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.
The surprise-packed narratives hurtle toward a stunning climax, horrifying as a train wreck and just as riveting.
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.
Sloppily plotted, turgidly written, "Inferno" is so poorly constructed, so uninvolving...that it makes "The Bridges of Madison County" look like "The Great Gatsby,"...
There’s a lovely payoff after the miles of twists and turns. It’s work getting there but work of a thoroughly pleasant kind.
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."
Never before has she given us a novel with a single narrative voice so smart, rich and full of surprises as she has in The Round House. It's her latest novel, and, I would argue, her best so far.
Although Cloud Atlas will most likely be Mitchell’s most beloved book by the end of his career (and has the highest chance of entering the literary canon), The Bone Clocks will hopefully be the book that fans pass on to their friends and family, their voices a little hushed as they say, “Read this one—I think it’s better.”
In this moment and a thousand others like it, Johnson...juxtaposes the vicious atrocities of the regime with the tenderness of beauty, love, and hope.
...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.
King may be exploring the nature of violence in contemporary America, but the narrative’s pacing is too slow for it to catch. King plots every action of his main characters, who spend a distracting amount of time thinking things through. Nothing is held back, which means the suspense never gains momentum.
...guilt eats away at Tom, and when the truth does emerge, he takes the blame, leading to more moral self-examination and a cliffhanging conclusion. A polished, cleverly constructed and very precisely calculated first novel.
Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good writing.
Emma Donoghue is a very, very skilled writer. Room is a remarkable achievement. It’s one of the best books I have read in years.
Readers must pay careful attention to Mitchell’s explanations for this and other unfamiliar concepts such as the “lacuna,” the “orison,” the “operandi.” If not, the narrative will just fall apart. That would be a pity. This is a work which leaves a powerful trace of feeling in its wake...
This short novel does a particularly hard thing: It chronicles the recalibration of a 30-year marriage after it has fallen out of balance. Each of the two people strays to fulfill a need they don't share and the story resolves in a conversation after an amateur musical performance, in an homage to Joyce's "The Dead."
The Goldfinch is a pleasure to read; with more economy to the brushstrokes, it might have been great.
This book is recommended for teenagers and adults of all ages, as the message Lee conveys should be read and understood by everyone.
Her third outing for adults is her best yet, combining the best parts of the whimsical Margarettown and the grim and political The Hole We’re In to craft a beautiful story about getting a second chance at love.