Search Results: "Ben Fountain"


BOOK REVIEW

FOUNTAIN by John Medler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2014

"An action-packed, easy-to-read and timely novel that might make readers wash their hands a bit more often."
Bioterrorism and ancient Mayan folklore come together in this lengthy but entertaining second thriller from Medler (Quatrain, 2011). Read full book review >

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BRIEF ENCOUNTERS WITH CHE GUEVARA by Ben Fountain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"An impeccable debut collection; if Fountain can keep it up, he's an heir to Paul Theroux."
Eight powerful stories, most of them set in the world's grimmest corners. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"War is hell in this novel of inspired absurdity."
Hailed as heroes on a stateside tour before returning to Iraq, Bravo Squad discovers just what it has been fighting for. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FOUNTAIN by Emily Grayson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Ho-hum."
Another lugubrious romance from Grayson, her third (The Observatory, 2000, etc.), set, once again, in Longwood Falls, New York. Read full book review >

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BEN-GURION by Anita Shapira
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A brief but full-color biography of an essential leader."
In her valuable new biography, Shapira (Emerita, Humanities/Tel Aviv Univ.; Israel: A History, 2012) provides a concise appraisal of a founding father of the nation that was once only the dream of generations.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACKWATER BEN by William Durbin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2003

"Careful research does not automatically equal a great story, and an afterword about logging in the United States still doesn't help this make the cut. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In the winter of 1898, Ben joins his father at a northern Minnesota logging camp. Read full book review >

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MARGUERITE'S FOUNTAIN by Rachel Elliot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2016

"A classic, traditional tale of heroine, villain, and hero—perhaps too traditional. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this British picture-book melodrama, a dancing mouse named Marguerite is bullied by the rat Randolph and eventually rescued by the shy but heroic mouse Benjamin. Read full book review >

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THE MERCURY FOUNTAIN by Eliza Factor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2012

"Factor develops her characters in entertaining ways while building a novel of social realism."
In the early years of the 20th century, Owen Scraperton tries to establish a Utopian community around a Mercury mine in the hardscrabble landscape of southwest Texas, but his efforts, not surprisingly, wind up in failure. Read full book review >

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POOP FOUNTAIN! by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"He takes up too much space filling in backstory, but the trio's 'adventure' is credibly worked out, engagingly related and, unsurprisingly, likely to be greeted with howls of laughter by second-graders of all ages. (Fiction. 7-10)"
"Yeah, it's kind of second-grade, I know, but once the word poop has been said fifty times, the fifty-first time is twice as funny. Try it." Read full book review >

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FOUNTAIN SOCIETY by Wes Craven
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"You probably won't be missing much if you wait for the movie."
A nifty premise and several imaginative unforeseen developments are the chief pleasures of this otherwise fairly generic biomedical thriller, the first novel from horror-film director Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, etc.). Read full book review >

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BEN & ZIP by Joanne Linden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"This boardwalk frolic proves even small fries can solve big mysteries. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beachside lost-and-found adventure, told from a kid's point of view. Read full book review >