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A Delicate Truth: A Novel

This novel and the others like it don't offer anywhere near the pacing, excitement and sense of revelation that made le Carre novels from the '70s and '80s such masterworks.


Rogue Descendant

Rogue Descendant wasn't painful to read by any stretch, but there's no character growth, no romance development, no exploration of the protagonist's abilities, and no particularly revealing information about the world.


Wrecked

If women's liberation means freeing us to be more truly ourselves, we should celebrate a writer like Roche, whose voice is defiantly, shamelessly her own.


Garlic, Mint, and Sweet Basil: Essays on Marseilles, The Mediterranean, and Noir Fiction

Writing crime fiction, says Izzo, is not a form of activism, but "a way of conveying my doubts, my anxieties, my joys, my pleasures". His essays, too, reveal a man of deep feeling and humanity.


The Round House

The Round House is a very well-written book from an obviously mature writer.


Incarnation

In the end, Incarnation was a wonderful, amazing read.


Little Green

This old-new Easy deals with life, death, rebirth and redemption. And he's still here.


Big Brother

All we can do is learn to live with the questions. I cannot imagine those questions being asked more forcefully, passionately, intelligently or kindly than they are in this book.


All That Is

He's a little too loftily impassive, finally, and perhaps a little too interested in creating crystalline verbal beauty, to compel the word "great", at least without strong reservations. But he is amazingly good.


Inferno: A Novel

The early sections of “Inferno” come so close to self-parody that Mr. Brown seems to have lost his bearings.


She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me

This is a grim story, but it’s also a love story.


Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Mr. Sedaris can be the life of your two-person party if you turn to his essays for quick, easy diversion and nothing more.


NOS4A2

Hill’s NOS4A2 is a big, wide-ranging horror novel that will inevitably evoke comparisons to Stephen King’s work.


Americanah

The novel overall remains wise, entertaining and unendingly perceptive.


Paris: The Novel

Paris, once again, has fallen into the wrong hands.


Country Girl: A Memoir

The first couple of hundred pages of “Country Girl” are wonderful, the second 150 rather less so, but anyone who knows and loves her work, as I do, will want to read it from start to finish.


The Blue Fox

How inspiring, then, to discover a contemporary writer like Sjón, who is willing to harken back to ancient traditions, to acknowledge that life remains strange and mysterious, to honour the gold of the “mouth-tale” and to write novels that capture the duality of existence arguably more prevalent now than ever before.


Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

It’s all the more powerful because he’s otherwise so self-deprecating and offhand.


Dead Silence

Dead Silence is a terrific addition to the Body Finder series but if this is truly the last book in the series it has been left a little to open ended for my personal taste.


Dead Ever After

I think the book struck a nice balance between larger social issues and the individual focus on Sookie’s happiness and emotional growth that bore and carried the weight of the series.