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About meLiving in Fredericton. Librarian. Author. All-round raconteur.

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"I’ve often wondered how a novel’s characters might assess the book they’ve been thrust, unwillingly, into -­ like victims of a kidnapping. Well, now it’s actually happened to me. Yes, Eric McCormack appears as a character in Shelf Monkey. Once I got over the shock of finding myself there and settled in for the long haul, I thought: What a literate, witty, suspenseful, alternate world Corey Redekop’s created. I’m not so sure I want to be rescued from it!"Eric McCormack, author, The Dutch Wife

"A playful — yet very serious — ode to bibliophilia. Corey Redekop writes with energy and imagination, deft little jabs that go straight to the solar plexus. I laughed, and thought — a great deal — reading Shelf Monkey."Paul Quarrington, author, Galveston, The Ravine

"I read several promising first novels in 2007, all so different that I am unable to choose a favorite...Corey Redekop provided this year's gonzo fun with his Shelf Monkey, an utterly enjoyable novel about radical bookworms."Jeff Vandermeer, author, City of Saints and Madmen

"... stylistically playful ... reminiscent of Stephen King's approach in Carrie. That it feels neither redundant nor artificial is a testament to Redekop's control over his material and his ability to push his story effortlessly forward.What is most praiseworthy about Shelf Monkey is its tone, which is blackly comic, and not afraid to get its hands dirty ... bracing and edgy and skirts the line of cruelty without ever quite tripping over it ... Redekop plays with this tension nicely throughout the novel, providing a critique of a literary culture that prizes shallowness and false sentiment over an authentic engagement with difficult texts, while at the same time assuring all of us who love books that, whatever our literary tastes or predilictions, and for better or for worse, we're all in this together."Steven W. Beattie, That Shakespeherian Rag

"The surprises are worth the price of admission. There is a good bit of social satire, and the characters are exceptionally well drawn. Highly recommended."
Nick DiChario, author, The Valley of Day-Glo

About my libraryI live for books. I have a problem. I'm trying to deal with it.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2011, Author Chat, Books Compared, Build the Open Shelves Classification, Canadian Bookworms, Hobnob with Authors, Librarians who LibraryThing

Favorite authorsPaul Auster, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Tony Burgess, Raymond Chandler, Lesley Choyce, Philip K. Dick, Jim Dodge, James Ellroy, Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, Jonathan Lethem, Eric McCormack, Arley McNeney, Lydia Millet, James Morrow, James Morrow, Jim Munroe, Andrew Pyper, Paul Quarrington, Corey Redekop, Tom Robbins, Dan Simmons, Timothy L. Taylor, Lavie Tidhar, Jeff VanderMeer, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert J. Wiersema, Michael Winter (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresReid's Newsstand & Cafe, Westminster Books

Favorite librariesFredericton Public Library, University of New Brunswick - Harriet Irving Library


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I'll get right on it myself! Congratulations!
Hey! It's October! Is your book ready???
Well, darn it, it will be hard to wait until October. And it has to do with...zombies?
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Hey, a new book! Can't wait to read it!

We are two out of the three recommenders for Alexander Macleod's Light Lifting. I will be sure to read your suggestion, and I think you may enjoy the book I suggested.

Meanwhile, how are you doing?

Hey Corey

Just after I reviewed You Comma Idiot, someone sent me the Canada Reads list. I was very excited to see your cool book in the top 40! (I see from your blog you were hoping for that). I can tell you that at least a couple of fans are now trying to vote you into the top 10! Plus I volunteer in a school library, and as I was telling the librarians and an English teacher that there was a fun surprise on the list (ie your book), I also told them that the school could certainly justify owning any book on the list, and that they have to get it in. Working to get you another chocolate bar, too!

It is just amazing to have a worthwhile outsider on that list, and I could not be more pleased for you.

Congratulations, and U rok!
Souci (another self-identified little shelf monkey)

PS I will go back and add in a mention of your book and the list into my review of Y-C-I.
Corey: SO DARK THE NIGHT is available from Amazon--

--and I should get my personal order (120 books) later this week. We're having a launch here in town on June 17th, so if you're in the neighborhood we'll have a few drinks and shout at the devil together (as we Irish say).
Senor Redekop: Did you order a copy of SO DARK THE NIGHT? I see we're the only two people on LT to list it among our collections and since it was only officially released about a week-10 days ago, I wondered how you managed to secure a copy. Do drop me a line. And have a fun, responsible long weekend, yes?
A pleasure to share an affiliation AND friendship on LibraryThing. Hope our paths cross in the real world some day soon, chum...
PS Everything is Illuminated is a really wonderful book.

