Featured reader reviews: Page 4

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.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

10 stars

This is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read it several times, and it never gets old! A classic, must-read for all ages. Even younger kids can enjoy it when it is read aloud to them! The story is captivating and set the foundation for many other amazing stories, and the character development is superior. Tolkien is one of the greatest word smiths of all time. Most of the people who gave it one star are in middle school reading it because they have to. But I am in sixth grade and can enjoy this book outside of school! I know from experience that over analyzing a book at school can kind of ruin it for you, so I would recommend reading it outside of school so you can appreciate it and read at your own pace and not have to do work on it. In short, this book is a masterpiece.

Annie
USA

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

10 stars

It's hard to describe just how magical my first reading of The Lord of the Rings was. I was 'in the book' from the very first page & have rarely - if ever since - been so immersed. I didn't just want to read about Hobbiton, I wanted to live there. It is a truly beautiful story which is imbued with a love for language and nature, a story of heroism in the face of terrifying odds. The characters: Frodo, Sam, Aragorn, Gollum & others have stayed with me for the twenty-five years since. Whenever I take a walk through a particularly pleasant part of England I am reminded of this book. Every fantasy fan should read this book, it really does deserve all the praise it receives.

Christian
UK

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

10 stars

Michael Chricton within himself is a great artist.the way he presented the storyline is marvelous. the vocab used in his writtings kinda on a very different level. the characters too r so very well written .this book gifts u the feeling of adventure.one of the best book I have read.#mcrocks

Janhavi Ghate
India

The Wolf by Leo Carew

3 stars

I so wanted to enjoy this that I stuck with it far too long. The character development is weak - I wanted to know so much more about Roper's feelings and relationships. Considering he is the son of the Black Lord and supposedly trained in political situations he seems surprisingly unaware of the characters and factions he is being groomed to lead. And his marriage to Keturah is unbelievable- I wanted to understand how they both felt about each other and to develop the dynamics between them. By the end ( to which I skipped I'm afraid) I felt more interest in and sympathy for the description of the north land than in the cardboard and disappointing characters. The author would benefit from reading Mark Lawrence and Joe Abercrombie to learn how a character doesn't need to be likeable or 'nice' to be a fascinating read.

Dee
France

Blindness by Jose Saramago

8 stars

A disturbing book to read as the suffering from Blindness progresses into mean, selfish characters . Strong men begin to inflict suffering on women and weak men, horde meager food supply and water from others. Is this a human behavior that all of humans would succumb to under these dire circumstances? The lack of NAMES for the characters was unusual at the beginning of the novel , but as it progressed it seemed more fitting. Our book group "Goddesses of Literature" select a broad spectrum of interesting and unusual books and expand our knowledge and enjoyment.

Jan
USA

It by Stephen King

8 stars

I've just finished it and I miss the characters. I could see the light of the long summer days from when I was a kid (I was 11 years old in 1987, growing up in Poland). The book instantly brought back memories of how we played during summer holidays. To me, its not a horror story. It's a story about a lost childhood. How we grow up and forget all those beautiful moments and purple that used to be very important in our lives. How we can't even remember some of the names of our childhood friends. It reminds me a lot of Hearts In Atlantis, which I consider one of the most beautiful books about childhood I've ever read. I found parts where Mike Hanlon reports sightings of Pennywise from old Derry redundant. You won't miss anything off you skip those parts. I hated the real monster. It's kind of lazy of King to have gone in this direction. I also found the seed scene very weird and unsettling. Otherwise, a must-read. The ending clearly shows that it is a book about wonders of childhood and how growing up robs us of it.

Andrew
United Kingdom

Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata

10 stars

I first read Beauty and Sadness at 21, rereading it now at 61 it is even more stunning. The mystery of the book is that it is meant to be experienced and not solved like felt and not analyzed. See the beauty in the world, even in the sadness, the sadness in beauty. The characters are all flawed. They are all narcissistic to various degrees. It is a time capsule from an earlier era. But I with the emphasis on the art of painting it asks to be “viewed” and asks us to view ourselves as well.

Kevin
USA

Dune by Frank Herbert

10 stars

I first read Dune when it was a serial in Analog back in the 60s.I found it exciting and masterful.I have not read a science-fiction book that is better. I strongly agree with Nicolas King's review, especially his last sentence: "Anyone who considers themselves a fan of this genre must read it at some point in their lives."

Herb
USA

A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

1 stars

This book was so much slower than the first book. It was okay until the explicit gay sex scene 3/4 in. The author is a lesbian so I guess it's no surprise, though I was surprised, I didn't expect a X rated porn novel. Was it necessary to make Rhy and Alucard gay, no, was it necessary to make them explicit gay X rated lovers? No. Ruins the book and the series. But I read the gay sex is important for the third book based on the author being upset that in Russia they deleted the X rated sex scene, I won't ever know, I threw it and this book in the trash. The author could have been a better author but she put her twisted gay thoughts in where they don't belong. Like idiot authors that put swearing in their novels.

M
United States

Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson

9 stars

After 4 books spent in the incredible Malazanverse, Erikson is still trying new things. And again... succeeding in somehow unexpected ways. This book tells a slower, more level-headed story of an unfolding imperialism and the imprending clash of cultures and wills that will come out of it. Brilliant pensive viewpoint characters again (Udinaas and Trull, Tehol and Brys... and the wonderful Seren Pedac!), great humor like nothing we had previously in the MBOTF, plus an exquisitely formed plot (relying heavily on suggestion and the reader's ability to connect the dots, thanks for your trust, Steven!), and surprises, twists and heart-breaking moments... what else could we want?

Raphaƫl
France

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