Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Green Books Campaign: Ethical Oil by Ezra Levant

This review is part of the Green Books campaign.Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.

The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on "green" books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website.

I'd first like to point out that this book has been printed on acid-free paper that is 100% recycled, ancient-forest friendly (100% post consumer waste).

Ezra Levant seeks to moralize the tar sands by demoralizing oil imported from other countries. He addresses the idea that there are many myths associated with the tar sands and attests to the idea that there would be terrible implication if the tar sands were to be closed. He addresses social and environmental impacts of the tar sands in relation to other oil sources. Overall, Ethical Oil is an engaging examination if not provocative reading on the idea of putting ethics above environment.

I may be slightly biased as I am an environmentalist so I will try not to dwell on my personal opinion surrounding what this reading discusses. I see what Ezra is trying to do with this book by identifying that there are far worse places socially to obtain our oil but I am discouraged by the fact that he denies any social impacts here in Canada. Although limited these social impacts in conjunction with the significantly detrimental environmental impacts in my opinion make our oil sands less ethical. Anyways, that is my rant. I will now just discuss the quality of the writing. Ezra Levant writes for the everyday reader. The writing is actually quite easy to understand. I don't believe you need a university degree to understand it. Therefore, although engaging the book did nothing to change my opinion on the oil sands. However, I do recommend it as it is an interesting and somewhat educating resource.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Review: Witch and Wizard by James Patterson


Whisty and Whit Allgood are a brother and sister who live in a world ruled by the one who is the one. They are taken from there family in the middle of the night and thrown in jail accused of being a witch and wizard. Thousands of young people are in the same predicament. The ruling regime will stop at nothing to suppress life and liberty. Whit and Whisty are the chosen ones set to lead the rebellion and release the prisoners from this world of tyranny.

I really love dystopian novels and this one was no exception. The world created by James Patterson is a world where the children are persecuted like adults so in turn act like adults. This make for a very interesting story. I did not find this to be a slow read. There really isn't a romantic element to the story yet, although this world is set to be a series so that may come with time. There is a pretty big cliff hanger at the end but I'm sure with the next book coming out the cliff hanger is well worth it. Overall, not a bad read if you enjoy dystopian novels.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


I'm hoping to come back with a twist.

Some of you might have noticed that my last post was forever and a day ago... While I have been completing a Master's in Environment and Sustainability so I have been reading a lot of school related material and not so much YA fiction. So to still keep my blog active I am going to start posting a little bit of Envirolit mixed with the YA.... Hopefully will have a review coming up soon!