Since 1997 I have reviewed new books for a local newspaper. Unless otherwise indicated, that is where all of these reviews first appeared. Canadian authors are highlighted in red.

The First Five Years: Reviews, 1997-2001
The Second Five Years: Reviews, 2002-2006
The Third Five Years: Reviews, 2007-2011


1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
All the Voices Cry
by Alice Petersen
Ancient Light by John Banville
The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair
A Blessed Snarl by Samuel Thomas Martin
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Capital by John Lanchester
The Carpenter by Matt Lennox
The City's Gates by Peter Dubé
The Complete Lockpick Pornography by Joey Comeau
The Dead Are More Visible by Steven Heighton
The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Door to Lost Pages by Claude Lalumière
Driving on the Rim by Thomas McGuane
East of the West by Miroslav Penkov
Embassytown by China Miéville
The Empty Family by Colm Toibin
Husk by Corey Redekop
Idaho Winter by Tony Burgess
The Joyful Child by Norman Ravvin
Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis
Milosz by Cordelia Strube
Mount Royal by Basil Papademos
A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava
Nina, the Bandit Queen by Joey Slinger
Nondescript Rambunctious by Jackie Bateman
Orientation by Daniel Orozco
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
Poison Shy by Stacey Madden
The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
Radio Belly by Buffy Cram
Red Means Run by Brad Smith
Remember Why You Fear Me by Robert Shearman
The Rest Is Silence by Scott Fotheringham
Toploader by Ed O'Loughlin
The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby
The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
The World by Bill Gaston
World War Z by Max Brooks

For as Far as the Eye Can See by Robert Melançon
Groundwork by Amanda Jernigan
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff
Sub Divo by Norm Sibum

Second Opinions
brief reviews of award-winning books

 

 

Age of Fracture by Daniel T. Rodgers
All a Novelist Needs by Colm Toibin
Among the Truthers by Jonathan Kay
Assholes by Aaron James
Back to Our Future by David Sirota
The Ballad of Jacob Peck by Debra Komar
The Blind Spot by William Byers
The Borgias by G. J. Meyer
Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace
Censored 2013 Ed. by Mickey Huff, Andy Lee Roth and Project Censored
Childhood Under Siege by Joel Bakan
Confessions of a Young Novelist by Umberto Eco
Darwin's Ghosts by Rebecca Stott
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges
Eminent Elizabethans by Piers Brendon
Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story by D. T. Max
The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick Ed. by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem
The Food Police by Jayson Lusk
From the Ruins of Empire by Pankaj Mishra
Glittering Images by Camille Paglia
The Great Train Robbery by Nick Russell-Pavier and Stewart Richards
A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain by Owen Hatherley
Honour on Trial by Paul Schliesmann
Hot Art by Joshua Knelman
The Information by James Gleick
In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood
Iron Curtain by Anne Applebaum
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm by William Manchester and Paul Reid
The Last Viking by Stephen R. Bown
Leonardo and The Last Supper by Ross King
Machiavelli: A Life by Miles Unger
Mad as Hell by Dominic Sandbrook
Masscult and Midcult by Dwight Macdonald
The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray
Nightmare Movies by Kim Newman
The Origin of Feces by David Waltner-Toews
Our Way Out by Marq De Villiers
Pity the Billionaire by Thomas Frank
Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland
Predator Nation by Charles H. Ferguson
Reading the 21st Century by Stan Persky
Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
The Servant Economy by Jeff Faux
Solar Dance by Modris Eksteins
Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith by Andrew Preston
Thieves of Bay Street by Bruce Livesey
This Is Not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco and Jean-Claude Carrière
Time Reborn by Lee Smolin
Trudeau Transformed by Max and Monique Nemni
Truth or Beauty by David Orrell
The Unfair Trade by Michael J. Casey
The Unwinding by George Packer
Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher? by Donald J. Savoie
When the Gods Changed by Peter C. Newman
Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live by Ray Robertson
Winter by Adam Gopnik