Featured reader reviews: Page 5

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.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

10 stars

I have recently read the novella "Animal Farm", and I found it as influential as it must have been for the readers who were looking for the masterpiece of English literature. I am amazingly impressed by the plot, and its allegorical flow of theme. All in all, it gets into your and impels you to complete it as soon as one may. Interestingly, I read it for my academic course but it is on the top of the masterpieces I have read it so far. It explicitly indicates what political leaders of modern world brag for, but when they access to the realm of power their hypocrisy is reveled and they leave no stones to fill their buckets with the blood and sweet of the masses.

Ali
Pakistan

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

8 stars

Can be a bit of a drag at times but in general it is a very interesting book and I really recommend it to ambitious young readers and teens and well everyone really. This is the book everyone should read it is a great book and this is a fantastic read to anyone who wishes to work with it all through the twisting story.

Adam
England

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

9 stars

A very interestingly and matter of fact style of magic, with so much incredibly strong thought out law, the world presented is enchanting, and developed, and beautiful even, but perhaps the best part is the narrator and the presentation of such a world.

Thomas
United Kingdom

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

9 stars

I LOVED the book it was one of my fav book by Michael. At school I've read it with my class. He did a very good job of it, though I gives it a nine because it can be a bit boring for some people and my friends find it a bit boring, but I think it was amazing. It is for 10 or 10+ years old. If I was your friend I would definitely recommend this book.

alice
UK

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

10 stars

Can't put the book down. Some people are complaining about how Kvothe is "too good at everything" but why would you pick up a book about "the greatest and most powerful wizard of all time" if you did not think he would be good at everything... obviously he struggles internally with some things but externally he is a master. I love it. Great book.

Matthew
United States

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

3 stars

As a fan of post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, I have read a number of novels in the genre. I just didn’t connect with this book. For me, there were far too many unanswered questions and an absolutely grim, hopeless experience in reading the book. Everything is dead, except for a handful of people who are struggling to survive; most have turned to cannibalism. The problem here is that something has completely obliterated all animal, marine, bird, and plant life. There was evidently such fiery destruction that, ten years later, ash is still thick enough in the atmosphere to keep the sun and moon from being seen. That kind of destruction would seem to exclude the slightest possibility that anyone could survive the initial destruction and certainly not ten years after the event. A fire that burned the entire world, robbed the oceans of all life, killed every oxygen producing plant, would not have left enough oxygen in the atmosphere for people to breathe. Unless, of course, the destruction isn’t worldwide, but there’s no mention of relief coming from other parts of the world. In this setting, there is no real hope for the survival of mankind. The story sets up a promise of hope in the son, but that hope never materializes. There are hints that the son is somehow very special, that he carries “the fire,” but nothing ever comes of it. All of these detriments to the actual story are in addition to Cormac McCarthy’s style of writing the story. The only way to describe the experience, for me, is to say that reading the book was very much like the journey the father and son are on...hopelessly struggling to move forward. I can’t think of another book that I can compare to reading this book. If not for being an assignment for a class, I would not have read past the first few pages. I don’t recommend this book.

James
USA

The Burning White by Brent Weeks

8 stars

A decent read. As several reviews have mentioned, the theological aspects were some of the real weak spots in the story. I think it might be that Brent Weeks' personal beliefs became too much of an influence in his writing. I had a flashback while reading this book. It made me remember a time when I was reading a Terry Goodkind novel and realized that I was being preached at by an ideologue instead of just reading a book. The authors frame this in similar ways - it happens during discussions between characters, where one person, in the guise of a 'doubter' has an ideology patiently explained to them - in enormous detail, and where their every doubting response or question is met with ethereal wisdom. It is the kind of setting that probably seems totally plausible, even awe-inspiring - in the mind of an ideologue, but to someone reading it, it comes across as ham fisted, immersion breaking, preachy and even disrespectful. I had to stop reading Goodkind, because he just got worse and worse, and his novels just started to feel like thinly veiled rants. I'd hate to stop reading Weeks, and I hope I don't have to. When his writing is good, it is extremely good, and really enjoyable. I had some issues with pacing and with character consistency. But overall, a really good read and a satisfactory conclusion.

Brendan
Australia

The Three by Sarah Lotz

7 stars

Overall "Three" is an interesting and well-written book. The story is quite coherent even when constructed through interviews and chat room discussions etc. I gave 7/10, because I was honestly expecting more horror elements and the ending left me kind of confused. Also, at times I had to browse the book because I had forgotten a certain character, because some of them weren't that memorable. But this one is without a doubt above average story, so people should give it a chance.

Johanna
Finland

The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

10 stars

An amazing book, each detail is of the utmost importance. The minutiae, the detail, and the way Tad Williams brings everything together by the last book is amazing. Tad Williams is one of the few people I would call a Genius. The character development is outstanding, and the way each and every storyline connects is breathtaking. I would put this series on the same tier as the greatest fantasy novels of all time. The ending, while unorthodox, is perfectly symbolic of the history that permeates the series.

Campbell
Canada

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

8 stars

This book began my adoration for the series. Maas' writing style still rubbed me the wrong way but it begins its evolution for the better. Moving on from that complaint I would like to address what I loved about this installment. I was madly in love with Princess Nehemia, I rooted for her in everything and I loved the way she pushed Celaena to be a better person and called her out on her BS. Nehemia is a heroine in her own right even though she is far from a main character and I don't think that she gets the praise she deserves. Celaena in this book is once again very likable, snarky, and more human in this book. We see her deal with grief, denial, anger, distrust, betrayal, love, and pure hatred. She really grows up in Crown of Midnight and spreads her wings by the end of the book. I have to say though, one of the biggest plot twist of this series was painfully obvious to me but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the one that made me fall in love with Chaol as a character. No longer the scowling jackass, he opens up and we see that he has a lot of issues that made him the way he is. He's supportive of Dorian but still incredibly protective and their bond is something that I admire in characters that are rival love interests. Chaol began to grate on my nerves by the end of the book but I still loved him. Later on in the series I found myself hating him but for now, he was my favorite character. Snarky, harsh, funny, sweet, and almost empathetic. Dorian is always a joy for me. He doesn't have as much of a strong presence in this one but he still grew as a character. That's all I really have to say about him for Crown of Midnight. Archer...Oh boy you guys are in for a ride with every encounter with him. It really brings up the ghosts of Celaena's past and it managed to sway her character in a more relatable and likeable direction than before.

Haley
United States

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