The Orchardist is a beautifully written and haunting novel, a mood not usually captured by first time authors.
"Boleto" doesn't take many chances, but this final discovery is surprisingly touching and bittersweet.
I get frustrated with change not happening. It got to me a lot in this book, though when I finally got to the end, I understand why Rivers wrote Angel the way she did. It ended up working and was more powerful this way.
...because Ford’s novel is among the most moving I have read in recent times, and he makes good use of its Canadian locale.
The Hound of the Baskervilles was a light, enjoyable read. It is easy to see why Sherlock Holmes mysteries were so popular. They are easy to read, quickly paced, and pack enough muscle to keep the page turned. Holmes penetrating powers of observation and deduction are fascinating.
Told in simple expository language, this is a spellbinding tale of heroism and obsessive retribution.
While the outcome is never in doubt, the woman’s meeting with Lucian in the present day holds more than one surprise.
But Mr Meyer’s reach exceeds his grasp. He is a talented writer, and this ambitious epic has many fine moments, particularly his vivid descriptions of the unspoilt landscape and bloody raids that set the story in motion. Yet apart from Jeannie, the characters are largely lifeless...
Wagamese (Dream Wheels, 2006, etc.) sends young Franklin Starlight on a "medicine walk," a journey of knowing, in this story about the nature of manhood...A powerful novel of hard men in hard country reminiscent of Jim Harrison’s Legends of the Fall.
True Grit is a rarity--a truly comic novel and that's a seldom thing in these drearily. Freud-ily unfunny days.
This is McCarthy, I think. He is the artisan at work here, contemplating the limits of his own achievement. He is hammering out "some coinage for a dawn that would not be".
Fans of Parable, Montana series, will delight in Big Sky Secrets. If you’ve never tried a contemporary western romance Miller is a wonderful place to start.
...some people are prepared to go to any lengths to keep the big picture hidden...Johnson’s hero only gets better—both at solving cases and at hooking readers—with age.
Lily’s relationship with her equally headstrong but less practical daughter Rosemary...becomes increasingly prickly. To the end Lily is one tough bird. Like her grandmother, Walls knows how to tell a story with love and grit.
The His Dark Materials trilogy does what all great stories should do; entertain and inform without letting one interfere with the other. This is not an easy read, nor is it as light hearted as the movie version has proven to be so far, yet they are probably the most rewarding and intelligent books of their kind that I've ever read.
A well-rendered neoclassic tale of the Old West, worthy of a place alongside Lonesome Dove and Sea of Grass
The Terror Of Living describes how the misery heaps onto the players fighting over a sharply decreasing share of profit, without dehumanizing their thoughts in order to favor those who are chasing them.
...in their search for the truth they learn some surprising things about Bobby and the long-ago theft of a cache of Morgan silver dollars. You don’t have to be a fan of Longmire, the hit Netflix series, to appreciate this clever tale.
It's a strong story related to the reader by the omniscient narrator, told in a way reminiscent of fairy tales or spiritual texts like the Bible or Koran.
...it is only one of McMurtry's major accomplishments that he does it without forfeiting a grain of the characters' sympathetic power or of the book's considerable suspense. This is a masterly novel. It will appeal to all lovers of fiction of the first order.