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.
Colm Tóibín's mothers don't always behave as they should; they are often unpredictable, occasionally downright troublesome, prone to gusts of passion or rage or – worse – unnatural indifference.
Caltech physicist Sean Carroll makes the search for the Higgs boson a scientific detective story.
Rowling clearly knows how to create a universe that's compelling, consuming even, but Pagford is no such place.
Stross peppers the book with his [Graham's] mottos: “Make something people want”, “Launch fast.” “Write code and talk to customers.” If not the definitive history of this explosion in technology start-ups, Stross at least provides lively source material.
Decisively back in the form that permanently etched his name onto a list of unforgettable writers, Díaz . . . brings life to the short story with a voice that demands attention . . . these stories pulsate with raspy ghetto hip-hop and the subtler yet more vital echo of the human heart.
...he has found a rewarding balance of far-seeing maturity and a wonderfully entertaining spirit of play.
Albom deftly juggles multiple narratives to craft an inspiring tale that will please his fans and newcomers alike.
...Smith, who has built a solid reputation as a critic, wins points for tackling the big topics...in finely honed scenes that feel honest and human, even when humanity seems in short supply.
Gerritsen pulls things together nicely by the end as she crafts several sequences that will leave readers anxious about the outcome.
...the nuances of mundane interactions are brilliantly captured, and the overarching mystery deepens with each page, until the thoroughly satisfying dénouement.
The Dog Stars is...the story of Hig’s quixotic journey, and it is a story that has resonated deeply with readers around the world.
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's enthralling book about their deceits... follows five maverick spies with huge skill and panache.
...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’s storytelling makes this a beautiful, frightening, and unforgettable read.
Though his subject is a serious one, Mr. Kean enlivens his narrative with an appealing sense of humor.
Readers are likely to get a kick out of this improbable, oddly entertaining allegory.
Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.