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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 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

It by Stephen King

10 stars

This book was just plain incredible. I didn't think I'd read all 1153 pages because I didn't like reading much anymore after school killed the joy of it. I just got the book because I had to get a book and I enjoyed the movie so I gave it a shot. Stephen King is an amazing writer, the amount of detail and characterization that goes on in this book kept me going. It did take me almost half a year though to read , since I procrastinate a lot. I enjoyed how the book took you from classic monster horrors that a child would dream up of like clowns, zombies, and spiders, to diving into all the real life horrors like racism, abuse, sickness, losing a loved one, homophobia, and just plain bullying. I love seeing the story unfold slowly learning along with the adults, what they did in the 50's and how they are gonna defeat the monster. Unlike others, I found the ending really satisfying but bittersweet. Would highly recommend picking up if you enjoyed the movie.

Alexander
United States

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

10 stars

Awesome sequel. The new characters are well thought out, the ones we knew are even more deep and interesting. The story, the motovation, the twists were all impeccable and it ends beautifully. An uforgettable reading experience!

Martin
Norway

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

10 stars

A few things made me hit my "unrealistic" button. First of all, canned peaches don't last anywhere close to 10 years, nor does canned food of any type. Also, why the heck, when they are freezing and headed south to escape the cold, are they going up to the top of a high mountain where it is much colder? I guess the man was anxious to see his boyhood home, but my goodness, how many calories did they burn between the cold and the climb when they were supposedly fighting exhaustion and starvation? Then the first thing the boy does when they reach the ocean is go swimming nude. What do you think the water temperature would be in this nuclear winter destroyed world? Maybe the boy had been so cold for so long that he could no longer feel cold. For those that believe this novel is a global warming guilt trip, it does not seem plausible that the initial disaster was climate related. It had to be more like an asteroid hit or an all out nuclear war to cause that kind of mass incineration. With that being said, I still loved the novel as the fiction that it is and was very emotional toward the end. A very simple read, I am by no means a fast reader and read it all in 5 hours. The lack of punctuation did not bother me and the author's way with words is magnificent. My interpretation, for what its worth, is that God had for whatever reason forsaken this world, but he was going to give humanity another chance by choosing the beautiful, wonderful boy, the essence of innocence and good, as its new source of regeneration. The father seemed to sense there was something special and Godlike about his son and that their incredible journey against all odds was God's mission. Some of their "luck" was not luck at all, rather God's intervention. Maybe God gave them the strength to climb that mountain, maybe God preserved the canned peaches for 10+ years. Maybe the boy's nude swim in freezing water was supposed to represent some kind of baptism or anointment? In that context it does not seem as unrealistic. So despite my nit-picking, this was an extremely profound and captivating read!

Andrew
USA

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

4 stars

A generous four. The first two books clocked in at about eight each. The excruciatingly long, drawn out back-and-forth conversations between characters was mind numbing. The plot was lost several times with all the meaningless visions and dreams. And let’s not forget the pointless interludes. Clearly Sanderson was trying way too hard at being grandiose. He did, however succeed in running circles around both the plot and his confused characters while leaving the reader shaking his head in disappointment. It must have been as painful to write as what it was as to read.

Guido
Norway

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

9 stars

A substantial improvement over his earlier Night Angel trilogy. Gone are the endless plot conveniences and loose ends. Without them, Weeks' excellent pacing, varied characters, and penchant for mind-boggling twists make the Lightbringer series difficult to put down. The story is made all the more compelling by what is probably the most interesting magic system I have ever encountered.

Kenan
United States

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

10 stars

Easily the most entertaining book I have ever read. Miles better than Stephen kings The Stand. The epic story of Swan song moves along at a fast pace. McCammon writing style is that he is able to say more about a character in a paragraph than King could in 3 chapters. I have read this book about 10 times over the last 30 years and I know I will start reading it again very soon.

Ashley
UK

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