Mitchell's ability to throw his voice may remind some readers of David Foster Wallace, though the intermittent hollowness of his ventriloquism frustrates. Still, readers who enjoy the "novel as puzzle" will find much to savor in this original and occasionally very entertaining work.
The book is a courageous and important work. It was devoured in one devoted sitting and well worth the investment of time, emotion and the humble resignation that even with small, great steps, we still have a long way to go.
There are some fabulous pitched battles leading up to a conclusion that it’s easy to imagine in the cinema – the only major duff point is the love-at-first-sight romance to which Alex is subjected, which fails to ring true for a number of reasons, not least its opening act of torture.
Grisham fans looking for courtroom drama might be disappointed by “The Whistler,” since McDover’s questionable cases are glossed over. The book feels more like the first half of an episode of “Law & Order,”...As ever, Grisham sprinkles “The Whistler” with sharp observations about lawyers.
The most interesting athletes are never the stars on the ascent or the gods at the top of the game, but rather the humans on the other side. For all he was in his prime, 99, and the stories he shares, are about as human as they get.
French is one of the best thinkers and best plotters in the business, and she sells narrative control as a motivating force just as strong and concrete as love or greed. She knows how to take a fluttering concept and pin it, nice and tight, to a dead body.
In the end, Hodgkinson defines bohemians in business as people who want “to enjoy our work and enjoy our everyday life and make a living from it, all at once”. If this is you, then add this wry and helpful eccentric book to your reading list.
Perhaps if some of the subject matter hadn’t pushed a couple of my personal hot buttons, I’d have enjoyed the story a little more. Even so, Rafe and Laurel’s journey was well worth my time, albeit a little heavier than I had been expecting and it is always nice to catch up with the wider cast of the series.
As with Smith’s previous novels, commentary is delightfully folded into the fiction. More so, simulating the novel’s deep appreciation of dance, Smith’s prose, too, takes on a sort of accelerated, feverish cadence. Reading parts aloud to myself only felt natural.
...she discovers her husband is wrestling his own addictions: to pornography and sex with strangers. How she — and he — rebuild their lives, together and apart, is what makes “Love Warrior” so riveting.
In a masterful stroke reminiscent of the black American artist Alison Saar, the metaphorical Underground Railroad of history – whereby slaves were transported under cover of night from one safe house to the next, bound for free land – is replaced by an actual train, the stations hewn by mysterious hands.
...Robbie Robertson’s memoir, Testimony, showing off the story-telling chops he says he learned from tales heard in the longhouses of his mother’s Six Nations reserve and from reading the screenplays of Akira Kurosawa, Luis Bunuel and others, is a particularly rich stew of incident and anecdote.
Unlike most Reacher books, which start at breathless velocity and then wind up having to work through huge, empty action scenes later, this one gets better as it goes along. Its complexity pays off with a better than usual MacGuffin and real teamwork against a global enemy.
My nitpicks are limited to these: The tete-a-tetes about the voyeurism going on in Lumia got repetitive...Overall, though, Archangel’s Heart was a thoroughly enjoyable addition to the Guild Hunter series.
“News of the World” is a narrow but exquisite book about the joys of freedom (experienced even by a raging river threatening to overrun its banks); the discovery of unexpected, proprietary love between two people who have never experienced anything like it...
...he’s created a hilarious, innovative work, at a time when the work is only part of what makes a comedian successful. Maybe someday, when no one remembers Norm Macdonald or SNL (let alone any of us), future readers will rediscover and embrace it as a purely comic novel...
I Am Brian Wilson is being published today, almost exactly fifty years after the release of “Good Vibrations.” It is a wonderful insight into a troubled genius; he is one of America’s greatest songwriters.