The chapters alternate between Cal’s point of view and Frida’s and are heavy on flashbacks that bog down an otherwise tense narrative of survival. This has the bones of an excellent book, but, sadly, an untenable amount of flab is covering them.
Owen’s sentence-by-sentence prose is extraordinarily polished—a noteworthy feat for a 500-page debut—and she packs many surprises into her tale, making it a book for readers to lose themselves in.
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...
All and all, I think The King is an excellent addition to the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. I was pulled into the story immediately and I was never bored, nor did I skim.
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.
But actually, the execution is so stunning, it doesn’t really matter if a reader knows exactly where this tale is headed. This is the fifth novel from 29-year-old Oyeyemi, and while those previous works certainly had their lovely moments, it appears she’s finally gotten her recipe just right.
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.
The characters and their intersecting narratives are largely a showcase for the author’s almost unspeakably dark vision of a restless world. Calhoun’s depiction of the collapse of language, reason, and love in a world without sleep is unflinching, and—scariest of all—it feels brilliantly contemporary.
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 novel itself was written at such a slow pace that I ended up becoming lost within the depths as I read it. I was horribly disappointed with the entire context of the novel...The chemistry between the hero and the heroine was lacking so strongly that there was absolutely no room whatsoever for romance.
...Weir uses Watney’s proactive nature and determination to survive to keep the story escalating to a riveting conclusion.
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.
Annihilation is a riddle, a skewed and misleading one...VanderMeer’s story is thrilling, confusing, disturbing. But its deepest terror lies in its exploration of the vacancies of the human heart, and the terror that can grow from the ways in which we are untrue to each other, and to ourselves.
As one of the more literary-minded of science-fiction novelists (or vice versa), Theroux (Far North, 2009, etc.) challenges summary in a novel that encompasses literary criticism...Often enthralling and occasionally maddening, the novel expands the reader’s sense of possibility even as it strains credulity.
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.