Alena Graedon’s debut novel, The Word Exchange, is a very nervous book set in the near future, and addresses a concern shared by many over the impact of the digital revolution...Readers will recognize just from this outline traces of many other books, from Emberton to Stephen King’s Cell...
...I just can’t get enough of this series. I love the characters still after all these books and I’ll stick with them until the very end. I loved revisiting Beth and Wrath, seeing how their relationship has changed...
Despite the many characters and subplots, this is easily read as a standalone, though taking in the entire series will only add to the pleasure.
While chaotic at times, this delightfully zany novel is anything but disappointing, and Laurenston’s fans will gobble it up like Livy with a jar of cinnamon honey.
As always, Pratchett's unforgettable characters and lively story mirror the best, the worst, and the oddest bits of our own world, entertaining readers while skewering social and political foibles in a melting pot of humanity, dwarfs, trolls, goblins, vampires, and a werewolf or two.
I love the romance between Mercy and Adam and I think there is a lot of it for romance readers in Night Broken.
The risks that Helen Oyeyemi takes in her fifth novel, "Boy, Snow, Bird," are astonishing in their boldness...This is Oyeyemi's keenest and most moving transformation of a fairy tale we all know: the villain in her "Snow White" is the magic mirror, not the stepmother.
Nathan's grit and his longing are what sustains the book..."Half Bad" is strongest when at its least fantastic, yet it still scores plenty of genre points, incorporating potions and portals and a rite of passage called the Giving, which also neatly serves as a ticking clock.
Those elements aside, the novel is weighty without being ponderous, and delivers a satisfactory story despite being part of an episodic secondary world fantasy series.
Writing about sleeplessness and dreams is ambitious. Cramming so many viewpoint characters into a relatively short novel is also ambitious..."Black Moon" doesn't quite cohere, but there is promise in some of the prose and promise in the novel's off-kilter frenetic energy.
In this latest crisis, waves of wild magic are flowing from Rachel’s ley-line, causing charms to misfire, often with devastating results...A great ride in and of itself, rather than simply a buildup to the finale, which is sure to be whiz-bang.
Fans know the formula: plenty of rousing battle scenes—Weber’s specialty—and characters that gradually, over many pages, come into focus...If you’re not already addicted to this series, don’t start here.
...the romance was really disappointing and quite weak in comparison to what I’ve come to expect from this author...and while it becomes clear who the bad guys are, this issue is left open which was also disappointing.
The Martian is true in that sense to the genre, in its manufacture and resolution of suspense carried on to the final pages.
No one spins a story quite like Lora Leigh. She did a stellar job on this book. It is one of my favorites in the series, second only to Lion's Heat. I'd call it a must read book for fans of the series. And I am recommending it to everyone as a fantastic read.
Annihilation is a book meant for gulping — for going in head-first and not coming up for air until you hit the back cover.
Metaphysical musings, shared consciousness, mad chases around London and a disturbing procedure in a remote Kazakh laboratory all figure in the ensuing plot-thickening. Endlessly gripping and fiercely intelligent, Strange Bodies posits...that an individual’s word output could function as a kind of reproducible DNA.
Leavened with strong emotion and dark humor, and featuring superior writing as well as a thoughtfully structured plot, Cat and Bones's final adventure is appropriately splendid and satisfying.
A postmodern view of a dystopian, bombed-out New York City...Telegraphic in style, this book is tough, sordid and definitely not for every taste.
Diana’s descent into terror is provocative enough to carry this story, but Joyce complements it with a contemporary one about an equally fragile man named Jim...His connection to Diana will surprise many readers as Joyce spins this equally compelling subplot toward its shocking revelations and conclusion.