Category Archives: Politics

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 439 pages, 2008 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: Always happy to try out a new thriller author – especially one who had a big-name director (Ridley Scott, American Gangster) attached to the movie adaptation a year before his debut novel was even in stores. Synopsis: It’s hard for atrocities to stand […]

1968: The Year That Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 441 pages, 2004 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I picked this up at the used bookstore because I figured anything about the 1960s tends to be interesting, and if a man could write entire (and popular) books on things like salt and cod fish, it was a good bet. Synopsis: In […]

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 Falcón is investigating an unusual murder, in which the body has been stripped of all […]

Yiddish with George and Laura by Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 108 pages, 2006 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: We’ll call this a tribute to the mid-term elections of our southern neighbours. Synopsis: George and Laura Bush take their daughters to visit George Sr and Barbara for their birthdays, and are also joined by George’s charming assortment of brothers…but they’re doing it […]

The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in mass market May 2007), 510 pages, 2006 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: I own The Zero Game but haven’t read it yet, so on to my usual bad habit of reading newer books first. Synopsis: Wes Holloway was a presidential aide ready to take over the world until a […]

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available), 438 pages, 2004 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: The 2004 winner of my favourite award, the Booker Prize. Synopsis: In the year 1983, 20-year-old Nick leads what is, to him, a very complicated life. He’s a wannabe trying desperately to fit into a wealthy, politically active family, convinced that he’s […]

Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King

Dude, Where’s My Country? by Michael Moore

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 249 pages, 2003 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I liked Stupid White Men, as well as Moore’s documentary, “Bowling for Columbine.” Synopsis: Moore explores post-September 11, 2001 America, and how the event has been exploited and lied about for political gain, including trying to justify the war in […]