RaveCriminal Element\"... though this novel is late in the series, Raybourn expertly weaves in details from the previous books so that a newcomer doesn’t feel lost, while someone familiar with the series doesn’t feel an interruption in action. And boy is there plenty of action ... Honestly, there is so much I could say about this one. From the humor to the atmosphere to the relationships and the honest portrayals of women and the different ways they deal with societal sexism and classism, somehow this novel has it all while keeping us turning the pages with a well-paced plot. If you’ve been looking for a new adventure, you’ll want to pick up this series.\
Marc Levy, Trans. by Daniel Wasserman
PositiveCriminal ElementThe Last of the Stanfields...pulls off novelty with ease. While the prose itself doesn’t do anything daring, perhaps suffering a little from having been translated from the author’s precisely chosen words into a language that may not grasp the subtleties of the original, the plot is woven expertly, passing through three generations of narrators effortlessly ... The beauty of this novel is that the story is too big for one person to tell, and I love that it doesn’t even try to attempt that. Instead, we get bits and pieces of the story from several points of view ... It’s a patchwork story that somehow makes you feel like you’re sitting right alongside Eleanor and George as they go from clue to clue, gathering stories from many sources as they each try to piece together who their mothers were—and in turn figure themselves out in the process. You’ll find yourself staying up way past your bedtime (I certainly did) just so you can find out what the next clue is, the next piece of the puzzle that may or may not be the piece that finally shows the bigger picture. As one character, Professor Morrison, says, \'Patience now, patience. All will be revealed.\' And you will be well satisfied when it is
RaveCriminal ElementAtkins threads the story with a sense of foreboding...ramping it up as the book reaches its climax ... The Night Visitor is a battle of wills ... It’s a riveting and atmospheric story of morality and psychology that will keep you turning pages well into the night.
RaveCriminal Element\"The Hunger by Alma Katsu is a tense and gripping reimagining of one of America\'s most fascinating historical moments, the Donner Party, with a supernatural twist ... Katsu’s plot really does not stray from the facts as we know them about the Donner Party and their eventual fate. And though we only have glimpses of the things in the shadows, it’s only in knowing they are there, hungry and waiting, that imbues the story with a fear that just never lets up.\
Sam J. Miller
PositiveB&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy BlogBlackfish City is an eco-punk thriller with startling implications for how climate change, technology, and the political machinations of the mega-rich could dramatically alter our future (even if our reality is likely to included fewer orcamacers). It may seem overtly fantastical, but this imaginary world is very much rooted in our current culture and climate (in both senses of the word). Sam J. Miller’s sophomore effort proves him a writer with real potential. Best to start here, and prepare yourself for many more strange journeys at his side.
Chandler Klang Smith
PositiveThe Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog...smart science fiction filled with atmosphere, edgy worldbuilding, and characters who are difficult to sympathize with—and all the more human for that ... The Sky Is Yours describes a strange and gritty landscape, and I wonder what else is out there beyond this ruined city. It is a wholly immersive world, and the characters provide an often uncomfortable ride through it all—it’s a riveting read, but not an easy one, content to leave its mysteries unexplained ... It’s over the top in the best way—an ambitious, unsettling book, worth the trip.