I 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?
Rating: 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.
Rating: 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.
Rating: 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.
I 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.