The reader will enjoy watching Murakami play with color symbolism down to the very last line of the story, even as Tsukuru sinks deeper into a dangerous enigma. Another tour de force from Japan’s greatest living novelist.
A hoot and a half, and then some: hands down, the best island farce since Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle half a century ago.
Lepucki's cautious dystopia never quite asks the right questions of us, ultimately to the detriment of the novel.
A book that seems to begin as a children’s story ends in blood-soaked mayhem; the journey from one genre to another is satisfying and surprisingly fresh considering that it's set in a familiar version of gothic London among equally familiar monsters.
If the book has any drawback it is that it must end. All good stories end leaving us wanting more—and the The Bees ends all too soon.
Clever, breathless and sportively Hegelian in theme (the book...combines the jaunty energy of youngish adult fiction (boyfriend trouble, parent conflicts, peer pressure and post-collegiate jitters) with the spine-tingling chill of the science-fiction conspiracy genre.
Overall, I thoroughly relished in The King and all of its offerings. Even though it is definitely Wrath and Beth’s story, I enjoyed the other three subplots, each to varying degrees. Although a lot occurs, it is not so much that I felt the book was overreaching.
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.
Briggs continues to surprise and intrigue readers with Mercy’s inventiveness and intuition under duress.
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.
Calhoun's biggest ideas, though, concern perception. His prose-rich passages of hallucinogenic abandon aren't psychedelic — they're razor-sharp.
There’s a general sensation of closure and imminent climax as Harrison maneuvers toward the end, and patient readers are promised a substantial payoff.
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 big draw with Vampire Most Wanted, and the thing that keeps me coming back for more of Sands’ Argeneau series, is her writing. The humor and snark are fantastic. She has the ability to give you a set of characters that you fall in love with.
Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling.
I loved the book, with just a couple of issues, but I wouldn't say that it stopped me from giving it a great rating. If I have a complaint with telling Rule's story I would say that I'd hoped he would be a little more on the humorous side.