Search Results: "Adam J. Epstein"


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THE FAMILIARS by Adam J. Epstein
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Pass. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The calculated invocation of too many tropes makes for a joyless fantasy debut. Read full book review >

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REBELLION by Adam Jay Epstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"All flash and no substance, this sequel fails at raising the pulse or touching the heart. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Zachary Night and his fellow Starbounders return in the second volume in a convoluted series that crosses Star Trek with Harry Potter but neglects key ingredients such as theme, character or apparent purpose. Read full book review >

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STARBOUNDERS by Adam Jay Epstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"A trek few will want to take. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Switching schools means making new friends and remembering a new locker combination, but at Indigo 8, Earth's site for Starbounders-in-training, lessons tend to be a little more otherworldly. Read full book review >

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EXILES by Lawrence J. Epstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2016

"A flavorful Lost Generation-era confection with a promising protagonist."
A haunted American World War I veteran stumbles into a murder mystery among the 1920s Paris literary set in this first installment of a planned series. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Seriously, folks, here's a kindly appraisal of the slapstick, sight gags, and banter—in short, the artistry—of some lively two- and three-acts of yesteryear. (b&w illustrations)"
Entertainment enthusiast Epstein (The Haunted Smile, not reviewed) plays straight man to the comics who didn't work alone. Like the best straight men, he has a ready knowledge of what gets laughs. Read full book review >

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CIRCLE OF HEROES by Adam Jay Epstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"The prose doesn't live up to the nuance it attempts, and narrative thrust is weak; hand this off to readers who crave episodic danger that doesn't feel too dangerous. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Despite obvious new injections of suspense and complexity, this quest-ender is mediocre. Read full book review >

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GIFTS OF TIME by Fred J. Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 1993

"The operating-room scenes are riveting, and the patients' stories utterly absorbing and often heart-rending: a first-rate medical casebook."
A spellbinding account of the miracles that we are coming to expect from increasingly sophisticated hi-tech medicine. Read full book review >

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SECRETS OF THE CROWN by Adam Jay Epstein
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"This dull string of clichés offers nothing to invest in. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
This series' second installment is a spiritless conglomeration of fantasy tropes. Read full book review >

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Alex by Adam J. Nicolai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 21, 2011

"More curious than spooky, but featuring a riveting protagonist haunted by his own guilt."
A tormented father must decide whether he's seeing the ghost of his dead son or visions brought on by psychosis in this thriller. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2008

"A unique attack on the war by an author who comes across as a genuine idealist."
The first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress turns out to be an intelligent observer who hated what he saw and decided to do something about it. Read full book review >

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THE TRIUMPH OF THE WATER WITCH by Ioana Ieronim
Released: Nov. 20, 2000

"An intriguing look at the transformation of the Romanian people, seen through a child's eyes but with a poet's wisdom."
Born at a time when "the century was breaking in half," Ieronim returns to her youth in her seventh collection and narrates, mostly from a child's perspective, the unsettling tale of Communism's rise in her native Romania. Read full book review >