Archive: Summer of Fiction Book Reviews

Book review: “Wolf Hall” (September 3, 2015)

Wolf Hall appears to be one of those novels that polarizes its readers — either they love it, or they really, really do not. I loved it, for a few different reasons

Book review: “Ready Player One” (July 29, 2015)

I got the feeling reading Ready Player One that my memories were being used to sell me something that couldn’t sell itself

Book review: “Swamplandia!” (July 11, 2015)

Swamplandia! is brilliant — a gorgeous fantasia that flirts with magical realism without ever letting its feet drift too far from the ground

Book review: “Telex from Cuba” (July 5, 2015)

Telex from Cuba is that rare novel with a true sense of place; it drips with atmosphere and period detail

Book review: “Old Man’s War” (July 2, 2015)

A fun, compulsively readable adventure story, but one that fails to shake free of the burdens of its genre

Book review: “The Circle” (June 26, 2015)

The question of where the boundary between the public and the private should be drawn deserves a great novel to help us work through it. The Circle is not that novel

Book review: “The Paying Guests” (June 22, 2015)

The Paying Guests is a very, very good book. In fact, it’s the best novel I’ve read in quite some time

Book review: “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (June 16, 2015)

Sometimes all the reviews are wrong. This is one of those times

Book review: “The Bone Clocks” (June 9, 2015)

Not quite as good as Cloud Atlas, but still a great read

Book review: “Gone Girl” (June 8, 2015)

“Gone Girl” starts as a smart, insightful novel, but turns into an explosion at a paperback factory

Book review: “1Q84” (June 4, 2015)

Not as bad as you’ve heard, not as good as you’d like