I was assigned The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 for reading, and upon finishing, I became no better or worse than I was before. It is neither bad or good. Or, it can be simply described as "above mediocre." This is a good novel with good lessons and such, but it's not something I would pick up and read.
The characters are all lovable and changing; The characters are all believable and nicely described. It could be the most shining point of the book. Our characters go to Birmingham at a time where civil inequality was at its high point, right during the unfortunate Birmingham 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, where one of the characters, one of the most charismatic, is affected. This only unfolds in the last four chapters; The entirety of the book is just Watson misadventures, especially the brother Byron, dubbed a "child delinquent" and the younger brother, Kenny, from whom the perspective of the book comes from, who is dubbed, "Pointdexter." The beginning does a good job connecting our characters to the reader, and giving them life so they don't become cliches in the near future, where a potentially bad made-for-TV movie could lie...
You'll enjoy the humor in the book, especially during the early chapters. Running jokes, moments to laugh, and it gets packed in a nice ending.
The book is not perfect as we take too long to get to Birmingham which is the title of the book. The pace is slow, and we should've spent more time on Birmingham, since we blow right through it. It's either slow or fast, in that order.
Read it if you're out of things to read. Otherwise, it can be passable.
Though it manages to reach a matter of suspense, it still fails to deliver any organizational plot; It just makes you want to wait for the ending and the webcomic, which is drawn quite well. Otherwise, it's dull and boring, and it drones on and on.
Undertow is very slow in the way it builds up its situation, to the point where it is exhausting. There are virtually pointless moments in the book, and there's nothing significantly interesting except it's ending which goes on and on. It's long and moves like a snail, so why try?
Harry Potter is one of the most over-blown, over-exaggerated and over-hyped stories I've ever read. The plot is great, the characters are likeable, and the world is marvelous; But does it deserve all this hype? Harry Potter is not the best book, because if it were, I would've read it long ago.
The Lord of the Rings is virtually the most advanced and complex high-fantasy story; It is incredible and absolutely magnificent. If you manage to go past the series's 1000-ish pages, then you'll be rewarded with one of the best-made stories. If you've got the guts and the time, then read it.