Category Archives: Award Winner / Nominee

The Light of Day by Graham Swift

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 324 pages, 2003 Rating: 3/10 Reason for Reading: Longlisted for the 2003 Booker. Synopsis: In a single day, an ex-cop turned private investigator of marital affairs explores how the events of two years … Continue reading

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 639 pages, 2000 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: I avoided it for a while, despite the Pulitzer Prize, because it was about comic books, but the continuing praise from unexpected sources eventually drew me in. Synopsis: … Continue reading

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in mass market), 392 pages, 2003 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: Because it’s Atwood, of course. Synopsis: It’s some time in the indeterminate future, and Jimmy, or Snowman, as he now goes by, is living … Continue reading

Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in mass-market), 326 pages, 2000 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: Recommended at BookCrazy. Synopsis: A number of teenagers in Algonquin Bay have gone missing, and Detective John Cardinal’s worst suspicions are confirmed with the discovery … Continue reading

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 226 pages, 1998 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: This one got some buzz before the movie adaptation was released. Synopsis: The Hours takes a brief but deep look into the lives of three women: Virginia Woolf … Continue reading

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 511 pages, 2002 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: A buzz book. Synopsis: Sue Trinder, orphaned and left to Mrs. Sucksby and a “family” of cheats and liars in London, 1862, is about to … Continue reading

The Navigator of New York by Wayne Johnston

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 483 pages, 2002 Genre: Fiction, Historical Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: A group read on one of my Yahoo groups. Synopsis: The Navigator is a fictionalized account of real characters, Dr Cook and … Continue reading

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 318 pages, 2001 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: It was popping up on people’s best-of lists. Synopsis: A birthday party thrown in honour of Japanese businessman, Mr. Hosokawa, is raided by terrorists looking … Continue reading

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 544 pages, 2002 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading A buzz-book of 2002/2003. Synopsis: Middlesex follows a mutated gene through three generations of an odd and twisted family, until the gene emerges in Cal(lie), … Continue reading