Search Results: "Anthea Bell"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LUDWIG CONSPIRACY by Oliver Pötzsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Fans of bookish European fiction will enjoy this, the too abundant Dan Brown-ian motions notwithstanding."
Who was that Cowled Man? Austrian novelist Pötzsch serves up an ambitious though familiar tale of Mad King Ludwig. Read full book review >

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ARCADIA FALLS by Kai Meyer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Snappy dialogue and well-paced excitement bring this adventure to its ambiguous but nevertheless satisfying conclusion. (Paranormal romance. 15 & up)"
The Arcadia trilogy concludes with magic, shootouts, family betrayals and a cruise ship full of monsters: everything that's necessary for a romance about Cosa Nostra shape shifters. Read full book review >

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ARCADIA BURNS by Kai Meyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Mafiosa Rosa is rarely likable, but this tough survivor takes control of her own life, determined not to be controlled, assaulted, lied to or—quite literally—devoured. (Paranormal romance. 14-16)"
A shape-shifting Mafia capo insists on romance amid dark family mysteries. Read full book review >

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SAPPHIRE BLUE by Kerstin Gier
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Hopefully, all will be revealed in the Emerald Green finale.(Fantasy. 12 & up)"
In this second volume of the Ruby Red Trilogy, 16-year-old Gwen continues her time-traveling adventures as the newest member of the Circle of Twelve. Read full book review >

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CAMPO SANTO by W.G. Sebald
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 8, 2005

"Sebald's body of work proves that claim true, and it's good to have these further products of his life-affirming imagination and spirit."
A miscellany of 16 literary and personal essays comprise the last testament of the late German-born author (1944-2001). Read full book review >

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THE DARK SIDE OF LOVE by Rafik Schami
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2009

"A rewarding and beautifully written, if blood-soaked, tale."
Romeo and Juliet meets Arturo Pérez-Reverte and John le Carré in the dusty streets of Damascus in this novel from Syrian-born Schami, a bestselling author in his adopted homeland of Germany. Read full book review >

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MY WISH LIST by Grégoire Delacourt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A best-seller in its original language, this dastardly little novel focuses on love, desire and what we stand to lose when we win."
Money can't buy happiness for an introspective housewife who wins the lottery. Read full book review >

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IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT by Eugen Ruge
Released: June 11, 2013

"Ruge takes full advantage of the varying viewpoints to display, impressively, the density of family life, but a thematic cohesion is lacking."
A multifaceted look at four generations of an East German family with roots in the Communist Party; this debut was a commercial and literary success in the German author's homeland. Read full book review >

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AUSTERLITZ by W.G. Sebald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Superbly translated, hypnotically written, a volume that requires and rewards slow, careful reading."
Another haunting mixture of history, memoir, and photo album from the author of The Rings of Saturn (1998) and Vertigo (2000). 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 >

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THE CALLIGRAPHER'S SECRET by Rafik Schami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"An engaging, rich, deceptively revelatory if lengthy insight into Syrian society."
Affectionate, insightful, tangential tales of life in 1950s Damascus enfold the central story of a mismatched marriage and a runaway wife. Read full book review >

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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 >