This is a very satisfying Alex Cross book as it answers some of the questions that have been raised previously concerning Cross' childhood and family lore. We learn through this story the why and how of Alex Cross, and what has brought him to this point in his life.
Mama Tried is fun and funny - it's part memoir, part commentary, and of course part comic strip. The cartoons are what make this book so relatable and at the same time funny in way that only parents will understand (double points for twins and multiples).
The sentiments in this book are lovely, the advice sound. But I couldn't help but think that it was somewhat like one really long inspirational Pinterest post. Gilbert's personal success is what makes this book credible, and what is getting people to pay attention to it.
The start of the story is just a little bland. Cole's character doesn't grab you and neither does the plot. The various connecting stories have to gel before you begin to enjoy this story as a whole. By mid-book the reader is beginning to be hooked, and the finale is totally satisfying.
I love Serbia and I love the lyrical language. Slowly I penetrate, lazily learning words, identifying enough so I can spy on conversations. I find the old city of Belgrade genteel as a dowager with its ancient streets and tiled, slouching village houses and balconies topped with potted red flowers.
Overall, Between the World and Me would make for a powerful addition to any bookshelf, lap, bedside table, hand, or desk. Its masterful lettering, mostly monochromatic jacket, and appropriately thick pages are a treasure to behold.
Lisa Scottoline demonstrates she is a writer with a cool head and a warm heart in her latest novel CORRUPTED. This is because her lead character, attorney Bennie Rosato, has a cool head and a warm heart.
If I'm feeling a bit too confident and need an instant dose of humility, I read some bad reviews about my latest book. This self-inflicted pain is sure to temporarily destroy my positive attitude and slaughter the pretentious belief that I am a writer.
Lynn Cullen is a remarkable writer. Her readers get to have a first hand view of the latter years of Samuel Clemens' life. It is presented through the eyes of Isobel Lyon, his secretary/companion during this time. Cullen captures all this in her latest novel TWAIN'S END.
PRETTY GIRLS is one of the year's most fascinating stories, told with the creatively inventive touch of a true master of suspense. It is also a story that will stay with you for a long time after you have closed its pages.
Fans of the Throat Punch queen will relish in the new installment of funny and irreverent essays that feature stories of Mann's childhood from her White Trash Doll House to her epic fashion debut in all neon.
For those of us who come to the series at this late date it appears a lot of information about Mr. Reacher has already been disclosed and the reader is supposed to know it. With this limitation a new reader will find this book thin on characterization but heavy on plot.
It is difficult to know whether the elegiac mood I felt while reading The Shepherd's Crown was due to the book itself or to the fact that the fifth Tiffany Aching novel (and forty-first Discworld novel) was in fact the late Sir Terry Pratchett's final work.