"(del Castillo's) cohesive, intelligent writing style effortlessly weaves personal anecdotes with exhaustively sourced academic conclusions, making this essential reading for anyone who desires a comprehensive backdrop to modern Afghanistan."
I was especially intrigued by the juxtaposition of the disintegrating human society that Danny and Wendy come from and the ghost of the ancient aliens that the book’s characters uncover
“In this dark, sometimes raw novel set in Laramie, Wyoming, a young woman physically and sexually abused by her husband is being held captive by him in their home…This is not a book for the faint of heart, but it carries a powerful message for those interested in the roots and tragedy of victimization.”
"Intimate knowledge of Prader-Willi Syndrome bizarre and baffling landscape permeates every page, Alternately written from the perspectives of the afflicted and those struggling to save them, the result is a seamless blend of case history, detective story, and medical mystery, often heartbreaking, occasionally hopeful, always full of heart."
“(This) is an accomplished Dickensian morality tale for young adults, set in London in 1834…Dark Against the Sky is an authentic, evocative, and classic portrayal of the human capacity to endure.”
"The author has created an entire world of faeries that should delight young adult readers intrigued by the possibility of magical creatures living among us. The world is richly imagined, including a thorough depiction of rules, customs, and mythology. Although occasional awkward sentence structure and copyediting problems interrupt the flow."
"The appeal of the novel is that many of the characters are not who they appear to be. The book is peopled by informants, crooked cops and undercover cops, and by the end, part of the thrill is parsing out who is who. In clipped, noir-ish prose, Rill adds unexpected twists that deliver beyond the familiar cops-and-crooks scenario."
"Salt Lake City author Jeri Parker knows well the vast beauty of the American West, not least the North Fork of the Snake River. Her description of the ruinous Teton Dam Flood of 1976 is spare and harrowing, and she perfectly captures the morning-after shock of the fatal fire."
Ex- Rich Girl Tells is the difficult story of a real person who desperately wants to find her place in the world but doesn’t have any of the tools to get there. Thankfully Kami takes life in stride and was brave enough to share her journey with us. There are plenty of opportunities to see yourself in Kami and to learn from her mistakes.
"Presented in Q&A format, the book asks questions: Where is God? What is the Soul? Through a relatively light use of math, the author’s brief, philosophical answers draw from the wells of cosmology, physics, quantum mechanics and more. He tackles big topics in 33 pages, and explanations only scratch the surface of his subjects’ complexity."
"This winning science fiction romance revolves around a seafaring civilization with three women for every man. The story is powered by vivid and visionary world building. The erotic scenes fall well short; they’re rushed and lack real passion. Readers will find a satisfying story that is both entertaining and thought-provoking."
"The plot is also disappointingly uneven; Jack's frequent war flashbacks aren’t very illuminating, while Diana's numerous internal monologues rarely advance the story. All these flaws threaten to derail Jack's arc of redemption, but like British heroes do, he manages to finish the book with a stiff upper lip."
"Although it’s clear that the story is a work of fantasy, the book is steeped in the ancient myths, folklore and energy of that country. The length and density of the spiritual message may put off casual readers. This impressive debut is more appropriate for those with an interest in Eastern philosophies."
"Harnisch often writes about alter egos who live with the same mental disorders that he does, including schizophrenia and Tourette’s syndrome. The author’s authenticity no doubt comes at great personal cost, but his writing is elevated by his personal experience. This story deserves an admiring audience."
"With 45 years of experience in the auto repair, body, customizing and restoration businesses, Bob Bacon may not know it all, but he comes close...At 65 pages, the book seems a tad thin. With all his experience, Bacon probably could have filled twice as many pages with interesting stories and good advice."
"The story is escapism in its purest form: The tale kicks off with a protagonist entrenched in modern technology and veers into a fantasy world where medieval rules apply. The plot is simplistic, and the ending far from surprising, but the author manages to embed some genuinely valuable life lessons in the short tale."
"A fast-paced WWII historical novel that dramatically illustrates how war can transform ordinary citizens into heroes and villains alike. Ultimately, the novel explores human endurance in wartime, and well-crafted descriptions
"Few music books capture the cultural and historical context along with the sound of the music itself as well as this book. Price’s encyclopedic scope will have you seeking out the music of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and other Bakersfield stars. Put them on while you enjoy the book, and you’ll be transported to a time of pure American music."
"The author invites readers to participate in thought experiments meant to provoke deep analysis of the human condition and the universe itself. The author’s style is idiosyncratic, and he has a tendency to ramble. Unfortunately, Mentis Ludos too often insults the intelligence of the very readers it might hope to attract."
"Komar uses workplace bullying as the catalyst for a fast-paced, surprising thriller. The choice to have head bully Arana Skudlarick narrate several chapters is one of the novel’s few missteps. Overall, Jobmobbers deftly combines a page-turning thriller with a provocative topic that should be discussed more openly."