...it’s a major step up from his previous book, Doctor Sleep, and it’s unusual in its dedication to surprising readers who by this time may think they know King like the back of their hands.
In its blunt method and clumsy misdirection, “The Confabulist” fails to nurture this interaction of minds — the only real magic there is.
There’s a general sensation of closure and imminent climax as Harrison maneuvers toward the end, and patient readers are promised a substantial payoff.
...any reader expecting to have the hell scared out of him is asking a lot of The Troop. Page after page of rambling backstory does nothing to advance the plot, and the characters are so paper thin that reaching the end of the book without remembering their names, or who did what to whom, is rather easier than wading through the 368 pages.
Ione deftly moves through the complicated, imaginative plot with clarity and flair. Sexy, creative, darkly fanciful and chock full of action, devilry and intense emotion.
The sometimes lyrical writing and the fast pacing are a surprising but welcome combination. Koontz's chapters skip from Addison's point of view to Gwyneth's, adding backstory along the way.
The dialogue in this book becomes a little stilted now and then, but it's also quite clear overall that since she's put her Jesus novels behind her and taken up this new pagan series, Anne Rice herself seems to have undergone quite a transformation.
Readers will root for this Bond, of course. Not because he’s James Bond or a close facsimile thereof, but because he’s this thriller’s designated hero.
...we have the author ousting one more demon, bringing it screaming into the daylight to burn to ashes. It’s a gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfelt.
...too many subplots and characters, not to mention the increasingly impenetrable Norse arcana, draw focus away from the more coherent and compelling Salem plotline. Some readers may struggle to pay attention.
Reading this made me want to go back and reread the previous books because there were certain things that I had just forgotten. I think there’s enough here for the first time reader to get into the world, but this is definitely a must for Kate Daniels fans.
All in all, I would have liked this book to be about Anna and Jack. Instead I got a road novel about Myron and Carl and their various unpleasant habits...I strongly recommend that you spend your money on something else.
Beukes has done tremendous research about the long span of Chicago time in which her story occurs, and carefully constructed the eccentric and brilliant plot.
Everything works—the horrifying depiction of the murders, the asides explaining the impact of train travel on English society, nail-biting action sequences—making this book an epitome of the intelligent page-turner.
...the world’s first 9/11 werewolf book...Has enough time passed that the horrors of that day can become the stuff of, well, a horror novel?
“NOS4A2” is full of chills and cliffhangers, but it never turns needlessly grotesque.
In addition, we find the wistful, nostalgic tone—a Bradbury trademark—and his preoccupation with children and the most child-like of technologies: namely spaceships, human-like robots...
This well-known story marks the beginning of perhaps the greatest, possibly most influential, and certainly the most world-famous Victorian English fiction, a book that hovers between a nonsense tale and an elaborate in-joke.
Frost Burned is another excellent addition to the Mercy Thompson series. Engrossing, entertaining and exciting – this book is highly recommended for urban fantasy fans.
Third in Brett’s once-projected five-installment—now swelled to six—Demon Cycle...Obvious ancestry aside, and though the book is dense and a touch too busy, it’s capable fantasy.