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.
Brown fans will be satiated, critics will sneer and Brown will sell oodles of books. The movie will drop in a few years, naturally.
Characters who are pale, waxen, grievously wounded, bone thin, fogged by opium, or redolent of the sea in a rugged region plagued by shipwrecks, move through the book alongside the living. Dead or alive? That’s not a question on Ms. Catton’s astral plane. The question is whether it matters.
His is the compelling account of survival, resilience and redemption as told by Laura Hillenbrand, author of the best-seller “Seabiscuit,” in her new book, “Unbroken.”
Devin Jones uncovers the secrets of Horror House, but during his Joyland apprenticeship he also learns something grander: "Life is not always a [rigged] game. Sometimes the prizes are real. Sometimes they're precious."
Wein’s story ducks and dodges ingeniously, giving us multiple double-takes and surprises, ratcheting up tension and emotional power as the story moves towards its conclusion.
Rebecca Skloot revivifies Henrietta, studying her not only as the originator of her cell line but as a woman embedded in history. Her absorbing book is not just about medicine and science but about colour, race, class, superstition and enlightenment, about the painful, transfixing romance of being American.
...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
The strength of The Book Thief is its wit and understated horror...It is an impressive book and I appreciate Mr. Zusak’s ability, but a few lesser moments of the author trying to get the audience to tear up would have worked in its favor.
...he has written an exceedingly readable book...
I really enjoyed this book, it was a really great read and I loved how it showed you the world at the time through three people's eyes...
The joy and wonder of teenage love is cut with the awkwardness and fumbling that goes along with it. The vicious cruelty and bullying teens can show at the least sign of not fitting in is hard to read about...I think the way is cleared for a future for them and that their chance at it is a good one.
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.
Larson...once again demonstrates his expert researching skills and writing abilities, this time shedding light on nagging questions about the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915...An intriguing, entirely engrossing investigation into a legendary disaster.
The shadows of a beginning for black-white understanding, the persistent fight that Scout carries on against school, Jem's emergence into adulthood, Calpurnia's quiet power, and all the incidents touching on the children's "growing outward" have an attractive starchiness that keeps this southern picture pert and provocative.
It was always going to be difficult for City on Fire to live up to the expectations being laid on it. But Hallberg’s concern for authenticity ultimately pays off...
Despite its twists and turns, the climactic courtroom scene sags. Everywhere else the drama is taut. Another gripping and atmospheric triumph from one of Britain’s finest storytellers.
Brown lays on the aura of embattled national aspiration good and thick, but he makes his heroes’ struggle as fascinating as the best Olympic sagas.
A harrowing page-turner, made all the more so for its basis in historical fact, the novel illuminates the persecution suffered by Stalin's victims (20 million were killed), while presenting memorable characters who retain their will to survive even after more than a decade in exile.