Category Archives: Religion

The Hidden Assassins by Robert Wilson

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 453 pages, 2006 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I like a good thriller, and the fact that it was set somewhere that I don’t often read about (Spain) was also a motivator. Synopsis: Inspector Jefe Javier … Continue reading

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Mass-market, 367 pages, 1990 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A lovely woman in the States was nice enough to send me an entire box of books a few years ago, which included this one. It’s a title … Continue reading

Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 147 pages, 2004 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: It was featured in Time Magazine, and since the author is from Toronto, I thought it might be worth checking out. Synopsis: A collection of … Continue reading

Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 343 pages, 2003 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A buzz book. Synopsis: In Reading Lolita, Nafisi chronicles her life in Iran as a university professor during a time of war and repression. In … Continue reading

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 148 pages, 1975 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I was looking for a simple how-to book on meditation. Synopsis: Hanh, a zen master, explains meditation techniques that keep the mind focused on the … Continue reading

The Spiral Staircase: My Climb out of Darkness by Karen Armstrong

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 306 pages, 2004 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I’ve had a couple of Armstrong’s books on my to-be-read list for a while now, but I somehow ended up reading this brand-new one first. … Continue reading

Testament by Nino Ricci

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 456 pages, 2002 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A buzz book; I read Lives of the Saints for a high school English class and enjoyed it. Synopsis: A fictionalized account of the life … Continue reading

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in mass market), 454 pages, 2003 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: One of 2003’s big (if not biggest) buzz books. Synopsis: Robert Langdon, a symbologist, is called to the scene of a murder in the … Continue reading