As Jeremiah Pearl says: “A man comes to your house to give you something — a service, a good, a belief — you best set him back on his way.” If that man comes offering this trenchant and vigorously empathetic novel, however — best thank him.
..the effect is undercut by the fact that so many of them end with the decidedly unportentous cliché of someone abruptly turning his back and walking (or riding) away. A temptation, alas, for many readers as well.
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.
Both Ria and Landry need to resolve the way they feel about their families, before they can be ready for each other. And once they’re ready, wow!
Unlike Walt’s usual adventures...this novella shuns mystery for a wild and dangerous adventure that will leave you both touched and breathless.
The greatest things about “The Son” are its scope and ambition, not its strictly literary mettle. It’s an enveloping, extremely well-wrought, popular novel with passionate convictions about the people, places and battles...
An entertainment—and an achievement even more than a curiosity, yet another facet of Guthrie’s multiplex talents.
The Orchardist is a beautifully written and haunting novel, a mood not usually captured by first time authors.
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.
There is a sure-footed, plain-spoken quality to Ford’s language that is pitch perfect for the tale being told, as well as for creating the atmosphere of the landscape, both physical and emotional, with which Dell must come to terms.
Something of an odd couple at the outset, Long and Longmire pull together as the complex investigation deepens. Tough, resourceful and quietly funny, as always.
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.
"Boleto" doesn't take many chances, but this final discovery is surprisingly touching and bittersweet.
But the last 150 pages ultimately let the book down.
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.