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Followup Questions: An Interview with Ian Weir, author of Will Starling!

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Last week I reviewed Langley, B.C. author Ian Weir’s new¬†novel Will Starling, and as you can see from the post I enjoyed it quite a bit!¬†After reaching out to his publisher, Goose Lane Editions, I was very lucky to able to ask Weir a few questions about the book, the thought process and research that went into putting it together. Read on for a sneak peek into how one of my favourite Canadian books this […]

Review: Will Starling, by Ian Weir (2014)

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There’s something about the idea of surgery that captures our imaginations. The idea of a person who holds a literal knife’s edge between life and death for a helpless mortal, who’s either tied down or unconscious on a slab? Both of these scenarios hold their own horrors, making this the stuff of great drama. Far from the rich, professional class they embody today, the history of surgeons is until the 20th century pretty barbaric; practitioners […]

Late to the Party: Daniel O’Thunder by Ian Weir

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“Spectacle, dear boy. Never mind the mirror held to nature. If they want nature they’ll look at a tree. Bangs and whizzes — startling effects — characters who shriek and stab and get on with it. That’s what they want, and so naturally that’s what we give them.” (p. 72) It’s probably a cliche at this point to point to a novel preoccupied with physical violence and call it “muscularly” written. I’m pretty sure if […]