Concise and relatively short, “The Stranger in the Woods” is possessed of a readability that borders on the compulsive. Filled with details writ both large and small, the book allows a glimpse (albeit an unavoidably incomplete one) at the sort of man who would willingly embrace such a life.
This is a very intelligent book, full of sharp insights and mordant wit. But as Harari would probably be the first to admit, it’s only intelligent by human standards, which are nothing special. By the standards of the smartest machines it’s woolly and speculative.
Two sad strains, the spirits’ stubborn, nostalgic attachment to the world of the living and Lincoln’s monumental sorrow, make up a haunting American ballad that will inspire increased devotion among Saunders’s admirers.
...as Norse tales have not received quite the same attention as, say, the Greek myths, it is nice to see someone passing these stories along to inspire another generation.
“The Sleepwalker” is an engaging and eminently readable book. In the midst of its compelling mystery, Bohjalian introduces big questions about the nature of family, about heredity and sexuality and rationality. Its ever-quickening pace leads to fascinating reveals - and while you might see some of them coming, you won’t see them all.
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis will undoubtedly win Rice new fans and welcome back old ones.
What gives Friedman’s book a new twist is his belief that upheaval in 2016 is actually far more dramatic than earlier phases. That is partly because of accelerating technological change...
But we can reflect back to his moment of imagined connection with von Braun, his wish to transmit “the only message lonely slaves of gravity might send: We see you — we are here.” In Chabon’s novel-cum-memoir, we have a profound instance of listening to that message.
Two of these cases are connected, however tenuously, while the third is a good old-fashioned mystery with a couple of twists, turns and misdirections...What is certain, though, is that this will continue to be a series worth reading, and returning to, for some time to come.
As candid and earnest as we can hope for from a polished TV personality, Kelly’s memoir delivers on decency and encouragement.
Mr. Robertson, in “Testimony,” occasionally leans too heavily on mythopoeticism. But just as often his writing is wonderfully perceptive.
If ever a novel conjured a sound and dance track, it is “Swing Time,” a multilayered tour-de-force from Zadie Smith.
Even though Scrappy Little Nobody doesn’t offer as much substance as it could, it’s as sweet and easy a read as a Kendrick film, particularly if you’re a fan.
There’s not much what-if here and certainly no indecision. Instead, as if rallying the troops, Sanders writes confidently of a program that’s sure to be revisited in 2020.
All of her series characters make appearances here, and those familiar with her work will feel that they are among the team. Readers new to Cornwell will find themselves involved from the very first page, as will the veterans. CHAOS is one book you should not miss.
Among its components are bonds and land, of course, but also, not surprisingly, “physical gold and silver…(coins and bars, no numismatics)” and, more surprisingly, museum-quality fine art. There’s much for the alarmist here but food for thought for the calm investor, too.
Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke complement one another very well. Clark is the bestselling author of 35 suspense novels and numerous other books. Burke, a former prosecutor, has written 11 novels and currently teaches criminal law. Together they weave a gripping tale that displays the unique skills of each.
"Catalyst" proves to be a superb prequel for "Rogue One," creating momentum for that movie while telling a great tale of its own.
THE MISTLETOE SECRET has some quirky twists and turns. It reads easily, quickly, and is a pleasant, if implausible, love story.