The York Times Book Review says it best, "The novel contains passages as powerful and as beautiful as anything writtennot merely by contemporary American novelists but by any American Novelist....The book is as funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting." If you liked Wolfe's other novels you will like this one. And if you've never read him, this is a great introduction to his sardonic take on men and women on the make.
Ms. Hamilton's Michah is more of a novelette than a true novel. No plot really. However, she sure knows how to ramp up the tension and write pretty amazing sex scenes. And, she does at last give us a bit more of Micah's back story. If you've read the rest, you'll want to read this one just to stay in the know.
This is a well-written novel, though the author seemed more interested in her technique than in telling a coherent story. The characters' motivations often seemed opaque and the author often started a story thread and then wandered away from it.
In all, I found the novel arty and self-reverent. Not that arty is a bad thing--it's only bad when the writing style gets in the way of telling a story well. Based on the good reviews in respected magazines for "The Old Ballerina," I waited years to get my hands on a copy. But even if I was disappointed in the end, three cheers for Paperback Swap for finally unearthing a copy.
Fiona Walker is an English author and hard to find as her books are only distributed in the UK and Australia. If you've ever read Jilly Cooper you will enjoy Ms. Walker. She right fun, funny and infuriating characters. Kind of Bridget Jones-ish with an edge. In this one the heroine, who should know better, falls for a pretty face--and body--mystery man. We get pretty fed up with both of them by the time they figure it out and manage to get together. You'll laugh and groan alot along the way.
I'm not always a Camp fan, but this one was really good--well written with a fun preminse, spunky heroine and bedeviled hero who doesn't know quite what hit him until he is well and truely in love with the wife he married as a purely business proposition and with one arm firmly twisted behind his back by his mother. A delightful read.
Fantasy set in an alternate medival world with a brigadoon like boundry between fairie and human lands. Well written. I'm not a big fantasy reader, hence my star rating. If you like this kind of fiction there is nothing here not to like.
Rosemary Rogers was a pioneer of erotic romance, and this title was a sensation when it was released in 1974. It is the story of two wild, untamed souls who hurt each other badly before they can come to love. A little dated, and full of adventure with very hot love scenes in the "she said no but means yes," mode. ENTERTAINING.
As usual, Phillips writing is fun, funny, and fast paced. She never hits a wrong note. As a woman who hasn't seen a super bowl in twenty years, I can attest to the fact that she made me love the game and those great big men who play in them.
This is not the usual Vampire novel and not a book a romance reader would like. It is a send up of Vampire fiction while at the same time being a kind of edgy, noir, scifi romping good read. Very fun and not for the squeamish.
This wonderful story imagines the love affair between Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth carefully researched using documents and evidence fromthe era. The jacket copy is the best description of the tale that I can offer....[An] almost magical insight into the desires of Robert Dudley and his lovers, paints a picture of a countryon the brink of greatness, a yuong woman grasping at her power, a young man whose ampition is greater than his means, and the wife who cannot forgive him. A great read.
The saga contines. The second book in the series begun with Outlander. To quote Publisher's Weekly: "triumphant...her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabalon as a superior writer."
A book read for the pleasure of the writing as much as for the story. A Natiional Book Award Winner. Best to quote from The New York Times Magazine, "Waiting has the stripped down simplicity of a fable....It casts a spell that doesn't break once....Jin has the kind of effortless command that most writiers can only dream about." This is a story about a man caught betten two women and to cultures, that of ancient and modern China.