"On Our Radar" is a 49th Shelf series featuring books with buzz worth sharing. We bring you links to features and reviews about great new books in a multitude of genres from all around the Internet and elsewhere.
Hummingbird, by Devin Krukoff
Reviewed at Consumed By Ink:
Hummingbird reminded me of Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill. I thought I knew what was going on until I realized I didn’t. And from that point on, I questioned everything I read (I was as confounded as Felix). If you don’t like being confused or not knowing how things stand in your fiction, you might want to avoid this book. But, for me, it was a pleasure.
Claws of the Panda, by Jonathan Manthorpe
Opinion piece at The Toronto Star:
So it was not until two years ago that I saw I had the full picture, and felt confident enough to sit down and write the outline for what has become my book, Claws of the Panda: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada.
What is astonishing is that just as the book was completed, the story of Meng Wanzhou and Huawei Technologies, of which she is the chief financial officer, broke.
Years, Months, Days, by Amanda Jernigan
Appears on "The Best Poetry of 2018" in The New York Times:
Jernigan’s book is tiny—it comes in at only 50 postcard-size pages, with many of those pages containing just nine or 10 words. It’s also a highly unusual project: a quasi translation of Mennonite hymns into lyrics that are half prayer, half reflected secular yearning (Jernigan is not herself religious). The book is carried by Jernigan’s obvious respect for her sponsoring material and by her superb ear...
Sugar and Snails, by Sarah Tsiang and Sonja Wimmerman
Selected for the 2019 Amelia Bloomer Top Ten:
Each year, the Amelia Bloomer Project seeks to recommend well-written, well-illustrated books for young readers with significant feminist content.
Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Tentacle Terror, by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas
Reviewed by Mary Thomas in CM: Canadian Review of Materials:
It is not surprising that this series, of which Tank and Fizz: The Case of the Tentacle Terror is the fifth, is a hit with early-novel readers. It has everything: excitement, suspense, inter-species friendships (apparently there is no racism in Slick City), and a whole lot of yuckiness. Not just green skins, googly eyes, and fangs, but choco-slug cookies, dulce-and-yarrot soup, and dog-headed kobold pirates. It also has lots and lots of tech and computer gadgetry that mixes in with magic to provide new and different effects. When all these individual pluses are put into a half-way plausible story presented in a mix of pictures, comic strips, and regular text, what you get is a real winner.
A compelling, haunting novel about a man experiencing gaps in time, and the pain of living inside an anxious mind. Winner of the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award
Felix wakes up one day to find he has a girlfriend he doesn't recognize. He finds a novel, with his name on the cover, that he doesn't remember writing. He's been losing time since unive …
Claws of the Panda tells the story of Canada’s failure to construct a workable policy towards the People’s Republic of China. In particular the book tells of Ottawa’s failure to recognize and confront the efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to infiltrate and influence Canadian politics, academia, and media, and to exert control over Canadi …
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST POETRY BOOK OF 2018
A transfiguration of Mennonite hymns into heartbreaking lyric poems, Years, Months, and Days is a moving “meditation on the possibility of translation.” Bridging secular spirituality and holy reverence with the commonalities of life, death, love, and hope, Jernigan explores the connection between hymn an …
A novel twist to a classic rhyme.
Who says that little girls are made of “sugar and spice and everything nice?” Or that boys are made of “frogs and snails and puppy dog tails?” What if girls were made of “boats and snails and dinosaur tails?” And little boys of “flowers and swings and bumblebee wings?”
When the traditional rhyme just …
When valuable cargo ships vanish from Rockfall Mountain's busiest port, crime-fighting goblin detective Fizz Marlow and his troll sleuthing partner, Tank Wrenchlin, know Detective Hordish is going to need their help (whether he wants it or not). But it's Tank's mom, the harbor master who is really feeling the heat. It's her responsibility to keep …