There’s a general sensation of closure and imminent climax as Harrison maneuvers toward the end, and patient readers are promised a substantial payoff.
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.
"Solo" feels a bit diluted relative to the character's enduring mystique, yet that may be exactly what Boyd is after: given both man and Superman, he's chosen to focus his attentions on the former, a welcome change from Fleming's approach.
King excels at the psychological realism of his characters, and Dan’s psychic wounds, shame, and self-hatred make him the man that allows this second, newer story to happen.
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.
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 is particularly good at garnering sympathy for Harper’s female victims, creating deep characterizations in only a few pages, so that they come across as more than just fodder for a psychopath’s mission.
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 novel doesn’t rush to its final gory confrontation; instead, with a poetic intimacy in his metaphors and detailed back stories for his key characters, Percy’s narrative shifts to a cabin...and there they face monsters on all sides — and so do we.
With this novel, riveting from beginning to end, Joe Hill has become a master of his craft.
Here is an open circuit on ideas, which range from religion, to racial questions, to the atom bomb, rocket travel (of course), literature, escape to the past, dreams...
I had a great time reading Frost Burned. Briggs has fantastic talent with dialog that resonates perfectly with my warped sense of humor.
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.
...Shepherd’s atmospheric interpretation ought to pull readers in, with unexpected twists and a cliffhanger ending that should leave them craving more.
Joyland is a small marvel of a book, a novel of loss and heartbreak, of growth and discovery, a book that combines a coming-of-age story with a mystery, supernatural elements with keen human intimacy...
...for anyone who grew up in a library, among those stacks and shelves full of undiscovered countries, S. is a timely reminder of the romance of the book.
...well-paced flurries of action and a deepened portrayal of the conventional emotions that too often become clichés.