Ali Smith’s Hotel World is signature Smith—experimental and clever while being easy to read.
“I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world.”
At times you can feel Brown trying to differentiate his world and his story from The Hunger Games, but I was never able to stop comparing the two.
Wyrd Sisters is a delightful and spooky Halloween read that takes Discworld in a more political (but no less humorous) direction.
I enjoyed every moment of this subtle and precise military fantasy, particularly because of its intelligent and complex characters.
Manhattan Beach is dense with research and carefully placed cultural references of the time, and the result is something that’s passable as historical fiction but shallow and disappointing as a Jennifer Egan novel.
"If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days." - Sylvia Plath
If Roy had set her characters into motion and given them drive, they may have given this book movement, energy, and excitement. Instead, it was like reading about an intricate painting that becomes more and more detailed every moment but is still static by the end.