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.
There is no predictable dead body discovered at the end of the first chapter, as in half the mysteries you’ve ever read...Hawkins’ tale of love, regret, violence and forgetting is an engrossing psychological thriller with plenty of surprises...The novel gets harder and harder to put down as the story screeches toward its unexpected ending.
Even when you slightly see the twist coming, even when the author pokes his nose in with those quotations from The Waste Land, even when the ending is a bit rushed and you wonder if he has been keeping count of those canisters, as a reader you still inhale this novel like a great glorious draught of steam.
Doerr captures the sights and sounds of wartime and focuses, refreshingly, on the innate goodness of his major characters.
...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.
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.
Ms. Catton here tells a tale of intrigue, double-dealing and frontier justice in mid-19th-century New Zealand (her native country), and she does so with breathtaking observational precision and narrative complexity...In this marvelously inventive novel, nothing is quite what it first appears to be, but everything is illuminated.
Ms. Fey, like Ms. Ephron, is at her most hilariously self-deprecating when it comes to her attractiveness and vanity.
There is much to learn about the artistic and the editorial process in reading Go Set a Watchman...A novel about an adult who goes home and offers a number of flashbacks about her childhood is less dramatically immediate than a story that dives straight into the childhood itself.
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.
The twists will lead readers to finish the last page and turn back to the beginning to see how the pieces slot perfectly, unexpectedly into place. A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching.
With Asperger’s growing visibility in pop culture in recent years, as on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, this novel is perfectly timed.
Skloot narrates the science lucidly, tracks the racial politics of medicine thoughtfully and tells the Lacks family’s often painful history with grace.
...the story is so complex and so intricately woven that it does not lend itself to summary...But it is involving, zigging and zagging, going where least (or never) expected...
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.
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.
The writing is elegant, philosophical and moving. Even at its length, it’s a work to read slowly and savor. Beautiful and important.
If Thatcher’s 1984 is bleak, then get a load of what awaits us in 2030. Speculative, lyrical and unrelentingly dark—trademark Mitchell, in other words.
...he has written an exceedingly readable book...