There is a sweetness at the core of these stories; they offer us a sense of awakening and gentle adventure, and provide a more straightforward coming of age than we are usually offered in the real world.
The book finishes with a selection of erotic comics by guest artists. Like good sex, it’s goofy fun that might just make the reader’s life better.
I was extremely satisfied and happy by the conclusion of both the mystery and the romantic storyline. Well, actually, the mystery left me a little heartbroken too.
Mr. Lawrence, a professor of cultural studies at the University of East London, provides a lot to chew on, sometimes too much. Occasionally his paragraphs are weighted down with alphabetical lists of, say, every notable band that played at a particular club in a given year — like a garnish that overwhelms the dish.
...Wambach credits a well-publicized DUI arrest in Portland, Oregon, this past April as a turning point, and readers will be rooting for this complicated, forthright woman. A cut above the standard sports memoir.
Then the relationship gets a hefty dose of character growth and introspection that lifts it back up for me. So a good start, great Greek myth action and a late blooming romance that flowers in the end...
Girard forcefully conveys the fear Pen lives with, having experienced frequent mockery and bullying, and her courage in aspiring to a safe, loving community for herself and her friends.
...it's the same basic formula that writers have been substituting for actual plot since the beginning of time...Choppy dialogue, undeveloped characters, and cliches dressed up as plot make this novel kind of a snooze.
This inside-wrestling aspect may narrow the book’s readership. But Patterson is a very good storyteller...
Murphy can’t manage every plot thread with equal depth—Mateo’s parents are comparatively wan figures. But when Mateo’s at the center, as he often is, Murphy has a potent symbol of loss and redemption. A poignant, if carefully manicured, exploration of a health crisis that hasn’t yet ended.
...the novel’s real point is for Sjón to pay tribute to an uncle who died of AIDS in 1993, a fact that only appears in the novel’s very last line. A hazy portrait of a desperate historical moment.
People of color and people with mental illnesses are not often represented in mainstream romance. That both are active parts of this story is a reason to celebrate. A well-written novel, both sexy and romantic, with broad and inclusive representation.
I cannot critique the writing much but overall I just found it uninspired, I wanted more depth in characterization and world building too. The world building was quite vague.
Solid romantic suspense by a writer talented enough at weaving a yarn to get her readers ensnared in it.
For now, let me repeat the suggestion I made in my review of the first book – do not go in expecting a mystery, expect a solid magical adventure/romance instead, and you should be good.
This is a good reason, if not to break up, then at least to reevaluate the relationship, right? I, however, was scratching my head and wondering what exactly Joe fixed for her besides the plumbing during their first meeting. It just felt contrived to me.
He said he wrote the fictive account for the benefit of his own children and his medical students and for its intent to enlighten this generation who might not otherwise know the events and the people lost to this disease. Without doubt, Dr. Jacobson is dispensing good medicine to his readers.
Loving parents will frequently be protective to the point of being overprotective of their kids against the world even if they do not need much protection. I am deliberately speaking in generalities because I do not want to spoil the book for you. I really enjoyed the book and have already reread it twice, which to me signifies a memorable read.
A beautifully written, at times lyrical, study of a disintegrating community. Roy, author of the Edgar Award-winning mystery Bent Road (2011), tackles similar themes here with equally successful results.
Dickens never wrote another full-fledged comedy again, which is an excellent reason to enjoy the one he did. It’s a joyous, jolly book, bursting with vitality.