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 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.
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 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.
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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