Weir has created an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel, and Watney is the perfect character to follow as he struggles in an unknown and hostile environment.
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.
In the end, Doctor Sleep is indeed a sequel to The Shining, but stands on its own two feet as another in the long line of classic King night frights.
What’s unexpected about its impact is that the novel does not regard Europeans’ wartime experience in a new way. Instead, Mr. Doerr’s nuanced approach concentrates on the choices his characters make and on the souls that have been lost, both living and dead.
...The Ocean at the End of the Lane is not only for adults who remember being children, but, perhaps more importantly, for those who’ve forgotten.
Hardcore puzzlers and conspiracy hounds will no doubt see Inferno as a cruise ship buffet: endless, rich and all-you-can-eat. It may well leave others feeling overstuffed. As compared to Brown’s previous Langdon novels, this one goes to eleven. The same can’t be said of the writing, which is flat and cliched from cover to cover...
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.
It’s Fey’s biting wit. . . that carries her almost effortlessly. . .from drama at the University of Virginia to the Second City stage in Chicago to nailing an interview with Lorne Michaels and working her way up the SNL ladder.
As a work of literature, it is incontrovertibly imperfect, with a lumpy, lurching narrative. But one can regard the novel as necessary emetic medicine for her vast reading public.
Alternately stomach-wrenching, anger-arousing and spirit-lifting—and always gripping.
...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.
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.
An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike.
“The Rosie Project,” Simsion’s debut and a best seller in his native Australia, reminds us that people who are neurologically atypical have many of the same concerns as the rest of us: companionship, ethics, alcohol.
For several years the Lacks family...refused to talk to Skloot. But eventually her persistence won the confidence of Lacks’s daughter Deborah. Eventually a sympathetic scientist...invites Deborah...into his lab to see HeLa cells for the first time; their wonderment provides one of the great moments of the book.
The ending dips into melodrama, but the human touches more than compensate in Wecker's spellbinding blend of fantasy and historical fiction.
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.
Samori will already understand the bulk of these harrowing truths, but his father’s revelations are not meant only for him. They are directed to parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who have the luxury of raising children whose skin color does not mark them as prey.
What begins as a tense and gripping mystery gradually evolves into something else as a murky mixture of legal and boundary issues makes prosecuting Joe's mother's attacker incredibly difficult.
If you can see the end of the novel through your tears, you’ll find that the family Liesel had carefully crafted for herself is slowly torn apart, as Death claims the members of her family for himself. The humour in the novel stops it from being morbid, but it definitely leaves you feeling both raw and cleansed.