Search Results: "Alexander O. Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

A MIDSUMMER'S EQUATION by Keigo Higashino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Less playful and more labored than its predecessors but just as ingenious in working one twist after another in a case that seems absolutely twist-proof."
The third case for Tokyo homicide detective Shunpei Kusanagi and professor Manabu Yukawa, who teaches physics at Imperial University, takes them far away from Tokyo—and far back from the present day as well. Read full book review >

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SALVATION OF A SAINT by Keigo Higashino
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A retro puzzler that recalls Anthony Berkeley's classic The Poisoned Chocolates Case in its structure: a hyperextended short story whose complications keep unfolding and proliferating till it's grown to novel length."
A Tokyo CEO's determination to run his marriage as a business is ended by a dose of arsenous acid. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X by Keigo Higashino
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"This character-driven mystery by the prolific Higashino (Malice, 2009, etc.), one of only a few translated into English, has much to recommend it, including a droll Columbo-like sleuth and a great surprise ending."
A veteran police detective matches wits with a brilliant rookie criminal. Read full book review >

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THE DESCENT INTO HELL IS EASY
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Hellraisers (The Devil's Engine Book 1) by Alexander Gordon Smith

Cover Story: Mistaken Identity 
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale:
 -2
Talky Talk: Immersive
Bonus Factors:
 Noir, Deal with the Devil, X-Men
Relationship Status: Successful First Date

 

Cover Story: Mistaken Identity

This cover actually makes a lot more sense in context (the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Chronology; glossary; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. YA+)"
A handsome, large-sized volume, attractively illustrated with photos, Wright's own drawings, and decorative designs based on his works, but one whose audience is a bit problematic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 1991

"A secondary purchase for children's use; a treasure trove for all those who value folk literature presented with respect and scrupulous care. (Folklore. 12+)"
One of two collections initiating the ``International Folk Tale'' series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH SENTENCE by Alexander Gordon Smith
HORROR AND GHOST STORIES
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"One thing's for sure: There's still plenty of action still to come out of Furnace. (Thriller. 12 & up)"
Alex Sawyer has just received his third strike, attempting to escape from the underground penitentiary known as Furnace (Solitary: Escape from Furnace 2, 2010), and is about to learn the secret origins of the prison staff. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Dec. 21, 2010

"While the revelations and ending are not surprising, the author knows what keeps his readers locked to the page and delivers it soundly. (Thriller. YA)"
After being swept away in an underground river moments after escaping from Furnace Penitentiary, Alex is quickly recaptured by the cruel blacksuit guards and placed in an isolation cell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELLFIGHTERS by Alexander Gordon Smith
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Nevertheless, this brings the same fear, fire, and comic relief as its predecessor, and readers will be happy enough with this sequel to the first Faustian tale to look forward to the next one. (Horror. 14 & up)"
The Hellraisers have been betrayed, and all hell is threatening to break loose, quite literally. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

44 SCOTLAND STREET by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2005

"And who else would trouble to inform us that 'The Emperor Justinian, . . . believed that homosexuality caused earthquakes'? Sheer readerly bliss."
The lives, loves and (numerous) eccentricities of the residents of an Edinburgh boardinghouse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE CUBE by David Alexander Smith
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Hard-working, inventive, and colorful, but also uncontrolled- -with far too many different aliens, improbable sleuthing, and a general air of futuristic soap opera."
Science-fiction detective yarn set in a medium-future Boston literally crawling with weird aliens: Smith's hardcover debut. Read full book review >