Mostly Dead Things is an odd creature: a book widely recommended and popularly listed, but marked by a fundamental discomfort that defies mainstream appeal.
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“eminently readable and emotionally intense.”
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T. J. Klune’s latest title could be the lovechild of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs) and a Nora Roberts’ second chances, found family romance.
“If this book were an opera, De Robertis would be deafened by curtain call after curtain call after every performance.
In journalism, “bury the lede” is a term of craft: placing the most important point of the story too far down in the text, too distant from the all-important lead paragraph.
“Crain’s gift is in analyzing intense human relationships.”
“Lie with Me will enthrall the reader from start to finish. The prose is so spot on. Besson seems incapable of wasting a word.
“A riveting story of a horrible injustice enacted with careful, logical cruelty in the name of national security.
“Reading The History of Living Forever is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”
“Crossing is a challenging and brilliant work of fiction.”
“What is most remarkable about Mostly Dead Things is that, despite the mishaps and travails of the Morton family, the novel is ultimately both highly entertaining and inspiring, as
“a gorgeously written novel about race, about class, about street life and gender and the ragged ways we have chosen to define them.”
“Davies ushers in a new era of queer fiction, one in which queerness is just one part of a human story.”
“Hockney’s creative output had taken a marked turn. Working in three dimensions changed his relationship to space. It enhanced his vision further the way his deafness had . . .
“Those who have been waiting a long time for this new addition to the Shadowhunters series will be thrilled with the story brought to them by Clare and Chu.”
Ardent was the word that Joshua Speed, Abraham Lincoln’s best friend, used to describe Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd.
Shane was used to people asking if he was a boy or a girl. He was used to people sometimes assuming he was a girl because of his slender body and long blond hair.
“Lot is far from a bleak read. Washington’s language takes the dense texture of poverty and turns into poetry.”
“Sycamore seems to be forcing the reader to look at social injustices in a way that makes us realize the world is unfair.”
“Castellani delivers a touching, and often eloquent dramatization of one of the most legendary gay couples in theatrical history.”
“Feltman’s supreme ability to capture the emotional reality of her characters’ lives compels the reader forward. . . . a successful debut . . .”
“It is a novel replete with the joy, cynicism, excitement, frustration, and other deep emotions that we often find accompanying any worthwhile, profound learning experience.”
A Ladder to the Sky is not a book you want to love.