Slava knows that to make his stories convincing he has to get the details right, and...he provides more than enough correct details and well crafted figurative turns of phrase to convince most readers to go along with him...
So many critics seem to have been knocked on their behinds by Dicker's novel that I can't be sure I'm not missing something...They see a masterpiece; I see a completely ordinary, amiably cartoonish and well aerated page-turner...What the book does well is what all good thrillers should: it twists and turns.
Candor and fearlessness are the hallmarks of the books: Knausgaard will share anything, not for shock value or self-indulgence, but to show that plainspoken honesty gets to the heart of the human condition. Halfway through, this series is starting to look like an early-21st-century masterpiece.
...his narrative is focused on not eating what the rest of the crew is eating, not sleeping where others sleep...he waits in his cabin alone, wondering what the hell is going on. Dyer might as well be on a cruise ship, and he knows it.
He says that the financial rescue programs enacted in the crisis years were a success because the alternative—which no one can ever know—would have been far worse. What we do know is that, six years later, the economy is suffering through a historically weak recovery and the emergency programs haven't ended.
Mr Greenwald used to be a lawyer. He is very good at showing that much NSA activity was against the law; for example, the agency took raw data collected from Americans and secretly gave it to Israel. All too often, though, he proselytises rather than analyses.
A comprehensive, illuminating and highly readable study of a notorious episode in the annals of the American justice system.
Throughout, vivid details of his search in blistering heat for holy sites both authentic and dubious anchor this complex, compelling spiritual testimony. "You've met my Jesus," he concludes. "Now meet your own."
It is a fitting epilogue to 20th-century travel-writing and essential reading for devotees of Sir Patrick’s other works—though eclipsed by his earlier books and the world they conjured.
Mr. Itzkoff’s narrative is thorough yet brisk as he catalogs the good and the bad that befell Mr. Chayefsky and his passion project. It is fortified with vivid anecdotes pulled from generous access to the Paddy Chayefsky papers at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts...
The opening chapter, on Hebel, is the most forceful, a piece of historical criticism conducted entirely from the armchair (not a seagull in sight).
The story is fast-paced and full of the expected twists and turns, some of which caught me by surprise. As a thriller, it’s a good read and while the plot is complicated, Hole does well enough in linking them all together.
...Powers’ Orfeo is one fantastically fun read...it’s a thriller with a wanted man on the run, peppered with social and political critique, intrigue, near misses, and a hero to root for.
These depictions of Roger Ailes as something other than a frothing, ratings-mad showman-provocateur may be cases of damning with faint praise. But it’s about as a fair and balanced an account as one could hope to read about someone who has so weightily tipped the scales of American political life to the right.
Unfortunately, Ms. Medsger's writing is pedestrian and often repetitive...Nonetheless, "The Burglary" is an important work, the definitive treatment of an unprecedented and largely forgotten "act of resistance" that revealed shocking official criminality in postwar America.
Happily Mr Shakespeare, a novelist and biographer of some note, is too good a writer to succumb to sensationalism. Instead, and after some impressive research, he builds a nuanced, sensitive portrait of this sad and glamorous member of his family, who died in 1982.
...magic is transmitted via a narrator's voice, whose captions punctuate the frames, combined with speech bubbles from the characters whose animated facial expressions mirror their dialogue.
...what makes Happy City such an instructive book is that it first describes the pathologies distressing big cities, globally, and then outlines the solutions that can offer a cure.
The vacuum of space is unforgiving and brutal. Life on earth isn't easy, either. Mr. Hadfield has genuinely and refreshingly increased our understanding of how to thrive in both places.
This is, quite simply, a must-read book. It is characteristically brutal, tragic, darkly humorous, and riveting.