Like all of McEwan’s work, The Children Act (named after an act of Parliament) is a very readable narrative, fortified with suspense and displaying a taste for the lurid.
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.
"Joseph Anton" also turns out to be a fascinating character study.
Fans of the familiar will find this an unchallenging goth-and-glitter pleasure.
The languid atmosphere seduces, and Cash’s fine first effort pulls the reader into a shadowy, tormented world where wolves prowl in the guise of sheep.
This timely and inspiring book offers many insights into how to improve America’s mediocre school system.
The ploys for future stories were obvious and unlike a couple of twists to the Tohr and No’One storyline, were predictable which lessened their emotional impact.
This is a good book that leaves you wanting to know more. If you like reading about the supernatural, whether you are a Christian or not, I think most people would enjoy reading it because there is no logical explanation for the things Colton seems to know.
It is a brave and subtly disturbing affirmation of faith, and it is all the more remarkable for its engagement with the deepest questions, the most painful mysteries of our lives.
The atheists know what they don’t believe in, but they don’t seem to know what they don’t feel. This is a gap that has existed for centuries, and de Botton doesn’t fill it.
As the events of the 1940s slip ever further away, they become harder to comprehend and imagine. In his foreword, Wiesel explains why he felt compelled to write Night, saying his "duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living". He has done more than most to keep alive their memory.
In dramatizing the angst that Harry experiences, Rowling does her usual page-turningly good job. Although this is a complex novel, the high energy level almost never flags, thanks in part to the author's ability to create vivid scenes and set pieces.
Comparisons to The Little Prince are appropriate; this is a sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike.
Robinson is adept at studying the small print and reading between the lines but she never forgets to look up at the stars.
...has proved to be the most lasting element of Burnett's literary legacy. Perhaps that shouldn't surprise us, given how ahead of its time it was.
It is a fair tribute to her skill and sensibility to say that the book leaves a reader with an impression of life's riches and strangeness rather than of easy thrills.
Ms Schiff, a Pulitzer prize-winning author and biographer of Cleopatra, clearly relishes her subject and its historical context.
Framed by short anecdotes relating to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone, Albom’s story unfolds in reportorial-style sketches, right up to a double-twist conclusion. A sentimental meditation on "[w]hat is false about hope?"
Cassandra Clare continues to produce consistently original, imaginative stories that manage to fit cleanly into the genre without falling into its clichés and pitfalls.
Mr. Orwell's animals exist in their own right, with a narrative as individual as it is apt in political parody.