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The Queen's Gambit, by Walter Tevis

emdcairou's review against another edition

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dark emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

amani_nait's review against another edition

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challenging inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

hanreadss's review against another edition

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informative inspiring reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

1.0

ritamarika's review against another edition

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4.0

really liked the story overall, but I don't know anything about chess so it was hard to visualize the chess moves to know what was even going on

sarabook's review against another edition

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challenging informative inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

nnana_larhy's review against another edition

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5.0

My stomach is in knots and I have a winner's rush! I'm really glad I read the book first.

Amazing, A

isabelvillxgas's review against another edition

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challenging emotional tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

chiann's review against another edition

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dark emotional hopeful informative inspiring reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

karis_dl's review against another edition

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1.0

This novel had a lot of potential that I feel was never quite fulfilled. Not only did I find the plot to be very predictable, but the story was so focused on chess and describing game plays, that every other sub-plot and theme was underdeveloped. Whether it be the feminist narrative, the theme of addiction, or even her strained and inconsistent relationship with family + friends. All of these topics were raised and then never addressed or unpacked. Furthermore, I found this text to have racist undertones not only in the lack of BIPOC characters but in their tokenized and stereotypical representations.

marijaskoog's review against another edition

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5.0

I found this book to be absolutely stunning from cover to cover. What is most impressive to me is how Tevis was able to fully develop a well rounded story and characters in less than 300 pages. In recent years I have found that many authors write tomes of novels that say very little and leave a lot to be desired. However, upon finishing the 244 page kindle version of the Queen's Gambit I found my time with Beth Harmon and in her world of 64 squares was perfect and complete.