Author: shannon

Be the Carnie, not the Mark…

How are you doing, readers, with the LOL's latest novel? As I'm making my way through Will Ferguson's Spanish Fly, here are some notable parts: Chapter 33 I love the way Ferguson describes the art of the con in musical terms, likening the take to the jazz...

Will Ferguson Talks

What exactly is Spanish Fly? In the words of the author of the best selling Canadian novel of the same name: "Spanish Fly is a beetle and it's used to incite mating among livestock and what it generally does is it irritates the urinary tract, which...

Life in the Fat-Free Fast Lane

I came across this comic recently and while it made me giggle, the message is no laughing matter. It's frighteningly indicative of the "I want it and I want it now culture" we live in. Why work hard for something if you can just buy it?...

Playing on the Angle in Spanish Fly

Clever, very clever. Shameful, but entertaining. That's how I would describe the never-ending stream of cons being played out by Virgil, Miss Rose, and our lead guy, Jack, in Will Ferguson's fabulous novel, Spanish Fly. Described with such vivid and colourful detail and including such entertaining...

Viva Vegas on Free-For-All-Friday

I love Fridays, although sometimes I wonder why. I'm not sure having my kids lounge about or demand rides to the mall, movie theater, and friends' houses is actually a break, and with a husband who is a shift worker, it's not like Saturday and...

Smart Kids, Senseless Parents?

Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Do you have a 10-year old in your house? Do you know any? If so, you don't need to tune into that once popular TV program to have your sneaky suspicions confirmed: Those fifth graders are frighteningly smart. But...

Slow Start Till it Got Sexy

A third of the way into Will Ferguson's Spanish Fly, I'm really beginning to enjoy this book but I'll be honest...

Will Ferguson…in Vegas?

What do Will Ferguson and Las Vegas have in common? Well, I don't know, really. Mr. Ferguson might be a big time gambler (he's certainly up on his clever crime schemes of the depression-era) or maybe he enjoys a good stiff drink, readily available in any...

Sex & Chocolate Cake: Two Hot Topics @ LOL’s Monthly Meeting

Open was Kathy's (on the right) book choice but because Kathy's house is without windows (and floors and some doors), Cindy W (left) kindly offered up her spectacular home to hold this month's LOL meeting. Of course, it was under the condition Kathy provide the...

Gratitude from Laura Gosset

I would like to take this opportunity to send out my heartfelt thanks on this Free-For-All-Friday to the lovely Ladies On Literature for their generous donation to Project Literacy Kelowna in memory of my Mom, Cleone Gosset. Mom passed away on January 1st, 2012 at...