PositiveSt. Louis Post-Dispatch\"Built on more science than many works of science fiction, City is anything but a dry and scholarly tome — the weird crocodilian creatures alone would make sure of that. At more than 300 pages, though, the book is dense to the point of being slow going, with alternating points of view that are sometimes as disorienting as night and day. Persist and the last chapters come together in a satisfying conclusion with lessons that are more than relevant to this Earth today.\
MixedSt. Louis Post DispatchDon’t be fooled to think Leading Men is a straightforward, semi-historical novel ... It’s a shape-shifting concoction, a fever dream that slides seamlessly through time and across continents ... but the result here is too many perspectives, too many changes of scene, too many unnecessary characters and, frankly, too many words. It’s a long slog when it’s so difficult to connect with any of the protagonists ... But insights into [Williams\'s] working style, and more importantly his character, still make the novel intriguing for fans of the man who eagerly left this city, only to end up for eternity in Calvary Cemetery.
MixedThe St. Louis Post-DispatchIn many ways, Wilder’s story is the story of the American West, and Fraser frames her biography in that context … Fraser’s exploration of Wilder’s family history begins with her father’s Puritan ancestors in the 1600s. Caroline (Quiner) Ingalls’ genealogy gets a similar treatment. All this contributes to the great tapestry of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life, while also making the early chapters of Prairie Fires dense and scholarly, sometimes to the point of dryness … Fraser has certainly achieved her goal of putting Wilder and her Little House books into a clearer context than ever before.
PositiveThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch...a slim volume that reads like a cautionary fairy tale of contemporary parenting … Weiner gets into the heads of these not-very-interesting people, letting them share their feelings with readers in ways they can’t with one another. Just when a reader may be wondering whether anything will ever happen, Heather becomes a teen and inevitably clashes with her possessive mother … The style Weiner employs in Heather, the Totality is distinctive but odd, with many characters referred to as capital-M Mother or capital-W Worker, as if they were archetypes, or creatures from an Aesop fable. This never gets less disconcerting.
PositiveSt. Louis Post-DispatchWith end-of-life issues looming over Alma, The Japanese Lover can’t be called lighthearted. But it’s often wryly funny, and always an absorbing argument for the power of love.