Alice Munro creates tales that have the scope and amplitude of novels.
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.
A fascinating chronicle of an important chapter in fundamental science.
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.
Indeed, you could read Díaz . . . and enjoy to your prurient fill his gutter-smacking genius for conjuring up sex and assorted female body parts . . . in colourful, zestfully profane terms. But you could also read him — to equally strong effect — as a thoughtful, incisive chronicler of contemporary First World immigrant experiences and family life.
Chabon’s employment of potboiler techniques keeps the book breathlessly readable, as his best work always is.
Albom deftly juggles multiple narratives to craft an inspiring tale that will please his fans and newcomers alike.
Smith's masterful ability to suspend all these bits and parts in the amber which is London refracts light, history, and the humane beauty of seeing everything at once.
Purplish prose and a wildly baroque ending won’t deter a devoted fan base.
...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.
Ms. Stedman builds a solid case for all sides — or, at least, makes everyone’s motives understandable.
Macintyre's enthralling book about their deceits... follows five maverick spies with huge skill and panache.
...veteran investigative reporters Barlett and Steele point out that they delivered identical warnings in America: What Went Wrong (1992)—all of which came true.
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.
In an impressive narrative, the author renders esoteric DNA concepts accessible to lay readers.
Zafón’s voice is still extremely likeable, and he gets off his share of snappy lines; every character actor in Hollywood would probably seize on at least one of these characters as written with him in mind.
Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.