I just meant that not one came up with either of my ideas. Several mentioned Anthony Burgess. How could no one else have come up with more modern references?

Anyway, on further thought, the really interesting idea is that the Deity has made us in his image, and He plans to kill many of us by cancer or war etc, and thus we are obliged to both imitate Him and deserve His treatment of us. That's kind of cool and I am going to add that thought to my review.

Hi Corey

I received Pygmy as an LT Early Review copy. I saw that you had read it, and reviewed it and I checked out what you said. Interesting - we came to the same conclusion, although you are a fan, and it was only my first Palahniuk.

I just wanted to ask - why am I the only person who thought of "Everything is Illuminated" and the "Simpsons"? Everyone went on and on about the dialect but I just thought he copied it all. Who are these people who write reviews? Any ideas?

I just read your review for Tom Clancy's Executive Orders. While I suspect our political views are probably polar opposites, your review had me laughing hysterically. The bit about the Republican viewpoint being summed up in shows like the A-Team and Touched By An Angel was just fantastic! As I type this, I am still laughing my head off. Thanks for a great review! For the record, I am not a fan of Executive Orders either. Red Storm Rising is my favorite Clancy novel.
I'll do my best to get you a couple sets of wings.
I finally read and reviewed your book - here on LT and also on my blog.

It was great, and I'm glad I discovered it.


I just saw your recommendation for people who liked "sock" by penn jilette. Then i came here, then i checked out your blog. Now i realize i have to get your book too. Your ideas and your reviews are great. Thanks for doing that!

Exactly, that's why they're so great, coz they're your actual opinion (and you can express it so brilliantly).
Some reviewers are really PC and sycophantic, and that's just boring....
Hi there,
I just wanted to thank you for all your fantastic reviews, I have had so many fun hours with them all ready. They are very moreish...
Hi Corey
You are welcome. I really enjoyed your book Shelf Monkey. I use to be a book seller and seeing some of the stuff people buying was pretty scary. Wish I was working when your book came out.
I think your review of Minnow Trap was one of the best and - dare I say it - informative ones that I've read. I couldn't stop reading it. It was hilarious and horrible at the same time. That is to say, your words were not horrible, but the obvious atrociousness of the novel. Like a massive 20-car pileup on the interstate, I could not look away even though I wanted to. I think I need to find your other reviews to see if they are as entertaining. :)
Welcome to Books Compared. Hope you'll post a comparison review! We've had some interesting reviews on the site, but so far nothing that inspires a belly laugh. Something humorous would definitely add to the ambience.

I came back to LT to write a short review for the Weight of Numbers but then saw yours and it was absolutely spot on. Great review.

Btw I just read the short excerpt on Amazon for Shelf Monkey and there is a short story in "How to Be Alone" - (Franzen - in my catalogue for details) on reading and readers you might be interested in.


Lovers and loathers of Dan Brown and his on-off relationship with the English language are directed to You know it makes sense. Well, more sense than the book.
My god what a horrid book Minnow Trap was. How many times can one person use the word "jested". I by no means can write at all but I can guaran-damn-tee you that I could have come up with a few other words to use insted of "jested". Maybe with all the copies he sold he could have traded one for a thesaurus.

I've afraid I don't have an actual copy - yet. :)

I have it tagged as wishlist right now and will be pre-ordering it from my local Coles when the lines are less than ten people deep (i.e. in January).

Will you be coming out to Alberta to promote your book? It would be really cool to have an autographed copy of a book by a Bookcrossing / LibraryThing author!

I wish you great success with your book sales. I'm really looking forward to reading Shelf Monkey.
I too was a Hardy Boys fan, up until the age of 12 or so. Your comparsion of Dan Brown to FW Dixon is brilliant. I dont think I would ever have thought of it on my own.
Glad you like my review of Mark Rayner's book. Looks like we're a very select fan club! Though there is one other LTer who has the book.
I adored your Da Vinci Code review.
I almost fell out of my chair laughing. :-)
You totally made my day.
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