This is a charming look at America through the eyes of a self-proclaimed nerd and history buff who enjoys reading travel guides. She loves America for all the right reasons; she IS a patriot, although a flawed one. Her flaw lies in her self-imposed liberal guilt. Fortunately, her love for America and its ideals overcome her flaw and makes her praise of America even more poignant.
I just read her two post-Harry Potter novels.
I read the latest one first: _The Cuckoo's Calling_ by Robert Galbraith (pen name).
It was a very good murder mystery.
Rowling is still masterful, building an interesting mystery with good and interesting characters. This is a pleasure to read largely because of her skilled imagery and amazing ability to use simile and metaphor. I hope she brings the main characters back in subsequent mysteries.
Her first post-HP novel, published under her own name, is called _The Casual Vacancy._ I read it after having read _The Cuckoos's Calling_ and it's probably good that I had not read this first, and the critics' responses to it may be why she published her second post-HP novel under a pen name.
_The Casual Vacancy_ is *very* well written. The problem is it may be the most hauntingly depressing piece of modern naturalism I've ever read. From the pen of a master like JK Rowling, the result is devastating. As good as it is, I hate it and cannot recommend anyone read it--unless they've at least read this brief warning and still feel up to it.
I tired of waiting for the next Allon installment, so decided to go with this, Silva's first. I was extremely pleased. I don't know if he's done anything this good since. Oh, yes I do; he has, again and again!
I gave this book an extra star because I like Scott Brick's reading. It truly is 95% exposition so you're never drawn in, 4% attempted character development, and 1% plot. I couldn't have cared less about ANY of the characters.
A completely enjoyable book. The author and reader give you the overall picture of Ancient Greece. I admired the Greeks before I read this, but now I have a integrated sense of their culture.
I loved the first book in this "Trilogy." Alas, the author should've ended with Book One and so should you. Eldest is slow, dull, filled with mind-numbing pointless minutia that takes the story nowhere fast.
I enjoyed most of this. 90% of it is often excrutiatingly detailed nostalgia/travelogue of 1880s NYC; 8% is fun romance/adventure and 2% is sci-fi/fantasy.
Told from the eyes and mind of a 14-yo girl, this is a story about the importance of self-reliance, self-love and the dangers of unearned guilt. It is very uplifting and I recommend it to the parents of pre-adolescent girls, although not exclusively to be sure. This story could make you a better, happier parent.
I like The Narrows much much more. This one is straight line procedural detective work by an officer just doing a day's work. Lack of personal motivation throughout this story deadens it. For value-driven characters try a Harlan Coben novel.
This is classified as comic thriller mystery. Unfortunately, it's actually farce, yet rarely funny. The mystery is more of a side element to the ridiculous characters and "episodes." I'd call it a waste of time, considering all the better titles that are available.
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