Featured reader reviews: Page 2

Listed below are the latest featured reader reviews on the site. Some are positive in praise, some are negative in criticism, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are well written and explain their reasoning. We can never have enough reader reviews as they add to the quality of the site, making it ever more useful for visitors.

Kurintor Nyusi by Aaron Michael Hall

9 stars

Kurintor Nyusi is one of the most exciting and refreshing books I've read in a long time. The plot was not the usual fantasy fare, the world not like the usual worlds you find in the genre, and the characters...well, it was the characters that made this tale a pure pleasure to read. The author has created something very unique, and this is sure to be an award-winning story. Through the eyes of these believable and well-portrayed characters, the reader is treated to a wonderfully enthralling experience, seeing the world through their eyes and coming to care for each and every one of them. We feel their emotions, share in their pains and joys. Even the antagonists. Nurisha, Xavion, Qaradan, Zuri, Alyelu and so many more. Yet, while there are plenty of characters, I did not feel overwhelmed at any time while reading this book. This is fantasy as it was meant to be, not focused on creatures and landscapes, or even on the events, but on the people who live them, and we get to experience it all right along with them. I cannot say enough about how well-written this story is. This is an author all fantasy fans should keep their eyes on, and I highly recommend reading Kurintor Nyusi. I am anxiously awaiting the next book, and if this book is any indicator, the next will be magnificent!

Tom
USA

The Machine Stops by EM Forster

10 stars

In one of my elective classes at University we were assigned a book that mentioned "The Machine Stops" briefly. I was so intrigued by the quotes that I went looking for this short story and I do not regret it at all. This story perfectly captures the extreme of full reliance on technology and machines for every form of resource and the changes it creates in humanity. The fact that this entails for a large admiration for something that humans created is insane and will of course end poorly. I enjoyed Forster's story and the thought provoking features it holds.

Serena
USA

Animal Farm by George Orwell

10 stars

This is the greatest satire of the darker face of modern history which highlights deep issues about trust, betrayal, tyranny and corruption. Orwell's chilling fable is remarkably accurate and gives is one of the best allegories out there to read. It is a book worth reading by anyone who understands its context and structure. This 94-page book is the best book I have ever read and I am glad I read it! A MUST READ!!!!!!

Rads
United Kingdom

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

10 stars

Robert R. McCammon's book Swan Song spoils any other reading of a of a nuclear war aftermath you have or will ever read. You will be comparing the narrative of this book, once you read it, to any other as lacking in something. I could only wish the author take up the setting again, this time with new characters of dark fantasy...elves, trolls, nymphs, etc... and man. I believe he could out-write the "Shannara" series.

MsCee
United States

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

10 stars

McCammon has written King under the table. Swan Song is evidence of it. While King babbles and can't get to the point for about 50 pages, McCammon stays with the point on every page. McCammon consistently moves the story forward at a fast pace and his Characters, especially in Swan Song, are well developed. What I loved best about Swan Song is the unpredictable plot as the story carries the reader through a world of Terrible Chaos. Unputdownable read. Kick-ass novel !

Don
USA

Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

10 stars

This book is amazing once you pick it up you can't put it down, this book is an action and adventure story so if you like that kind of book then this is a book for you. At school we are reading it and I think most people love it.

Amelie
England

Phantoms by Dean Koontz

9 stars

Filled with both eerie and disturbing mystery and atmosphere, Phantoms grabs you with a gripping, unsettling mystery and doesn't let you go until the very last page. Those looking to read a book by this author will never be disappointed.

Ryan
USA

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

10 stars

Unbelievably intense book. I don’t think that I have ever read a book that made me as physically tense as this one. The tension in certain moments is almost unbearable. So dark, so dire, but with a glowing love between the father and his son. You root for them, but you know that doom is waiting. And that makes the book insanely tense. Just brilliant, evoking a reaction that I have never had to a book.

Mark
UK

The Passage by Justin Cronin

10 stars

Justin Cronin needs a new editor. Good lord this book is too long and over the top with nonsense. I slogged through it and was amazed at yet another author with out the ability to get to the point and then just end the story. This lingers on and on (Much like this review) and gets nowhere. Then the end is some future footnote. It reminded me often of The Stand by Stephen King. Neither was worth the trouble or the effort. I give it two stars. Find another book.

Scott
USA

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

10 stars

My friend had "The Hobbit". I borrowed it. I loved it and wanted some more. I asked my mother to buy me a lord of the rings (all in one) and she did. Literallly, never have i ever read such a book with a brilliant amount of grace,wit and heroism.The language is beautiful and levels higher than many books i had read! It was, at least for me, better than Harry Potter, Percy Jackson(of course) and the chronicles of narnia. The ay the quotes are wrtten for every character, there is a lot to leran in morals as well!! I would like to conclude by giving on of my favourite quotes: "Arise,arise, riders of theoden fell deeds awake: fire and slaughter! spear shall be shaken and shield be broken a sword-day,a red-day,ere the sun rises! Ride now,ride now,ride to Gondor!!!

Siddharth
India

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