Books by Alex Williams

Released: June 1, 2010

The author of The Deep Freeze of Bartholomew Tullock (2008) again wastes a promising premise on a tale shot through with weak logic, wooden dialogue and inconsistent characterizations. Having recruited a creature who can extract and absorb the special qualities of others, villainous mediocrity Fortescue has set out to rob all the human prodigies of the world—somehow persuading his monster to hand over the talents (which resemble Easter eggs when drawn from their owners' heads) rather than consume them itself. This nefarious scheme is dealt a severe setback when the creature deprives sulky teenager Cressida Bloom of her extraordinary singing voice, and Cressida's astonishingly thick-skinned, supposedly no-talent little brother Adam sets out to get it back. Along the way Adam collects two of Fortescue's adult victims, whose budding romance provides a welcome distraction from the lumbering plot and meant-to-be-funny-but-not lines like, "You make me feel strangely uneasy, as if I've just eaten a moldy sandwich and I'm waiting for the ill effects to kick in." With massive reworking, the film version, purportedly in the early stages of development, might be salvageable. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

The Breeze family has inventiveness in the genes and it's always been directed toward making unique fans, a hot market in the Pinrut climate, where snow is unknown. Nothing is so certain as change, though, and years later, Philip has married Elizabeth, and their two children, Madeline and Rufus, are well on their way to becoming fabulous fan-makers—but the market is nonexistent, as Pinrut has seen nothing but snow for years, a phenomenon engineered by the evil Bartholomew Tullock. He has achieved all his megalomaniac desires, except for bending the Breezes to his will and marrying Elizabeth himself. Meanwhile sleazy salesman Sebastian Silver gets run out of another town and heads for Pinrut, where he combines forces with the Breezes in a quest for fan sales, resulting in greater events than any one of them could have anticipated. This melodramatic fantasy combines over-the-top adventures with the unrelenting cold, which provides more bone-chilling suspense than any real concern that the brave heroes will be unable to invent their way out of each predicament. A can-you-top-this page-turner. (Fantasy. 8-12) Read full book review >