evan Munday

“Mitchell does a convincing job sorting fact from fiction, diffusing fear, and challenging the manipulative language of fundraisers who aim for pocketbooks rather than intellectual honesty . . . Mitchell’s research is rooted in science, while her writing remains grippingly personal.” — Quill & Quire on Malignant Metaphor by Alanna Mitchell

Burk and Smith?’s casual conversational tone, humor, and extensive knowledge of the subject give the reader a sense of the passion the two, along with millions of other fans, have for this beloved sf series. Although not an official BBC tie-in, the book nevertheless makes for an out-of-this-world read for both Classic and New Who fans.” — Library Journal on The Doctors Are In by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?

“I thought I knew a lot about Van Halen, until I read this book. It's exceedingly rare to find such a comprehensive portrait of any band's pre-history, even for canonical groups like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. So to stumble across this level of research about the early days of VH is like hearing studio-quality demos of songs you did not even know existed.”Chuck Klosterman, author of Fargo Rock City and Killing Yourself to Live, on Van Halen Rising by Greg Renoff

Clockwork Lives is wonderful. It's an inspirational adventure. You are never set in one life. You can always start again and live a new dream.Steampunk Canada on Clockwork Lives by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart

“Beautifully written and superbly researched, Heal makes a compelling case for increased collaboration between the human and veterinary medical fields. Engaging and emotional, Heal is an important book for scientists, animal lovers and anyone interested in the vulnerabilities  we humans share with animals.” — Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD and Kathryn Bowers, co-authors of Zoobiquity, on Heal by Arlene Weintrub

The Deadbeat Club is authentic West Coast crime, a rollicking tour through Whistler after dark, populated by ski bums and scallywags, gang-bangers and lovable losers on both sides of the law, and written with a staccato, snare-drum energy that keeps the pages turning. This is Breaking Bad for the ganja set, Elmore Leonard in Vansterdam. A heck of a lot of fun. Owen Lakkanen, author of The Professionals, on The Deadbeat Club by Dietrich Kalteis

“Whether you are a Bee Gees fan or just love rock history and all of the backstage hoopla that goes with the territory, this fascinating and well-written journey in the life of one of the world’s foremost drummers is not to be missed.” Dish Magazine on You Should Be Dancing by Dennis Bryon

Cod, salt, whales, and water have all inspired terrific exploration narratives. Now the humble, much-maligned beaver stakes a claim to equal accomplishment. Author Frances Backhouse ranges through history, rambles the contemporary backwoods, and brings us all face to face with . . . wait for it . . . the Mighty Beaver!Ken McGoogan, author of Fatal Passage, Lady Franklin's Revenge, and Celtic Lightning, on Once They Were Hats by Frances Backhouse

“I didn’t know I wanted to understand Nicolas Cage, until I read Lindsay Gibb’s book. Now I’m sure of it.” — Jesse Wente, head of film programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox, on National Treasure by Lindsay Gibb

“Joey Comeau is unhireable. But that’s okay because as a writer of cover letters to soulless corporations he’s a mad genius. In Overqualifieder each letter is an angry, funny, sad, clever story masquerading as a cry for help or an indictment of 21st Century life. You choose. And it’s so much fun you’ll want to start from the beginning and read them all over again, like I did.” — Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Little Slee, on Overqualifieder by Joey Comeau

Data! data! data! Nikki Stafford has fashioned excellent bricks from perfect clay.Guy Adams, author of The Sherlock Files, on Investigating Sherlock by Nikki Stafford

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