PositiveThe New York Times Book Review...[a] funny and charming new novel ... Gregory writes with humor and charm, offering up a rollicking and quick-paced plot tailor-made for summer, but what makes the novel magical is his exploration of what it means to harbor these gifts ... At times, Gregory speeds us through moments that should be lingered over or leaves loose ends untied. Other ends he ties too tightly ... But as with all novels, choices must be made, and the danger of creating such an enjoyable world is that it leaves a reader longing for more. In his acknowledgments, Gregory writes, 'None of it’s real, folks.' But his best trick is to make you believe it is.
PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewThe setup is practically foolproof, but that shouldn’t discount Tulathimutte’s talent for comedy. A funny situation doesn’t always lead to funny writing, and Tulathimutte frequently proves his ability to nurse laughs even from dire, awkward, uncomfortable situations, not just from explicitly amusing ones ... At times, Tulathimutte overextends the joke: One character claims not to have an email address, which seems far-fetched for this generation. And he can take too much pleasure in ridiculing millennials, Internet trolls and even people sincere in their efforts at self-improvement. Then again, it’s a comedy — and one that is, in all respects, emotionally engaging and more than satisfying.
PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewAt every turn, Ruff has great fun pitting mid-20th-century horror and sci-fi clichés against the banal and ever-present bigotry of the era. And at every turn, it is the bigotry that hums with the greater evil.