With not much writing time left, Rakoff – a well-known contributor to This American Life who died of cancer last year just after finishing the book – managed to create whole characters from a handful of words.
If you can get past this opening section, the book becomes a fun adventure, but things work out all too easily for the main character...
Fans will continue to enjoy Greg's ongoing efforts to come out on top.
Kinney hasn't lost his touch for spinning universal details of middle-school life into comic gold—he doesn't have to worry about becoming a dirt sandwich anytime soon.
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias proves that sometimes a little mystery is a good thing.
an author whose infernal puzzle mysteries invariably inspire words like devious, diabolical and devilish, all of which apply to “XO.” It’s Dance’s toughest case, and one of Deaver’s best books.
...attempts to track the history of an icon that has no real history. The story of his creation, by high-school friends Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, is in many ways the beginning and ending of his journey.
...this is undeniably an invaluable historical document offering a glimpse into the horrific human consequences of the imperial powers' scramble for Africa as much as it is a compelling tale.
Bechdel's ability to capture this complicated dynamic in a comics format is at once dazzling, intellectually thrilling...
Delisle, a former animator, has a knack for visual shorthand...
. . . an entertaining role model for the intended audience. . .
The story, with its riffs on fairy tales and quest narratives, offers just the right balance of familiarity and originality, with plenty of humorous asides.
It is all but impossible to criticise this novel; that would be like kicking a slightly senile labrador that always retrieves a ball when you throw it, whether you like it or not.
Both a work of social realism and a fable with a moral.
While Cumming’s mangaesque art is craftsmanlike, it is also limited in its range; the underage Uglies and the older Pretty cohort appear similarly flawless, undermining a vital element of the story.
Fahrenheit 451 was an excellent book about a “Utopian” Society where everyone was kept happy with shallow material things in exchange for thinking, true feelings, and book-burning.
This part of the story is effectively told by Gaiman, as the mission gives the story shape until Dream's character solidifies. The art varies from book to book, as it, too, struggles a bit to find a shape.
The story arc feels complete. The series' feminism was edgy five years ago, but is so no longer. As a man who chose nonparticipation in life as a moral stance, Yorick is a Gen-X anti-hero, and the series is a comic-book masterpiece.
The novel makes for an exciting, grippingly intense...read.
Card spends the greater part of the book building up this relentless pressure on Ender only for the climax itself to pass with more of a whimper than a bang.