...I’d perhaps have enjoyed a slightly grittier portrayal of the battle for the time, money, and resources needed to save one human from millions of miles away. Nonetheless, after this book, I am definitely going to be spending all of my time science-ing the shit out of everyday life.
It felt like watching a long-awaited, much-touted extreme martial arts match end in a tie. At least I learned something about Dante, Florence, and the H+ movement—and it was more fun than a typical history lesson.
Overall, Code Name Verity is a book that is clever, funny, bewildering, tragic and thought-provoking all at once. I know now that all the time I spent struggling on with it were truly worth it, and I am so glad that I saw it through to the end.
This book has incredible cliff-hangers and it is spectacularly described and envisioned. However, I do think it was focused too much on the topic of thoughts, which I didn’t find particularly interesting because I prefer action and drama.
This is a great work full of danger, fear, and riddled with suspense. While a great YA novel, adults will also be interested in the depth of the story.
..."Mockingjay" is...the most violent and bloody and, based on the actions and statements of its characters, its most overtly antiwar — though not so much that it distracts from a series conclusion that is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as "The Hunger Games." Wow.
This is fiction rich in empathy, wit and science. Like the butterflies that astonish Feathertown, Kingsolvian gifts are “fierce and wondrous,” “colors moving around like fire.”
...I would recommend this book to readers because of its excitement, meaning and unpredictability.
“Divergent” holds its own in the genre, with brisk pacing, lavish flights of imagination and writing that occasionally startles with fine detail.
It is not a light-hearted read, for sure. There's a very high body count, and some brutal torture scenes. But for me all of that was outweighed by the epic-style adventure and truly satisfying romance that made the novel a "Dove Bar" experience.
Watson handles what could have turned into a cheap narrative gimmick brilliantly, building to a chillingly unexpected climax.
However, in the end, it’s the unrelenting references to '80s movies that squander any possible tension in the narrative. Readers never doubt whether the good guys will win because they’re constantly reminded: good guys always win in the movies. A hackneyed sci-fi spectacle.
ll that said, I did enjoy Unraveling and devoured it.
...Haddon tells the story from the boy's fixed perspective, succeeding so brilliantly that the clarity of his hero's point of view makes the world of ordinary people (with its flaws, inconsistencies, and frequent betrayals) seem out of sorts and dangerously unreliable.
As a fellow reader, I say this to all of you: if you have never read Alice Munro’s work, please pick up Dear Life. You will come to appreciate what a fine writer she truly is. I can honestly say that I have added her to my list of favorite authors and will be reading more of her collections.
Even the actual writing is sloppy, in keeping with the overall construction. Gregory says in her author’s note how much fun she had writing this. Perhaps some may enjoy reading it.
Ernest Cline does an excellent job with this mash-up novel.
Characters from the previous volume reappear to good effect...Collins has also created an exquisitely tense romantic triangle for her heroine. Forget Edward and Jacob: by book’s end (and it’s a cliffhanger), readers will be picking sides—Peeta or Gale?
Harrison...breathes life into Adlerian psychology, and weaves theory into a heart-pounding thriller that will keep you up at night.
Like most road-trip novels, American Gods can be disjointed and episodic, but, like the best of them, it's still worth the trip.