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...
Overall, it was a typical Ward book. I really didn’t like parts of it but the page time for Wrath and Beth made up for it. I am not sure where I stand with the series though.
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.
Still, the greatest joy of reading Oyeyemi will always be style: jagged and capricious at moments, lush and rippled at others, always singular, like the voice-over of a fever dream.
No matter, though, because when it’s working—as it is for most of its 394 pages—Half Bad is both gripping and surprisingly sophisticated in its consideration of how easy it is to turn any group into an all-purpose enemy that stands in for all the evils of the world.
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.
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.
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.
The apparent tragedy and freakish ecology of Area X's blight are quite fascinating, and the solitary voice of its post-humanist narrator is both deeply flawed and deeply trustworthy — a difficult and excellent balance...
Mr. Theroux’s novel is a techno-thriller with echoes of both “Frankenstein” and a Sherlock Holmes whodunit. It’s the kind of book in which people fall and bonk their heads on doorknobs at inopportune moments.
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.
The importance of the extra two seconds is carefully withheld until the novel’s end so that “Perfect” can consider what role the power of destiny has played in this story. Of all the secrets that emerge late in this touching, eccentric book, that is the most confounding one of all.