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.

AV Club

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jan 05 2017

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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.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 22 2016

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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.

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Nov 15 2016

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Her message is that with hard work, and an attentiveness to our true needs, we can achieve such things. Me, I’m not feeling it.

NY Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Nov 10 2016

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Each of these books is as memorable for its locations as it is for narrative or even denouement, and “The Wrong Side of Goodbye” really takes Harry traveling.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 09 2016

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She is firstly a masterful storyteller, though, bringing these characters, her own cast of witch’s poppets out of their 17th-century gloom and into chattering, shaking, finger-pointing life.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 04 2016

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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.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 01 2016

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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.

Globe and Mail

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 21 2016

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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.

LA Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 14 2016

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Adding to the sense of distance is a subplot that doesn't add much except 50 pages. Flowers' girlfriend gets recruited to help with research for a doctoral thesis...

Star Tribune

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Oct 14 2016

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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.

Financial Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 13 2016

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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.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 12 2016

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Tan's contest with himself will presumably continue. Fortunately for his fans — both those of his previous efforts, and new fans won over by this delightful book — he'll probably keep winning.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 12 2016

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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.

Globe and Mail

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 25 2016

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...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.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 17 2016

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It was only when the story abruptly ended and then when I thought about it later that I felt it was underdone. If it had been the 110 page novella I was expecting I think I’ve had enjoyed it more.

Dear Author

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Nov 10 2016

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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.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 09 2016

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...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.

Globe and Mail

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 25 2016

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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.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 03 2016

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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.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 31 2016

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Mr. Salle gets no points for originality of insight...But “How to See” is lovely to read, mostly, because Mr. Salle can actually write.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 19 2016

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What is truly frightening, and monitory, in Ullrich’s book is not that a Hitler could exist, but that so many people seemed to be secretly waiting for him.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 14 2016

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“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...

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 13 2016

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...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...

AV Club

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 12 2016

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Autumn is a beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities; the “endless sad fragility” of mortal lives.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 12 2016

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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.

Forbes

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 11 2016

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