...it’s hard not to be swept up in his vision and root for everyone one of these characters to survive the hardships Weir puts them through.
Hawkins is assured and confident, plaiting together the stories of her three narrators and moving back and forth in time as she narrows in on one fateful – and forgotten, in Rachel’s case – night...The thriller scene will have to up its game if it’s to match Hawkins this year.
Less terrifying than its famous predecessor, perhaps because of the author’s obvious affection for even the most repellant characters, King’s latest is still a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance’s story.
The prose is lovely, with the sort of wondrous, magical, humor-free tone that could be cheesy in the wrong hands. Doerr's novel is ambitious and majestic without bluntness or overdependence on heartbreak...
Gaiman’s books always contain humor, and the The Ocean at the End of the Lane is no different. Even when things look bleak, the characters don’t take the danger seriously. It’s a mere 178 pages, and a quick read.
It is easy to see why a maniac might want to cull the population of the world, but why he should do so in the form of this childish game? That’s one thing that is never explained.
We do not imagine that the author believes in astrology, but we do expect that she has used it scrupulously. The astrological framework imparts to every character a destiny. While giving us visible assurance of the novel's plot, it also demonstrates that this is a novel about plotting.
Highly recommended, even for those who have already read the excerpts in the New Yorker.
Then again, any consideration of the novel’s quality seems insignificant in light of what the fact of it means—the death by inches of a great character, because someone decided to play fast and loose with an artist’s best intentions.
. . .it is the tension of Zamperini's fight to live in barbaric conditions that makes "Unbroken" so disturbing and thrilling.
...what makes King resonate for me is the detail work, the way he can get inside the most mundane situation and animate it, revealing in the process something of how we live.
Wein balances the horrors of war against genuine heroics, delivering a well-researched and expertly crafted adventure.
Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic has richly paid off.
Don doesn’t need to be fixed or changed from the appealing unique person he is. But I found myself wanting to shed a few tears for this brave man who logically faces life and slowly starts to open his mind to change.
Skloot narrates the science lucidly, tracks the racial politics of medicine thoughtfully and tells the Lacks family’s often painful history with grace.
Here the payoff is thoughtful, mesmerizing book with intriguing characters, situations and a hopeful but by no means certain happiness for some...The plot is one that kept me guessing and believe me, this is a good thing. Its intricacies take quite a while to unfold and take shape.
Has she sacrificed too much? We know what she has given up to survive, but not whether the price was too high. Readers will wait eagerly to learn more.
Throughout he resists the urge to tie up these ugly complexities with anything pat, delivering a perspective, in many ways, that you could call post-cynical.
Through Joe’s narration, which is by turns raunchy and emotionally immediate, Erdrich perceptively chronicles the attack’s disastrous effect on the family’s domestic life, their community, and Joe’s own premature introduction to a violent world.
he Book Thief is a marvelous work that will touch readers of all ages. In his use of imagery and language Markus Zusak has created a highly accessible vehicle for some complex issues.