As the first Doctor Who book I've read, I'm not sure how to rate it - the plot was good, the writing good (with the occasional fantastic section and t...moreAs the first Doctor Who book I've read, I'm not sure how to rate it - the plot was good, the writing good (with the occasional fantastic section and the occasional odd sentence plunked out of nowhere, serving only to confuse me). The premise was fantastic, and I've always wanted to see more from the Doctor's lone travels. I hope their are more with the Doctor alone - he's such a wonderful existentialist when alone, and I need my darkly philosophical moments of despair. My real downside is that, like the show's 10th doctor in general, he relies on a lot of made up words to fix the plot, instead of real anticipation for true solutions getting a chance to be built. (less)
Although the advance copy had several minute errors, overall the plot was spectacular. Taking place in the must written...moreRead as a first read's winner.
Although the advance copy had several minute errors, overall the plot was spectacular. Taking place in the must written about Wall Street world of intrigue, the plot quickly took off past my limited knowledge of economic matters, but the book explained well enough to keep me interested and informed.
As a fast paced thriller, Clawback succeeds, with easily built characters and a masterly weaved feel of suspense. There wasn't enough attraction to the characters and plot to jump out and say "This will be an unforgettable book", but the author is on his way to success. (less)
Although I'd never read any of the past books in the series, I enjoy historical fiction and easily got into the time per...moreRead as a First Read's winner.
Although I'd never read any of the past books in the series, I enjoy historical fiction and easily got into the time period. It's 1939, and a detective is being sent by Stalin back to a Gulag he once lived in (and survived in an extraordinary way) to examine a murder scene and search for secrets relating to the old Tsar.
The plot was interesting, but as other reviewers have said, the writing style was a bit different than normal. For me, the heavy flashbacks in the first section were a bit disorienting, and overall the writing was below the plot.(less)
Honestly, the back of this book had me excited. Political dystopian books are great (in my opinion) when they're pulled of...moreI won a copy from Goodreads.
Honestly, the back of this book had me excited. Political dystopian books are great (in my opinion) when they're pulled off.
This book failed every one of my expectations.
I never finished the first half, the book was so bad. The writing was third person, and the narration followed a group of rebels. The plot had little going on, the writing was average, the dialogue read like a history narrative. The author seems to be an advocate of 'tell, don't show', because very little action was shown (in the first 100 pages) when compared to people sitting around and talking, and the talking was where I got all of the information. And even then - there would be 2 people talking, both of whom lived under this dystopian government, and one person would talk as if the other person was brainless to inform the reader. The characters acted 20 years younger than their supposed mid-twenties age, and overall the book was just badly written. The only credit I can give to the author is that he didn't crazily advocate any one political position, despite starting the book in current day. He was very vague in describing current political happenings.(less)