Month: July 2013

The Many Covers Of The 2013 Man Booker Nominees

Man_Booker_Logo_300x300I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover, right?  But how can you help it?  Like it or not, we’re all highly visual beings and cover art can make or break a book when it comes to sales.

Below I’ve complied all the different covers that have been released across the globe for each of the 13 Booker nominees.  Let’s play a little game.  Comment below and tell us, based on looks alone, who would get the Booker for best cover design?

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13 Facts About This Year’s Man Booker Nominees

Man_Booker_2013I did me some internet sleuthing this morning.  Don’t judge.  Seriously, how productive have YOU been today?

In no particular order, here are 13 facts about this year’s Man Booker nominated authors and/or titles that you probably haven’t heard about.

Or maybe you have.

Or maybe you’re lying.

Whatever the case may be, I’m not here to rain on your literary parade  Take credit.  Look smart. Impress your friends.  But above all, enjoy.

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2013 Longlisted: The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin #2

The_Testament_of_MaryRating: 2.5
The Testament of Mary
A Novel by Colm Toibin
2012 / 96 Pages 

The Testament of Mary begins rather abruptly, the reader is given no clear time frame as to how many years have followed the crucifixion of her son. It has the feeling that it has started as though we are beginning at the half-way point. Mary’s character and her development and surroundings comes across as though the true development was established in the first 100 pages or so prior to what the reader is privy to.

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2013 Longlisted: The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

The_Testament_of_MaryRating: 2.0
The Testament of Mary
A Novel by Colm Toibin
2012 / 96 Pages

I must preface my review with the statement that I do not care to share my opinions on religion and politics.  They are both very personal and influenced by geography, familial tendencies, life experiences, etc.  That said, The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin could not be a more controversial religious novel that has been long listed for the Booker prize and I need to review it.

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2013 Longlisted: A Tale For The Time Being By Ruth Ozeki

A_Tale_For_The_Time_BeingRating: 4.0
A Tale for the Time Being
A Novel by Ruth Ozeki
2013 / 432 Pages

Ruth Ozeki’s third novel A Tale for the Time Being, is a meta-fictional work that features an alternate version of the author as one of the story’s two main protagonists. When Ruth finds a Hello Kitty lunch box washed up on the beach near her home it sets her off on the path of an amazing adventure. Inside the box are several items, the most revelatory of which is the diary of a suicidal sixteen-year-old Japanese girl named Nao. Desperate to unlock the truth and determine what became of the girl, Ruth begins reading.

The novel starts out with this rather straight-forward idea, but somewhere along the way it begins to transform into a fascinating piece about writer’s block and the constant push and pull relationship that exists between an author and their readership. Oh, and it also features a surprising amount of dog balls and cat ass. We’ve sprinkled some quotes throughout this review for your … enjoyment? Look, there’s one now.

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Karli’s Longlist Predictions for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

Man_Booker_Logo_300x300I can’t believe it’s already time for another round of The Man Booker Prize.  With last year’s groundbreaking results and the surrounding controversy, we have high hopes for MBP activity in 2013.  But before that can happen, we have to know a little more about the nominees.  The official longlist titles will be revealed tomorrow (July 23), but in the meantime, here are a few of my predictions about what may appear on the longlist announcement.  I have not yet read many of the potential nominees, but for a more complete list of possibilities, check the goodreads list of eligible titles.

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