Search Results: "Alette J. Willis"


BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO MAKE A GOLEM AND TERRIFY PEOPLE by Alette J. Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2012

"Some exciting moments but the character development seems forced, the monster not all that terrifying, and the 'conquering fear' theme works better on a metaphorical level than an actual one. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Two classmates and an ancient alchemist help a meek Edinburgh teen get a handle on her fears. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUNK TO GOLD by Willis Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2014

"A memoir full of entrepreneurial spirit that may be inspirational to readers trying to make it in business on their own."
A fast-acting entrepreneur with a positive attitude, good gut instincts and endless energy relates how he made money on junked autos in thisdebut memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GESTATION SEVEN by J. Stewart Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2017

"A mild, cautionary tale about science ethics that sidesteps expected pulp-action clichés."
Young government scientist David Neale finds his life crumbling in a media firestorm after an unauthorized, after-hours experiment in human reproduction goes awry. Read full book review >

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DEBORAH WILLIS
by Megan Labrise

Don’t be afraid of The Dark and Other Love Stories but be warned: Deborah Willis’s delectable fictions aren’t amorous confections.

“I think that title is a bit misleading—actually, I know it is,” says Willis, by phone from home in Calgary. “A lot of people, when I tell them the title say, That sounds so lovely! I can’t wait!” ...


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BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF THE STORM by Patricia Willis
ANIMALS
Released: March 27, 1995

"Willis plots a predictable but sturdy story, with a slightly antique flavor and a cast whose good hearts are frequently disguised beneath crusty or careless exteriors. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A bright future goes dim when Mandy's father is killed in WWII, and a returning veteran takes her mother's job. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER SIDE 
OF SILENCE by James Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2007

"As the book draws to a close, Billy has finally attained a fullness of character that he had previously lacked-a wisdom only achieved through suffering and loss. An erudite, coming-of-age war novel."
An eager young soldier learns lasting life lessons during the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Meaty tales for the law-abiding, armchair adventurer."
Previously published essays on the NYPD explore the last 150 years of crime-fighting in a tough town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"In this sturdy collection, men and women removed from society face nature at its most primordial."
An eclectic, at times gripping anthology of adventure writing, featuring mostly Americans and Western Europeans in search of danger and excitement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BELLWETHER by Connie Willis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1996

"Willis's intriguing notion comes across with the authority of a genuine insight—and probably merits a more dramatic and thoroughgoing workout than the agreeable but bland treatment it receives here."
Here-and-now speculative yarn involving chaos theory and statistical prediction, from the author of the fine Doomsday Book (1992), etc. Employed by the HiTek company, Sandra Foster is trying to develop a theory that can predict how and why fads and trends begin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A startling, revealing look at photographic representation and its effect on African-American identity and consciousness."
A provocative exploration of how African-Americans have, and more often have not, participated in the creation of their image through photographs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Great Point Clear by Robert Willis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 26, 2014

"A mystery with 3-D historical details and multilayered characters."
In the latest from Willis (Crossing Clayborn, 2013), a big-city reporter returns to his small-town Alabama roots to deal with an old murder and the memory of his lost love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CROSSTALK by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"In other hands this novel could have been mere cliché, but Willis' exuberant humor and warmhearted, fast-paced plotting transform it into a satisfying, if old-fashioned, romantic comedy."
Think smartphones and social media are threatening privacy? Imagine if you could hear everyone's thoughts—and they could hear yours. Read full book review >