The ride, the jump, the surmise, it's that feeling of holding on for dear life and then letting go that these sometimes oddly constructed but always powerful stories reward us with.
Lovely, understated and powerfully sad, The Testament of Mary finally gives the mother of Jesus a chance to speak.
Caltech physicist Sean Carroll makes the search for the Higgs boson a scientific detective story.
...a mishmash of cardboard characters, a convoluted yet preposterous plot, cartoonish marital discord, paralyzing generational divides, transparent conspiracies, an epidemic of personality disorders, and stereotypical conflicts...
...Mr. Stross offers sufficient portraiture to give us a sense of the young entrepreneurs.
Not as ambitious as Díaz’s Pulitzer Prize winner, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), but sharply observed and morally challenging.
When it comes to creating vivid, memorable and “real” characters of any and all sexes, ages and races, no American novelist writing today can touch Michael Chabon.
Albom deftly juggles multiple narratives to craft an inspiring tale that will please his fans and newcomers alike.
Smith provokes rigour in her readers; we’re waiting, wanting and we have expectations of her. I won’t forgive her things I might a lesser writer.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a tautly written thriller.
There's a lot to like in Semple's charming novel, including the vivacious humor and the lesson that when creative forces like Bernadette stop creating, they become "a menace to society."
...is a heavenly book, a stellar achievement by a debut novelist that manages to combine sparkling prose with truly memorable, shining, characters. It contains constellations of grand images and ideas, gleams with vitality, and sparkles with wit.
Stedman grounds what could be a far-fetched premise, setting the stage beautifully to allow for a heart-wrenching moral dilemma to play out
Macintyre effortlessly weaves the agents’ deliciously eccentric personalities with larger wartime events to shape a tale that reads like a top-notch spy thriller.
...for folks bowled over by the recent financial meltdown, Barlett and Steele's book will resonate.
Where We Belong is a moving book, and one that sucked me in deep.
Bohjalian is a literary novelist... his books are also filled with artfully drawn characters and great, passionate storytelling. "The Sandcastle Girls" is all that, but different, more powerful.
Though his subject is a serious one, Mr. Kean enlivens his narrative with an appealing sense of humor.
Like his countryman Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Zafón combines sincere engagement with genre tradition, with clever touches of the literary postmodern.
Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.