In a book of this scope, the narrative is inevitably top-heavy in spots, and the plot wears thin toward the end, but this is storytelling at its most seductive, a brash historical adventure.
Frog Music is a morality tale in the modern style: Blanche is redeemed through self-realisation. If Donoghue is a revisionist, tipping over the apple cart of accepted histories, then she is doing it by stealth and having a lot of fun with it, perhaps more seduced by the debauch than the redemption.
Nathan's grit and his longing are what sustains the book..."Half Bad" is strongest when at its least fantastic, yet it still scores plenty of genre points, incorporating potions and portals and a rite of passage called the Giving, which also neatly serves as a ticking clock.
"The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos" is not flawless...But these are minor quibbles. For the remainder of the text, nearly every other sentence belongs in a time capsule, so evocative of time and place is the author's prose...
Fans know the formula: plenty of rousing battle scenes—Weber’s specialty—and characters that gradually, over many pages, come into focus...If you’re not already addicted to this series, don’t start here.
All the In Death books have their mystery and their more personal parts. I thought both these aspects were well done here, so I’d recommend Concealed in Death...I’d say this comes in at a solid B on the strength of the mystery and the Mavis backstory.
The Martian is true in that sense to the genre, in its manufacture and resolution of suspense carried on to the final pages.
...Cameron crafts a more straightforward adventure with a narration that nicely captures an ordinary child’s way of thinking—and of blocking out unwelcome knowledge.
Annihilation is a book meant for gulping — for going in head-first and not coming up for air until you hit the back cover.
Cornwell skillfully illuminates the competing cultures of the 10th Century; the conflict between Dane and Saxon is examined with sympathy and insight...
Payton keeps his prose taut so that nothing diverts the reader from the suspense of Easley and his compatriot’s struggle to stay alive. You can hardly ask for a more gripping novelistic scenario. The Aleutian landscape itself functions as the novel’s vital principle...
...politically savvy but militarily uneventful novel that bridges the gap between the last novel and the expected sequel.
It’s vintage Clancy...stuff, full of cool technology and cardboard characters... with a story that, given enough suspended disbelief, is a pleasing fairy tale for people who like things that blow up.
It’s hard to compose facts and figures into a volume that reads as easily as a novel, loaded with derring-do and emotion. Mr. Holmes has succeeded at that challenge, profiling an important but underexamined aspect of human history that is uplifting in all its forms.
All the author’s strengths are in evidence—his capturing the rhythms of small-town life in Clanton, Miss., his skill at making legal minutiae comprehensible, and his gift at getting readers to care about his characters.
Unlike Walt’s usual adventures...this novella shuns mystery for a wild and dangerous adventure that will leave you both touched and breathless.
Apart from references to such things as advanced robots..2060 New York City is indistinguishable from present-day Gotham in bestseller Robb’s 38th full-length Eve Dallas thriller...In addition, nothing in the cookie-cutter plot couldn’t have happened in the present or near past.
Her vision is as affirming as it is cautionary, and the conclusion of this remarkable trilogy leaves us not with a sense of despair at mankind’s failings but with a sense of awe at humanity’s barely explored potential to evolve.
I so wish I could give Rock Chick Revolution even a marginal recommendation, but the truth is, unless you’re an avid fan of the series, you’re most likely going to be disappointed. I know I was.
Silva seems intent on reassuring readers he knows whereof he speaks by lacing the narrative with historical factoids and geographical minutia each time Allon sets foot in a new locale. Literate, top-notch action laced with geopolitical commentary.