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.
Intense character studies complement the realistic plot. Hawkins creatively uses the unreliable narrator as “The Girl on the Train” alternates among the first-person recollections of Rachel, Anna and Megan. What each of these women doesn’t know about the other - and what they have surmised about each other’s lives - make for an energized story.
I could hardly find the courage to turn the page. Almost 40 years later, I've changed, the world has changed, the planet has changed — and Stephen King is still scaring the hell out of me.
If a book’s success can be measured by its ability to move readers and the number of memorable characters it has, Story Prize–winner Doerr’s novel triumphs on both counts.
...that distant but recognizable childhood place...is deeply colorful and imaginative, taking place in a world of unusual creatures and situations, described compellingly and convincingly in a way that makes them feel soundly logical.
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...
Catton artfully restrains her verse, and she occasionally breaks the fourth wall—reminding readers that this story is about, above all things, the excitement of storytelling.
Fey's great talent as a writer. . . is that she is fearless but not fearsome, and her charming, no-holds-barred attitude is on full display here.
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.
. . .it is the tension of Zamperini's fight to live in barbaric conditions that makes "Unbroken" so disturbing and thrilling.
The novel is like a plump wad of cotton candy; it fills the mouth with fluffy sweetness that quickly dissolves when the reader starts to chew. That’s by design.
Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic has richly paid off.
I completely fell in love with the character of Don Tillman and I guarantee anyone else will surely enjoy his well developed personality just as much. Overall, I'd say it's more of a comedy than a romance but definitely worth reading if you want something lighthearted and heart-warming.
Henrietta Lacks deserves to be remembered, as does Deborah Lacks. Rebecca Skloot has provided the tombstone that Henrietta’s family could never afford. This true account is at its best when paying tribute to a woman whose life, in death, has benefited countless individuals worldwide.
...I immediately got sucked in, somehow lost a bit of interest in the middle but found myself engrossed in the story once again towards the end.
Mr Coates has written a powerful book that reveals how being the parent of a black teenage boy in America is to be visited by night terrors about his survival. Read more at http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21656629-father-tells-his-son-what-it-be-black-american-letter-despair#obqk4WitBs11oYpm.99
It is Joe’s story that lies at the heart of this book, and Joe’s story that makes this flawed but powerful novel worth reading.
With The Bone Clocks he has brought off his most sinewy, fine and full book to date, a Möbius strip-tripping great novel that will reward bleary-eyed rereading until he writes his next one.
...bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.
The mix of desire and disdain for popularity and acceptance many women face and the way it shapes them as human beings and informs their actions is the heart of Kimberly McCreight’s Reconstructing Amelia.