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.
Ford writes the kind of marooned-on-a-desert-island books that force you to question why you need to read anyone else (answer: Alice Munro). Again and again, his characters ask us to regard contradictions as plain common sense.
First of all, I must say that this is one of the books which grips your whole attention and, even more, makes you think about your life in a philosophical manner...I believe it is a great book to read and I thoroughly advise every single person to read it, especially those who are interested in philosophy.
But the last 150 pages ultimately let the book down.
Something of an odd couple at the outset, Long and Longmire pull together as the complex investigation deepens. Tough, resourceful and quietly funny, as always.
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.
Through the adventures of Lily Casey — mustang breaker, schoolteacher, ranch wife, bootlegger...bush pilot and mother of two — Walls revisits the adrenaline-charged frontier background that gave her own mother a lifelong taste for vicissitude.
... it offers intimate, often startling access to the peculiar intellect and capacious soul of a 20th-century icon.
"Boleto" is a quiet novel, but one that reverberates like a stone thrown into a deep, still mountain lake.
People have always loved gossip and I am no exception, but the relentless dishing of dirt here is no fun at all, devoid even of the debased pleasure of Schadenfreude.
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.
Both Ria and Landry need to resolve the way they feel about their families, before they can be ready for each other. And once they’re ready, wow!
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.
... immensely affecting first novel.
I heartily recommend Lonesome Dove as a stand-alone book. It’s a great story, well-written, with excellent characters that were easy and delightful for me to connect with.
It is an epic tale of mythic proportions, a testament to one man’s courage and indomitable will, and much of it is based on fact.
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.
Pullman, a well-versed reader of children's books as well as a writer of them, insists on a paradox common in children's fiction...Lyra and Will in His Dark Materials - must experience doubts and make choices.