Featured reader reviews: Page 3

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.

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

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

4 stars

I have very mixed feelings about this book. Pros: 1) Unlike some who have had difficulty following the story, I didn't have too much of a problem with it (what there was, at any rate). The premise is interesting and had a lot of promise. 2) The author has a knack for description, language, and metaphor and occasionally I found myself thoroughly enjoying her choice of words and phrasing. Cons: 1) The farther I got in the book, the more depressing it got. I'm not really all that fond of "make the character suffer" and some of the problems Henry & Claire encounter were just too drawn out for my taste. 2) I'm not all that fond of crude language, especially in something that's described as a love story. Much of the word choice surrounding the sex lives of the characters was jarring and brought me completely out of the story, wincing a bit. 3) The first time reading it I did finish the book. The second time (years later, when I had forgotten my first impressions) I couldn't manage it. It was getting more and more depressing, and with nearly 20% of the book left I finally gave up. It was a bit like watching a train wreck. 4) The book has only the barest of plots following the 15-20 or so years between Claire meeting Henry in his present and the end. Most of the scenes are scattered and somewhat disjointed, with little or no connection to each other. Overall, I'd say the book didn't live up to its potential.

Heidi
United States

Ash by James Herbert

1 stars

I bought this book with high hopes, having read a few of Mr Herbert's earlier works and I enjoyed them. It seemed to have all the right elements - hauntings, conspiracy, James Herbert's twisted imagination...... Boy was I disappointed! Somehow he managed to take a great premise and then didn't really follow up on any of the potential themes. WHAT exactly was haunting the castle? WHY were people housed at enormous expense other than the financial aspect? WTF were the sex scenes meant to be, other than funny? WHY were the characterisations of the women in this book so hopelessly dated, and who the hell says the word "champers" these days? Why the anti-EU rant, and where the heck did (?saint) Princess Di fit in to all of this and why didn't her force counteract the evil?? It really gave the impression that about 3x the story was written, and then the editors decided to hack great random lumps out of it. NO resolution at all. If the idea of an eagerly Lucan striding out in to the unknown is the abiding image for me then something is is very lacking in this story indeed. Plenty of violence, plenty of gratuitous mutilation/titillation but very little sense of impending horror. Oh, and I kinda guessed that the 'hero' who failed to be particularly heroic beyond getting at least 2 of the other characters killed, would look like a younger/idealised version of the author. No, very disappointing and I could not possibly recommend this book to anyone.

Sarah
UK

Animal Farm by George Orwell

9 stars

This book was assigned to me in my senior English class. This book was nothing I was anticipating. I was promised a book with talking animals. I came to find out that it was much more. This book is much bigger than that once you learn the purpose driven behind it. George Orwell uses the animal fable effectively to show the issues of injustice, and inequality in human society/human nature. He tells a story of The Russian Revolution through Animal Farm. He express his opinions on the circumstances, while also exposing the corrupt system in communism. He does an incredible job at this. The theme i received from this story was the corruption in the Soviet Union. I received this through the many issues and conflicts throughout the stories, especially the ones that had to do with the over use of power. All in all, it was a good story with many surprises. Solid 9/10

Sky
United States

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