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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 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

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

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