My trouble with this book was not its failure to live up to genre conventions — any good story can get away with breaking the rules. But I was disappointed that the characters remained thin, even through plot twists and revelations that should have granted them life beyond the page.
The book’s energy, its wide reach and rich detail make it a confident example of the “unputdownable” novel.
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 unreservedly loved The King, but I wish we could have been given a longer book to accommodate more of the characters and the interactions...It feels like a character-driven story is being forced into a plot-driven approach at the expense of elements that made the earlier books such great reads.
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.
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.
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.
This is not the best in the Argeneau Series. I could not get into the hero and heroine. Throughout the book I kept thinking that caring about them or the plot was going to happen at any moment and it just didn’t occur.
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.
The overall concept was intriguing and the characters were amazing. Lora Leigh will clearly become a favorite of mine. Read this book... it's that good!
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.