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.
As a fan of his older works, I now realize why I stopped reading him. There isn’t much of a connection between his characters anymore. I still try his books every now and then to see if anything has changed, but I am sorry to say that his newer books seems to lack punch.
New conflicts and antagonists are introduced and dealt with in a late rush, and Reuben’s forays as Man Wolf are perfunctory, taking up fewer pages than the party planning. Still...Reuben and Felix are sympathetic protagonists, and the series mythology, suggesting that the fair folk may be evolved human ghosts, is fascinating.
...these are the only niggles I can find, in a long book – longer than any of Fleming's – and don't let anyone tell you Bond's been rendered "PC"; the quiet snobberies and sexism are there, just a little less obnoxiously so. Apart from anything else, it's simply a bloody good thriller. A triumph. Bond is back.
...dig down below the horror trappings, and “Doctor Sleep” is about families. The biological families of Dan and Abra, the “good” family of A.A., to which “Doctor Sleep” is a kind of love song, and the “bad” family of the True Knot.
Bursts of action are sometimes lost in a muddle of superfluous backstory, and between these two extremes, de la Cruz struggles to find her footing.
Vividly imagined fight scenes, clever use of obscure mythology...make this a rare treat, only hampered by the complexity of the pre-existing knowledge required to fully appreciate the developments and conflicts.
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.
A big asset to “The Shining Girls” is the emotional effect of the victims’ unusual virtue.
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.
...he has written an ambitious, epic novel that deserves to reach a larger readership beyond genre audiences.
This mean machine of a novel deserves to stand on its own tires—an instant classic.
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...
Frost Burned is another excellent addition to the Mercy Thompson series. Engrossing, entertaining and exciting – this book is highly recommended for urban fantasy fans.
...the book is dense and a touch too busy...
...Shepherd’s atmospheric interpretation ought to pull readers in, with unexpected twists and a cliffhanger ending that should leave them craving more.
...what makes King resonate for me is the detail work, the way he can get inside the most mundane situation and animate it, revealing in the process something of how we live.
...the Talmudic commentary will fascinate, even as clues are dropped early on that the resolution may be ambiguous. This is a must-read for literary puzzle fans, even for those unfamiliar with Abrams’s TV and film work.
...well-paced flurries of action and a deepened portrayal of the conventional emotions that too often become clichés.
For parents, there's plenty here to keep you up at night. Stine deftly makes one of his characters a child psychologist whose questions mirror our own...