As oddly satisfying as Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is, though, it is perhaps time that Murakami shifted gear and brought his vast and adoring global readership somewhere else entirely...
A hoot and a half, and then some: hands down, the best island farce since Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle half a century ago.
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.
...it’s baggy and loose, at times too much, at times not enough, but driven by sharp storytelling, thought-provoking ideas, and strong characters. It might take a bit for a contemporary reader, used to the comparatively sleek design of most modern fiction, to adjust, but the effort is amply repaid.
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.
A wildly ambitious, darkly intellectual and inventive thriller about the intersection of language, technology and meaning.
The King was jam packed with passion and moments that were in my opinion classic BDB. Whilst reading I felt like we’d returned to what makes BDB so fan-bloody-tastic and why I love J.R Ward so much...
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.
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.
Calhoun's biggest ideas, though, concern perception. His prose-rich passages of hallucinogenic abandon aren't psychedelic — they're razor-sharp.
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.
While the ending is somewhat happy, don’t expect to be satisfied. The story just kind of dropped off, without any real conclusion. Although Sands’ new book managed to keep me entertained, some of the dialogue comes off as awkward and unnatural.
...it’s hard not to be swept up in his vision and root for everyone one of these characters to survive the hardships Weir puts them through.
An invigorating tale of deep emotion, strong characters, steady plot, and a story to sweep you away into a world of adventure and sensuality!! UNFORGETTABLE!!