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 >

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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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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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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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FOODCHAIN by Jeff Jacobson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 17, 2010

"Jacobson trenchantly denounces the substandard treatment of animals and the questionable practice of paying to hunt captive animals in a debut packed with relentless scenes of death and torture. Sensitive readers beware."
A one-time veterinarian descends into a maelstrom of violence and grim ethical dilemmas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2012

"A good start on a rich subject."
A solid, readable academic inquiry into accordion technology and culture, showing how the instrument has adapted to changing times and trends. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"This poignant and provocative book goes beyond its historical setting to get to the heart of why people do or don't identify with ethnic, national, or religious groups."
A dramatic exploration of varying degrees of Jewish identity espoused, concealed, or denied by 15 Holocaust survivors during and after the war. Read full book review >

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FALSE ACCUSATIONS by Alan Jacobson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 2, 1999

"Good questions, but the characters, meanwhile, are stick figures and the plotting's unconvincing—including the final twist, which in its awkwardness is more irritating than breathtaking. (Author tour)"
A debut suspenser that takes something from Patricia Cornwell, something from John Grisham, and manages a bland blend of both. Read full book review >

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THE PROTOCOLS OF AMBIGUITY by B.B. Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2014

"A skillfully written novel, undermined by fundamentalist propaganda."
In Jacobson's debut novel, a precocious boy from a broken family feels God's influence on his life. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2012

"Rich and flavorful—best ingested in small amounts so the savory pleasures linger."
The 2010 winner of the Man Booker Prize serves up selections from his columns at the Independent. Read full book review >

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KALOOKI NIGHTS by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2007

"Jacobson's account of a life of 'jokes, Jews, bitterness, and whys' is clever, celebratory, condemnatory, excessive, overwhelming and unique."
A scorching disquisition on (British) Jewish identity, spun from an unspeakable criminal act. Read full book review >