Turn of the Screw is written in incredibly dense prose, with clause upon clause, often getting one lost in the midst of a sentence. This baroque style can at first be annoying until you realize that its intent and its result is to illustrate and pull you into the inner world of the narrator, a woman who, no matter your interpretation of events, is certainly mentally unstable. The question that lies at the heart of this book is what actually is occurring and the book's success lies in its refusal to answer that question. James is at his best in using language to simultaneously illustrate and obfuscate. If you didn't make it to this one as part of high school or college lit courses, it is definitely worth picking up to see a master at work.
I liked this book so much after finishing it, I read it again the next day. This is just the kind of graphic novel I like: a small story about people trying to figure out who they are and what their place is in the world. Hicks avoids cliches in her characters, making her most-pierced character her most lovably bouncy and giving us people who don't all look like they came out of a Disney movie. This is a great book for anyone who liked Raina Telgemeier's Smile and Drama.
This is a big, beautiful book that doesn't short on information or on images. It has wonderful full-page images from some of the masters of the Bauhaus School. An excellent in-depth book for anyone looking to learn more about the important artists of the Weimar Republic or for excellently printed images to learn more just by looking!
This book follows some siblings on their attempt to find an ancient treasure with a map they found hidden in their vacation house in Cornwall, England. With the help of their mysterious Great-Uncle Merry, they set out to solve the map's riddles and evade those who want the treasure for evil purposes.
Very well-written and full of interesting puzzles, this book will keep you entertained and thinking along with the kids. Beautiful descriptions of the setting and the details of the time period also make for great reading about mid-century Great Britain.
The start of The Dark Is Rising sequence.
Alex Ross has written a book that deals with the last century of music from many different angles: political, social, personal. If you know very little about modern classical music, this text introduces you to the important composers and pieces as well as why they are considered so highly in a way that is enjoyable to read and makes you want to hear the pieces as he discusses them. The approach to the music is very complex but never looses sight of the works themselves and how it feels to listen to them. The author also has provided samples
of many of the pieces he discusses for free on his The Rest is Noise blog. Be careful, this book takes a long time to read as you will keep getting up to listen to new pieces and getting lost in music you never knew you would love.