The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis

The Queen's Gambit

Walter Tevis

fiction literary emotional inspiring tense medium-paced

256 pages | first published 1983

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Engaging and fast-paced, this gripping coming-of-age novel of chess, feminism, and addiction speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four. Now an acclaimed Netflix series. Eight year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, a...
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Moods

tense 51%
inspiring 48%
emotional 43%
dark 35%
reflective 35%
challenging 24%
adventurous 19%
hopeful 19%
informative 17%
sad 15%
mysterious 6%
funny 4%
relaxing 4%
lighthearted 3%

Pace

medium 52%
fast 33%
slow 13%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 58% | A mix: 33% | Plot: 7%

Strong character development?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 54% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 50% | Yes: 27% | It's complicated: 18% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 3% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.08