I’m generally not inclined to go all praise the prose about writers because that’s a complement that is subjective. But I don’t know how to write about Harriet Said without telling you that Bainbridge tells a tight, taut story that unfolds in all of its horrifying details.
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve never been a huge Vonnegut fan, but several friends said that this was the book that would get me. I have to say: They nailed it. This is a dark, sad fictional memoir of Howard W. Campbell Jr., who moved to Germany just […]
I knew going in the ending would probably feel stilted at best, but everything else along the way was a great ride. I couldn’t wait to have the story unfold, and I found most of the main characters interesting enough to want to follow along
Cline has the corner on this flavor of the Gen X-flavored science-fiction. In many ways, Armada was more enjoyable that Ready Player One. The story was more intimate, driven by the main character’s connection to his lost father.
Mark Watney is the most enjoyable main character and narrator in recent memory. Andy Weir did a masterful job creating the character, and making me really care about what was happening (when what was happening was seriously just a bunch of engineering problems.)
Ernest Cline has written the definitive Geek Culture novel, bringing together every seminal game, film, and reference into a cohesive — if not culturally specific — story about a boy, an online game, a world, and technology.
Never mind the plot holes. Superposition, string theory, and universe hopping require some quantum leaps of faith. Still Dark Matter is a fun, dark look at how our choices (the ones we make; the ones we don’t) shape everything.
Wurth doesn’t take any easy outs with her main character. In truth, there are no real happy endings for anyone involved, and the ones who do sneak out with some hope do so because they just refuse to stop moving forward.
Angela Jackson-Brown’s novel Drinking from a Bitter Cup is a haunting, desolate story of a young child abandoned in the world. At every page, I wanted to stop reading. But her prose was so effortlessly elegant that I couldn’t.