Author Archives: Robbie

About Robbie

Hi there, my name is Robbie Burns (no,really, that’s my name…hold the haggis jokes please) and I would like to welcome you to the Pink Sheep Cafe. I started this blog as a means of discussing books and all things literary in light of my perpetual isolation. At the time I began writing, I was living in Split, Croatia. There wasn’t much here in the way of English book clubs and I couldn’t work, so I badly needed something to help me bide my time. My partner and I have since left Croatia and returned to Canada to live in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. When we first moved back here, my blog writing sort of fell by the wayside, but now I seem to be back on track. I try to read and review a little bit of everything here; I think everyone can find something to their liking here. I find myself tending more towards more literary reads these days, but I also enjoy a lot of YA and children’s fiction. One of my ongoing goals is to work my way through all of the Nobel Laureates. My two most favorite authors are Timothy Findley and Halldor Laxness.

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Book Review (Sort of)

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, copyright 1970. Translated By: Gregory Rabassa Publisher: Harper Perennial Pages: 416 Source: Personal Collection – Purchased Used Reason for Reading: Reputation of Author The Blurb:“One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the … Continue reading

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The Year of the Goat – Margaret Hathaway – Book Review

The Year of the Goat by Margaret Hathaway, copyright 2007. Publisher: The Lyons Press Pages: 204 Source: Personal Collection – Purchased New from Munro’s Books Reason for Reading: Recommendation from Billy Did you hear the one about the sheep that … Continue reading

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The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison – Book Review

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, copyright 1970 Publisher: Plume Pages: 216 Source: Personal Collection – Purchased Used Reason for Reading: Reputation of Author Toni Morrison is the latest dent in my mission to read my way through the Nobel … Continue reading

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Fun Home – Alison Bechdel – Book Review

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, copyright 2006. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Pages: 232 Source: Personal Collection – Purchased New Reason for Reading: Recommended by Wallace Fun Home first came to my attention by way of this review at Unputdownables. Wallace gave … Continue reading

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Stowaway – Karen Hesse – Book Review

Stowaway by Karen Hesse, copyright 2000. Illustrated by: Robert Andrew Parker Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks Pages: 315 Source: Personal Collection – Purchased New from Munro’s Books Reason for Reading: Recommendation of a Friend Several months ago, I was inquiring on Pink … Continue reading

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From Stone Orchard: A Collection of Memories – Timothy Findley – Book Review

From Stone Orchard: A Collection of Memories by Timothy Findley; copyright 1998 by Pebble Productions Inc. Publisher: Harper Collins Pages: 170 Source: Personal Collection – Purchased Used Reason for Reading: It’s Timothy Findley…Enough Said! Sigh!! I love Timothy Findley…have I mentioned … Continue reading

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The Outsider – Albert Camus – Book Review

The Outsider by Albert Camus, copyright 1942. Translated from French by: Stuart Gilbert Publisher: Penguin Group Pages: 120 Source: Personal Collection – Purchased Used Reason for Reading: Reputation of Author I picked up The Outsider because I’m trying to work … Continue reading

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A Note To My Kid

I didn’t have the balls to make a video for the It Gets Better Project. As I sit here now thinking about it, I feel a sense of shame about that. (I’m crying right now thinking about it) As a … Continue reading

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The Road – Cormac McCarthy – Book Review

The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Copyright 2006 by M-71, Ltd. Publisher: Vintage International Pages: 287 Source: Personal Collection – Purchased Used Reason for Reading: Reputation of Author This is, by far, the longest book that I’ve read in a single … Continue reading

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The Quiet American – Graham Greene – Book Review

I’m going to be honest…this is slightly embarrassing to admit…but until about five years ago, I didn’t know that Graham Greene was an author. Every time I heard the name Graham Greene, I thought people were talking about this guy, … Continue reading

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