While the worldbuilding is thin and frequently nonsensical, this grotesque and bloody construction of a vampire world will appeal to readers who've been craving gore over romance with their vampires.
A surprisingly different kind of great Richard Ford novel, then, and one that casts its spell very slowly and with a steady cumulative power.
It's a strong story related to the reader by the omniscient narrator, told in a way reminiscent of fairy tales or spiritual texts like the Bible or Koran.
He’s a stylist of forward motion, placing narrative acceleration above inconveniences like pronouns and helping verbs...newcomers may find the transition from complete sentences daunting...
Johnson expertly highlights his conflicted hero’s dual role as father and sheriff in this deeply satisfying installment.
The paradoxical behavior of this savage savant serves as the magnetic center of the novel, and personifies that mysterious combination of brutishness and scrupulousness that permeates Blood Meridian.
Johnson’s crusty sheriff (Any Other Name, 2014, etc.) remains tough, smart, honest, and capable of entertaining fans with another difficult, dangerous case.
Lily’s relationship with her equally headstrong but less practical daughter Rosemary...becomes increasingly prickly. To the end Lily is one tough bird. Like her grandmother, Walls knows how to tell a story with love and grit.
His heritage as folksinger, artist, and observer of West Texas strife lives on through these distinct pages infused with the author’s wit, personality, and dedication to Americana.
Plot lags behind character, but Hagy reads horses and people so well you won’t mind…so much.
Through interviews with remnants of a long-gone Hollywood, a vivid sense of some of the great formative families emerges...Slips occasionally into hearsay and grievance but rivets readers with “a kind of fascinated horror.”
Really glaring are the absence of reasons why Joslyn loves Slade and why he loves her. Heated love scenes have never been Miller’s forte, but this book flattens them to cyphers.
Unlike your standard-issue action hero, the canny Joe uses his wits, taking time to assess the literal and figurative lay of the land. Box does a good job of working in the backstories of characters and situations, so even new readers should have no problem following along.
All-in-all this is a must read book. You won't be disappointed if you like cowboys, sweet stories, and a lot of emotion.
The Hound of the Baskervilles was a light, enjoyable read. It is easy to see why Sherlock Holmes mysteries were so popular. They are easy to read, quickly paced, and pack enough muscle to keep the page turned. Holmes penetrating powers of observation and deduction are fascinating.
The Orchardist is a stunning accomplishment, hypnotic in its storytelling power, by turns lyrical and gritty, and filled with marvels.
...it is only one of McMurtry's major accomplishments that he does it without forfeiting a grain of the characters' sympathetic power or of the book's considerable suspense. This is a masterly novel. It will appeal to all lovers of fiction of the first order.
Told in simple expository language, this is a spellbinding tale of heroism and obsessive retribution.
To conclude, although definetly a challenging read, I would really recommend it and encourage more people my age to try it and not be scared of it! I'd say that it's suitable for ages 13+ if you want to stretch yourself...I really enjoyed it and I think many more people could too if they gave it a go.
The His Dark Materials trilogy does what all great stories should do; entertain and inform without letting one interfere with the other. This is not an easy read, nor is it as light hearted as the movie version has proven to be so far, yet they are probably the most rewarding and intelligent books of their kind that I've ever read.