Fiction

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The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library shows young readers that books can be entertaining and educational at the same time.

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Can we strip a gilded statue or blow away incense?

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The only problem I ever have with Peter David’s unique and original Star Trek paperback series is that they appear too infrequently.

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The Mystery of Journey’s Crowne is an amazing adventure drawing game that is unique and different.

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In the current rush and abundance of vampire novels involving teenage protagonists and their dark and brooding love for the perfect immortal undead, it’s getting harder and harder to come up with s

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Many holiday romance novels are simply set in December. Not so with Lisa Plumley’s Holiday Affair, which is undeniably a Christmas story.

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Catherine Coulter’s latest novel has almost everything an historical romance fan could want: A compelling hero and heroine, historical descriptions that make you feel like you traveled back in time

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The odious Ogre of the title is reminiscent of the one in William Steig’s original picture book, Shrek—but with his inherent ogre-ness on steroids.

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Believability is key in historical fiction, especially when your main character is a female assassin.

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William Gibson used to write science fiction.

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“The essential American soul is hard, stoic, isolate, and a killer.”
—D. H. Lawrence

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Chris Holbrook has taken a long stretch of 14 years between his acclaimed Hell and Ohio collection and this new Upheaval: Stories.

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TimeRiders, Alex Scarrow’s science fiction novel for young adults, proves him a worthy twenty-first century successor to H. G. Wells

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This is a world where calories are more precious than gold—where crops are engineered sterile by the titans of the industry, and the side effects of their genetic mistakes afflict the world at larg

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“I slouched against a rusted girder Nelson Algren would have been proud of, about a block from the corner of Lake and Wabash.”

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In The Sandwich Swap’s author’s note, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah describes an experience she had in nursery school.

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 Blackwyrm Publications, February 2009 Can a world created in a work of fiction actually exist? That’s the premise of Ian Harac’s The Rainbow Connection.

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Fifteen-year old Lena loves the sea. More than anything, she wants to learn to surf, but her dad, who hasn’t gone into the water for many years, prohibits it.

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If you pick up this book thinking it has anything to do with an animal, you are partially correct.  The Lion is definitely a story about an animal, but not one that lives in the jungle.  R

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Writers for young people are often encouraged to pen their novels at a level no higher than high school and then jettison directly to adult books if desired.

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 The Sex Pistols are screaming in the ears of this reviewer’s headset (with the volume on full blast) as he sits in a geodesic dome made by Buckminster Fuller.

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In the historical novel, The Fort, Bernard Cornwall brings the reader another tale of the American Revolution.

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Reading the work of a truly talented author is a well-savored delight for a book lover. When it comes to the art of writing, C. W. Gortner’s name can be added to the list of master craftsmen.

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Knopf, March 2006

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