Henderson, a native Montanan, finds ample room for deep-turning plot twists in the superficially simple matter of a man looking for meaning in his own life while trying to help others too proud and mistrustful to receive that assistance...It’s expertly written and without a false note, if often quite bleak.
This revisionist western plays loose with historical facts, and is a disappointing effort from a Pulitzer Prize–winning author.
Unlike your standard-issue action hero, the canny Joe uses his wits, taking time to assess the literal and figurative lay of the land. Box does a good job of working in the backstories of characters and situations, so even new readers should have no problem following along.
Author Scott wastes no time beginning the story, and never lets up until the climactic scene, in prose that’s brooding and intense right up until the final paragraph.
Overall, I was extremely impressed by the storytelling and loved each and every page. Ms. Miller has made a convert out of me and I predict more books with her name on the cover will be gracing my book shelves very soon.
Unlike Walt’s usual adventures...this novella shuns mystery for a wild and dangerous adventure that will leave you both touched and breathless.
...the power of this remarkable and beautifully wrought novel is that we remember, in its careful dissection of imperial power, our innate potential for moral courage and companionship.
His heritage as folksinger, artist, and observer of West Texas strife lives on through these distinct pages infused with the author’s wit, personality, and dedication to Americana.
... immensely affecting first novel.
Really glaring are the absence of reasons why Joslyn loves Slade and why he loves her. Heated love scenes have never been Miller’s forte, but this book flattens them to cyphers.
Ford writes the kind of marooned-on-a-desert-island books that force you to question why you need to read anyone else (answer: Alice Munro). Again and again, his characters ask us to regard contradictions as plain common sense.
Johnson expertly highlights his conflicted hero’s dual role as father and sheriff in this deeply satisfying installment.
A well-rendered neoclassic tale of the Old West, worthy of a place alongside Lonesome Dove and Sea of Grass
While the worldbuilding is thin and frequently nonsensical, this grotesque and bloody construction of a vampire world will appeal to readers who've been craving gore over romance with their vampires.
Plot lags behind character, but Hagy reads horses and people so well you won’t mind…so much.
A master’s valedictory canter around a familiar track—an unimpressive job of carpentry that’s still treasurable for Leonard’s patented dialogue and some truly loopy situations handled with deadpan brio.
Maupin's alternately playful and sentimental tales depict an all-too-easily satirized population of transients and toffs living in and around San Francisco.
The Terror Of Living describes how the misery heaps onto the players fighting over a sharply decreasing share of profit, without dehumanizing their thoughts in order to favor those who are chasing them.
This book is brilliantly written. It touches your heart as the story comes to an end.
Lily’s relationship with her equally headstrong but less practical daughter Rosemary...becomes increasingly prickly. To the end Lily is one tough bird. Like her grandmother, Walls knows how to tell a story with love and grit.