Search Results: "Anthea Bell"


BOOK REVIEW

ARCADIA AWAKENS by Kai Meyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Paranormal romance jumps the weresnake. (Paranormal romance. 14-16)"
When a Romeo and Juliet mobster romance just isn't enough. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGONS OF DARKNESS by Antonia Michaelis
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"The occasional coy authorial asides may jar and the ambiguous conclusion may frustrate, but the themes of courage, sacrifice and identity will hook readers completely and send them scurrying to learn more about the exotic setting. (Fantasy. YA)"
Once upon a time there was a timid German boy whose idolized older brother was kidnapped by Maoist rebels in Nepal. Read full book review >

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DREAMING IN BLACK & WHITE by Reinhardt Jung
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Appended by several brief chapters that give the background to the story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Hannes, a German boy with disabilities, begins having vivid waking dreams after studying "those terrible times back then," as his parents euphemistically refer to the Nazi era. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Unwieldy. (Fantasy. YA)"
This grandiose futuristic fantasy has clever concepts but falls prey to vague metaphysics and muddled prose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KISMET by Jakob Arjouni
by Jakob Arjouni, translated by Anthea Bell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2008

"The plot is full of holes and awkward shifts as Kayankaya hurtles from one nest of vipers to the next. But even apart from the obligatory anti-Turkish episode, the unsavory atmosphere is inimitable."
A routine shakedown leads Frankfurt PI Kemal Kayankaya (One Death to Die, 1997, etc.) to a maze of slimy, violent crooks. Read full book review >

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ON THE NATURAL HISTORY OF DESTRUCTION by W.G. Sebald
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2003

"Somber and moving: a contribution to the literature of WWII from a perspective that will be new to most American readers."
Interconnected essays from the recently deceased German novelist (Austerlitz, 2001, etc.) on his nation's capacity to cause, absorb, and forget suffering. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM by Kerstin Gier
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 14, 2015

"While it's less compelling than her Ruby Red Trilogy, fans should enjoy Gier's latest chilling, unresolved tale of sinister dreams and budding romance. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
A teen who loves secrets finds herself in the dreams of four handsome guys at her posh London school in this first volume of the Silver Trilogy. Read full book review >

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RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier
Released: May 10, 2011

"Bell's deft translation captures an engaging heroine with a cell phone and a sense of humor, an emerging romance and a complex, unresolved time-travel mystery spanning four centuries. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A contemporary English teen discovers she possesses a gene enabling her to travel into the past in this riveting first volume of the Ruby Red trilogy. Read full book review >

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THE SWEETNESS OF LIFE by Françoise Héritier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A reminder of blessings."
A stop-and-smell-the-roses book by a distinguished French anthropologist. Read full book review >

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IN MY BROTHER’S SHADOW by Uwe Timm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2005

"History and private life interfused utterly by a master writer in a way at once authentic, unpretentious, moving, and of extraordinary significance."
Now that he alone of his immediate family is still alive, this remarkable German writer (The Invention of Curried Sausage, 1995, etc.) produces a group memoir that, with piercing intelligence, reawakens—and grieves over—a dreadful history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE TODAY by Maxim Biller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"<\b>A globe-spanning collection that offers a keyhole view of mostly doomed relationships."
A German author makes his U.S. debut with 27 portraits of love dying on the vine. Read full book review >

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THE ROBBER HOTZENPLOTZ by Otfried Preussler
Released: March 26, 1965

"Their elaborate tracking simply snares them in the robber's den, and their involved escape includes outwitting a magician. The team of Kasperl and Seppel is sort of a lumbering counterpart of Laurel and Hardy. When described in full, their outlandish actions generally seem clumsy and foolish and not really terribly humorous. The book is translated from the German and is by the same author of Thomas Scarecrow and The Wise Men of Schilda (1963).</p>"
<p>Hotzenplotz's theft of a musical coffee mill set Kasperl and his straightman friend Seppel in pursuit of the notorious bandit. Read full book review >