So cross a great geek hero + an impulsive redheaded heroine in what starts out looking like it could be a rom-com movie then add some cool sci-fi and paranormal that’s explained just enough to sell it and I’m pretty happy I can finally say I’ve read one of your books. It won’t be the last.
...the novel endures because of its fundamental optimism and good cheer. As Mr. Micawber says, even from the depths of despair, “Something will turn up.” It always, always does.
The stage play is more than five hours long. The script takes less time to read. "Cursed Child" is a most satisfying and well-done follow-up to "Deathly Hallows."
The text is painfully wooden...Brannon’s digital artwork has a wobbly, mouse-drawn look, giving the characters a sickly look. To add insult to injury, the text doesn’t always match the illustrations...Good grief!
Conan Doyle, though, brings his own particular style to the storyline, making for a fascinating adventure where the readers is absorbed into the expedition itself, and face the dangers at the same time as the expedition members.
Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg is an extraordinary story of one teen’s courage and determination as a bloody battle rages all around her.
Davis’ fourth case for her heroine (Deadly Election, 2015, etc.) is long on drollery, unpacking its tricky murder puzzle piecemeal.
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.
...but what this book reveals is the underlying fuel that propelled this man. It's his beliefs and perspective towards the German nation that made him choose the specific political path.
This was yet another book I just couldn't get into. It was a constant struggle to get through the book. I didn't enjoy the writing style...I didn't like the ending at all. I failed to see what brought the main character to this, he lacked in development throughout the book, so to see this change at the end of the book didn't really add up.
Bram Stoker's Dracula...appears in an abridged edition with haunting pencil illustrations in gray and red that seem to mysteriously dissolve into the darkness. Glossy pages bordered in red, make the book look as if it has been dipped in blood, offering delectably spinetingling trappings to the classic tale.
I found it interesting how Antonia had such a close relationship with her father, as my Grandma's father/daughter relationship was similar. My Grandma will still tell you to this day about the hollyhocks that she grew by her house in the summer. This was a beautiful story and it also created a great book club discussion for my group.
A totally satisfying third round of bonding à la Knightley (you know, with kidnapping, sleuthing, disguises, and murder).
The byplay between Parker and her friends is believable, and in creating a heroine whose drive for independence brings both risks and rewards, Lindstrom adds a note of complexity to his gripping depiction of how Parker learns to trust and forgive.
The many twists, though, do also make the book is a bit longer than the story demands. Overwritten and over-explained in places, it takes a while to get going, and there is a lot of complication required to resolve all the loose ends.
Fang is an emotional story but with the point of view of a wolf. This book shows you how life in the wild is and how White Fang survived it...If you like emotional books you will really like White Fang because it is a very emotional, shows the importance of second chances, and love.
So when I am asked about Deathly Hallows, what do I say? What stays with me? Is it the adverbs and the cloying epilogue? Or is it the way Harry grew up, the way Rowling made me cry, the answers that were there all along in a careful reading? The books could never have ended any other way.
In dramatizing the angst that Harry experiences, Rowling does her usual page-turningly good job. Although this is a complex novel, the high energy level almost never flags, thanks in part to the author's ability to create vivid scenes and set pieces.
In the second of the series, strange things are happening at Hogwarts. Lots of people are getting petrified by a weird creature travelling through the pipes...This was another great novel, definitely more spooky than the last. Spooky and adventurous.
...Rowling has succeeded in delivering another spellbinding fantasy set in her consummately well-imagined alternate reality.