Overall, Code Name Verity is a book that is clever, funny, bewildering, tragic and thought-provoking all at once. I know now that all the time I spent struggling on with it were truly worth it, and I am so glad that I saw it through to the end.
...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.
Real life is seldom as neat as it appears in a Malcolm Gladwell book.
By choosing to tell a story that most people already know — however vaguely — Larson risks losing impatient readers who open the book anticipating an immediate bang...is a fine book. Larson breathes life into narrative history like few writers working today.
Plenty of personal essayists, including really good ones like Nora Ephron, Anna Quindlen and E.B. White, burn out or switch to fiction after a few books...Yet here's David Sedaris with his eighth collection...
...Brown has picked his subject and central characters well, telling their story with knowledge and passion. “The Boys in the Boat” makes for absorbing and sometimes thrilling reading, even by people who have no previous interest in rowing.
Important, entertaining, and inspiring, this novel is a must-read for all wishing, not just for an escape from life, but for an experience that may move you to change a life.
Geek know-how doesn’t serve any similar purpose in Armada. At best, it maps the novel’s grand conspiracy that Space Invaders and Star Wars were government propaganda for a coming alien war (which is strange, because interplanetary xenophobia was never my takeaway from A New Hope).
What didn't keep my attention were the mysteries that the main characters were supposed to be uncovering or the main characters themselves.
...Bring Up the Bodies, starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up, as it chronicles Henry’s growing impatience with second wife Anne...
A rarefied, intimate literary study delineating a roiling revolutionary era.
Beautiful Forevers is an extraordinary work of journalism. Gripping, heartbreaking, penetrating and respectful. It will open your eyes.
A series of poems about English grammar offer humor and a lens into the difficulties of adjusting to a new language and customs...An incisive portrait of human resilience.
While I enjoyed the book and the ensuing mystery, I did find myself growing weary of all of Agnes’ missed opportunities.
The author’s adherence to historical detail is admirable, clashing with both title and cover, which imply far more froth than readers will find between the covers.
While I enjoyed the prose and most of the relationship aspects and portrayals, I thought The Book of Blood and Shadow had some serious flaws. I think its elements were trying to come together to tell us about life, death, and faith but the unevenness of the novels’ second half failed to deliver the thematic resonance.
This was a powerful story and a brilliant book. It is completely told through the eyes of a young boy and I think the author has done this brilliantly.
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.
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.
Is it surprising if a seed grows where it lands, once it’s been scattered? Can it be helped? In “Brooklyn,” Colm Toibin quietly, modestly shows how place can assert itself, enfolding the visitor, staking its claim.