This is a beautiful book, an astounding meditation on the paradoxes of fate, human relationships and nature. Fans of Doerr, rejoice: This might be his best book yet.
Though the prose is fast-paced and sharp, the burdensome dialogue only serves plot and back story, and is interspersed with unfortunate attempts at folksy humor.
Although not deeply interested in the astrological symbolism, I was appreciative of Catton’s story-telling prowess and enraptured of her characters. In persuading us to fall in love with them, she accomplished her goal.
. . .it is the tension of Zamperini's fight to live in barbaric conditions that makes "Unbroken" so disturbing and thrilling.
Stephen King shows the reader the innocence of youth, but he also illustrates the nastiness of the world. People desire to be safe and protected. They look to the amusement park as a means of escape from reality.
Wein balances the horrors of war against genuine heroics, delivering a well-researched and expertly crafted adventure.
Writing in plain, clear prose, Skloot avoids melodrama and makes no judgments.
The sometimes slow pace picks up considerably as the disparate characters decipher the past and try to save the souls variously threatened by the golem and the jinni...
But Between the World and Me is no ordinary book, and the writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates...is no ordinary writer. This personal account, written in the form of a letter to his 15-year-old son, who has experienced great emotional pain around the Ferguson incident wherein police killed Michael Brown, this personal account demands a personal response.
The writing is elegant, philosophical and moving. Even at its length, it’s a work to read slowly and savor. Beautiful and important.
There is subtle humour and particles of hope in Adam Johnson’s horrific tale from North Korea....By weaving such a compelling story, Johnson has given the people of North Korea that much needed voice.
The Help is the kind of book impossible to stop reading. The tension mounts as the maids who participated in the interviews with Skeeter, watch and wait for the white ladies to identify the fictitious names and fire the maids.
When the situation turns dangerous, Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution—imperfect but believable—maintains the novel’s delicate balance of light and dark.
Stedman grounds what could be a far-fetched premise, setting the stage beautifully...Most impressive is the subtle yet profound maturation of Isabel and Tom as characters.
I would of course never want to experience first-hand what it was like to be in the water off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915, with the bow of the gigantic vessel fast disappearing beneath the surface (it took all of 18 minutes). But I am very glad to imagine the scene, thanks to Erik Larson's thrilling, dramatic and powerful Dead Wake.
If you somehow haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird, go to the library...or bookstore immediately. If you haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird recently, it is worth reading the novel again.
The whole effort might have been worth it had the novel’s much-hyped blackout-set climax somehow glued every broken piece together. But again, Hallberg is hungrier than he is patient...
When Frances and Lily confront their radically altered existence, the narrative culminates in a breathtaking denouement. British writer Waters (The Little Stranger) deserves a large audience.
The Boys in the Boat is...an often inspiring feat of narrative non-fiction, though it could never be as thrilling as the victory of those nine boys from Washington state on a windy day in Berlin once upon a very dark time.
Apart from a few overly dramatic metaphors, Lina recounts her story with a straightforward clarity that trusts readers to summon images of starvation, disease and death, and grounds them in a reality young adults can understand.