Search Results: "Ben H. Winters"


BOOK REVIEW

COUNTDOWN CITY by Ben H. Winters
Released: July 16, 2013

"Some of the melancholy charm of the first in this series (The Last Policeman, 2012) is dissipated, for Hank solves a less inventive mystery set against, rather than fully integrated into, a hopeless backdrop."
As the world's inevitable demise draws near, a former cop refuses to shirk what he takes to be his moral responsibilities. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LIFE OF MS. FINKLEMAN by Ben H. Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Readers will rock with laughter. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A seventh-grade history project to "find a mystery, and solve it" transforms a creative preteen and her classmates when she unlocks the secret life of their Music Fundamentals teacher, Ms. Finkleman, who's "so totally unremarkable as to be essentially invisible." Read full book review >

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UNDERGROUND AIRLINES by Ben H. Winters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Smart and well paced. The story could use a little fine-tuning, but it moves deftly from a terrific premise and builds to a satisfying conclusion."
Imagine: there was no Civil War, and the Confederacy has morphed into a low-tech Matrix. That's the territory that Winters (The Last Policeman, 2012, etc.) explores in this memorable tale. Read full book review >

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THE LAST POLICEMAN by Ben H. Winters
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 10, 2012

"A promising kickoff to a planned trilogy. For Winters (Bedbugs, 2011, etc.), the beauty is in the details rather than the plot's grim main thrust."
In a pre-apocalyptic world, one detective still keeps watch—but to what end? Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING EVERYTHING by Ben H. Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Fans will cheer more mystery and mayhem at Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Now an eighth grader, aspiring detective Bethesda Fielding reprises her semi-successful sleuthing in The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (2010) to tackle Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School's latest mystery. Read full book review >

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WORLD OF TROUBLE by Ben H. Winters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"This final installment in Winters' trilogy (Countdown City, 2013, etc.) is the weakest, marked by a falling off of both the writing and the story that made the first entry worthwhile. Perhaps the world lasted 14 days too long."
The end of the world won't stop the last policeman from solving one more case. Read full book review >

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H by Elizabeth Shepard
Released: April 1, 1995

"The impulse to utilize an innovative form is admirable, but the results are unfortunately shoddy."
This slim fictional collection of letters from, to, and about a disturbed 12-year-old boy reads more like a writing-class assignment than a debut novel. Read full book review >

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Released: July 8, 1992

"Stick to the high ground of the original instead."
Sequelmania strikes again as Haire-Sargeant presumes upon Emily Brontâ's stark, strange masterpiece, delivering a story that achieves a slight success as a literary pastiche but never becomes a satisfying work of fiction in its own right. Read full book review >

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LITERALLY DISTURBED by Ben H. Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"That said, the quality of the poetry is quite worthy of sharing around a campfire or at a slumber party; in the classroom, use it to demonstrate the wide range of forms creative verse can take. (Poetry. 7-12)"
Novelist Winters (The Mystery of the Missing Everything, 2011) applies his pen to create 30 rhyming, slightly shivery poems. Read full book review >

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WARS AND WINTERS by Alfred Coppel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1993

"If only it weren't quite so predictable."
A Nazi dagger in the mail lures a middle-aged Californian back to Germany, where he was adopted and where his recurring nightmares seem to be set—in a chilly post-reunion thriller by the author of A Land of Mirrors (1988), etc. The dagger in question, a particularly rare bit of SS regalia, has been seen before. Read full book review >

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LOVE, H by Hettie Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"A fertile trove that needs a stronger framework."
Letters revealing the enduring friendship of two "beat chicks." 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 >