A competent but uninspiring locked room story
a pleasant, undemanding YA historical novel.
A middling decent notion lost in a quaqmire of prose that moves like mud and obscures what it aims to reveal.
Not a great novel, but a very interesting and revealing look at how one thoughtful Briton saw the arrival and development of World War I, and war in general.
The descriptions in the book are colorful and interesting. I wish the characters had been as well.
A dull and self-indulgent big-idea story the author didn't know how to finish.
A dark and effective look at certainty and its costs.
Some things are better left alone.
Interesting, rewarding, and has as many levels as you can hope for.
A book that has passed its freshness date, and can safely pass into history.
Dated and not entirely consistent, but nonetheless interesting.
So much of the color is bothersome that the book was more tiring than fun.