“The Royal Wulff Murders is long, the ending especially protracted and tiresome. There’s no need to wrap up everyone’s life; use your characters for a second book.
“The Iguana Tree is a triumph—an enjoyable and informative story on an important topic. Ms.
“For a reader who derives pleasure from historical accuracy and realistically drawn personalities, Richard Mason’s rich descriptions may seem superficial and anachronistic, much like the em
“This book could easily be labeled crime noir, but it is more of a coming of age story peopled with original and fascinating blood-and-bones characters.
“Lone Wolf is an emotionally impactful story dealing with familial differences, love, redemption, and forgiveness.
“There is something flat about the story despite all the action. We move from scene to scene as if touring a number of set piece tableaux in a museum ride.
“John Kinsella is hard on the people of the Wheat Belt, especially the region’s still-dominant old families. Most of his sketches are gloomy in their content and conclusions.
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“. . . the question, the one that has to do with the collected stories in questions, is: Is What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories worthy of the hoopla?
“Following this couple through their adventures offers readers book after book of entertainment and emotional satisfaction. If Ms.
”Bleed for Me is not only an unnerving, fast-paced psychological thriller, but also an extremely intelligent read by a writer in his prime.”
“The lyrical text and colorful illustrations of Emily and Carlo will capture the hearts of young picture book readers.”
“If you like writing that is so spare it glows of compressed energy and stories that often turn out to be combustible then your next visit to the bookstore should be for a Guilt tr
“Children ages seven and up will love this new title in Mr. Stilton’s comic book/graphic novel series.
“. . . despite a few slight disappointments, Third Grave Dead Ahead is still incredibly enjoyable and as entertaining as always. Charley is still on top of her game.
“As in Zeroville, Mr. Erickson’s previous novel, These Dreams of You is told in short kinetic bursts, some no longer than a paragraph, and moves at a propulsive pace.
“In the end the real question is: What would happen if we were to throw away caution and good sense and choose instead to enjoy a moment—albeit a delectable one—in time?
“In addition to a cast of well developed yet mentally unstable characters that enhance a fantastically horrifying plot, Blackbirds possesses a natural progression that doesn’t rely on conve
“Bruce Sterling has managed to pen a delivery vessel for a futuristic, anarchistic, dystopian idea of human potential.
The trick of the young adult novel is one of illusion.
“. . . that the author takes this niche subject and makes from it a tale with universal appeal is proof that Lysley Tenorio is a major new literary talent. . . .
“Ms. Ivey’s debut novel is a triumph—a splendid retelling of a familiar tale that glows with the intensity of the northern lights and generates its own magic.
“To Ms. Spencer-Fleming’s credit, she doesn’t have an easy answer to give—no one gets an easy out.