Search Results: "Andrew Jacobson"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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A BOY, A BIRD, A BOMB, A BOAT
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Could Be Better
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale:
 0
Talky Talk: Carry These Stories
Bonus Factors:
 Culture Shock, Summer Camp, Weird Science
Relationship Status: Taking the Leap

 

Cover Story: Could Be Better

This cover isn't bad, but I've just been spoiled ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE HUNTED by Alan Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"Jacobson rounds up the usual stick figures for yet another soapy suspenser."
In this wearisome thriller by the author of False Accusations (1999), the pivotal plot device is (brace yourself) amnesia. Read full book review >

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WHO'S SORRY NOW? by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2013

"Jacobson is often likened to Philip Roth, but there's plenty of Isaac Bashevis Singer in his somewhat weary understanding of the human condition. Fans won't be disappointed."
Another middle-age-angst-meets-sex-romp comedy from Jacobson (Man Booker Prize winner The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), that great chronicler of modern rakery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"A well-executed, original reflection on how social evil tends to endure, puzzle and resist efforts at redemption."
A provocative exploration of one of the "Nazi ‘human skin atrocities' "—a lampshade supposedly made of human skin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ACT OF LOVE by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"A robust novel—preposterous, disturbing and dazzlingly written."
A novel of sexual obsession and a little bit of guilt (but not much), from the London-based author of Kalooki Nights (2007), long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Read full book review >

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ZOO TIME by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Guy's not a lucky guy, to be sure, but if there's justice, Jacobson will enjoy best-sellerdom in his place with this latest romp."
Bad-boy funnyman Jacobson waxes pensive and topical—but no less mirthful—in his latest assault on the foibles of modern life. Read full book review >