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This was a riveting story of triumph over seemingly impossible circumstances. The Salisburies tell a great story. I read this because Elaine Salisbury's "Provenance" was such a compelling, well-written, true-life tale that read like a thriller. I will never look at art the same way again. I highly recommend both books.
I felt completely engulfed by the rich telling of this story. There is a satisfying wholeness to the narrative. The characters are alive and the emotion feels real. I'm sure this author will deservedly top the list for a long list of prestigious awards for this book.
Perhaps the 30ish heroine could not come off like a 15 year-old groomed on young miss fashion magazines. Perhaps the hero could have a few flaws to be a little more believable. Perhaps the geniuses could not come off as automatons. The action and inventions are pretty intriguing and innovative and the story has some great twists until the shooting begins.
The initial rescue efforts and action is well formed and described
Easily staring Scarlet Johansson and Jeremy Renner.
When not interrupted by its flaws, Departure had some compelling ideas and actions.
Kreider is a cross between Augustin Burroughs and David Sedaris in his autobiographical essays. At Turns hilarious, sad and insightful. More hilarious than sad. A good read.
Compares with Colson Whitehead's Zone One. Smart. Compelling. Has several disparate and well-developed characters. ...Is not too heavy handed in its end of the world blood and guts. ...An excellent read. I look forward to reading more by from this author.
Yes. It is funny in a smart, dark, introspective way.
Cambell Scott's narration and the clever manner of dialogue and the main character's keen awareness of his obsessive nature and the dark introspection.
The dentist. His older assistant.
Reminds me of Fight Club.
Haven't we all fantasized about going back in time and stopping the seaming domino-effect of the shot heard round the world. What if... Ben Elton (who, astonishingly is the same Ben Elton who co-wrote Black Adder(s) amongst other great, comical TV) creates a seemingly plausible time travel drama to end the War to End All Wars and setting up cause and effect that has you leaning in to see what will happen next. Clever, sad, occasionally harrowing, but excellent. This has started me on a time travel book bender. I hope I can find as good. Now to check out other Elton books...
This is one of the dullest memoirs I have ever read (I've read hundreds). The narrator is very self-conscious and doesn't help the tedious content and monotony of the text. I love Nabokov and was surprised he was so bad at his own story.
This was very Christain/Catholic oriented. Not so much about writing as about belief in God. I could not get beyond an hour of it. Not a book about writing as far as I could tell.
This novel is a departure from Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake" series. It's set in Canada in the nineteen-teens through the depression and again later in the 1980's. The rise and fall of a Canadian merchant family and their tragedies and triumphs flow beautifully through the seemingly powerless narrator. Atwood manages to get a beautiful and dark sci-fi story in as told between two lovers meeting. Both stories are compelling and heartbreaking. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read.
I know this will sound hyperbolic. I am having a hard time bridling my enthusiasm for this book. Hilary Mantel writes so eloquently and with such remarkable description and compelling style, I felt like I was trailing Thomas Cromwell from room to room in a very exciting unfolding of the events of 1520-33 surrounding Henry VIII. I don't particularly like historical re-tellings, but this one reads like an adventure. Her language is rich and the story filled with nuance and allegory. I highly recommend it. Highly. (I listened to "Bring Up the Bodies", the sequel to "Wolf Hall", immediately after. Also a remarkably good book). She won the Man Booker Prize for both. Deservedly.
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