Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

Daniel Addison has one thing left to do before is done with politics;  he needs to find a candidate to run in the Tory stronghold of Cumberland-Prescott.  Even though there is essentially no chance of a liberal candidate winning he is finding no one willing to take up the challenge.  After speaking with every possible contender he turns to his landlord, Engineering Professor Angus McLintock.  With essentially no fund, no campaign workers and no committed party representative, Daniel somehow has to run a very convincing campaign against the extremely popular Conservative incumbent.

I want to tell you more, but even one more word will start to give away plot developments and I don't want to deprive you of the fun of reading about them.  I wasn't too sure about reading a book about politics, but I was assured that it was funny.  Well, politics is funny all on its own, if you don't believe me, get a bowl of popcorn and turn on the house of commons channel one day and start watching.  I was hooked in the first pages.  From back room dealings, sexual escapades, campaigning to lose, this book has it all and more, lots more.  There were times I was laughing so hard the tears were streaming down my cheeks.  My family thought I had lost it for sure.  One section kept me laughing page after page.  I could image the press reporting on "that story" and not letting it go.  Oh yes, Canadian politics rocks.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes politics, for anyone who doesn't like politics, even those who are indifferent will be amused.  The Best Laid Plans is not limited to Canadian readers only, readers in any country will enjoy the antics portrayed within its covers.

This book has been chosen as the "One Book One Community" read for Waterloo Region for 2010-2011.  Mr. Fallis will make several visits to the area for book readings and signings.  I was lucky to win this book in a contest sponsored by the local newspaper, The Record

This is my first book for the 4th Canadian Book Challenge hosted by John at The Book Mine Set.   All readers are welcome to join in the fun.  You don't have to be Canadian.

Photo Credits:

Liberal Party Logo - Liberal Party website
Conservative Party Logo - Conservative Party website
NDP Party Logo - NDP website
spiked collar - Hand Made Dog Collars
hovercraft - from Terry Fallis's website


Heather said...

Don't you want to know how the spiked dog collar fits into the story???

Terry Fallis said...

I love the "reading map" you've created. Thanks so much.


Suzanne said...

This sounds like a good one -- I'm going to look for it when I'm up in Winnipeg next week. Thanks for posting the review.

Janet in Toronto said...

LOVED this book. Am listening to the follow-up, The High Road, podcast weekly free on iTunes. It will be published this fall, I think.