Review: Nightwoods

Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Fantastic sense of place and amazing turns of phrases almost ruined by characters that are so flat and underdeveloped that I could not have cared less about the peril they are exposed to (and that includes the two kids!). I'll remember where this story took place a lot longer than I'll remember why it took place.

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Review: We the Animals: A novel

We the Animals: A novel
We the Animals: A novel by Justin Torres

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A portion of the three stars is for author potential, something I very rarely consider when rating a book. If Torres turns out to be capable of writing an actual story rather than a collection of scenes that may or may not reveal a sad character arc, he will prove to be a gifted writer. Right now, he shows the ability to pull a reader into the heart of his characters, but he doesn't seem to know what to do with them once they are there.

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