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BOOK REVIEW

NEW AMERICAN STORIES by Ben Marcus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"For students of the short story form, a handy gathering, though it's in need of more interpretation."
Middling collection of new stories, some by very old hands. Read full book review >

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THE AGE OF WIRE AND STRING by Ben Marcus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 1995

"A rare, genius-struck achievement intended to warn readers into looking at the truth anew; not easy, but filled always with great beauties, high themes, enormous sorrows."
It's possible these shouldn't be called ``stories''maybe thought-fictionsbut perhaps it doesn't matter: Marcus's debut volume has a grace, complexity, and literary ambition that put it at the highest rank. Read full book review >

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 THE FLAME ALPHABET by Ben Marcus
Released: Jan. 20, 2012

"Marcus has imagination to spare, but the religious Jewish theme is not a comfortable fit with a raging epidemic, and the suspense ebbs away."
Beware of children—their language will kill you. That's the premise of this offbeat disaster novel from Marcus (Notable American Women, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN by Ben Marcus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2002

"Dazzling, genius-driven—and, alas, often tedious."
Marcus follows up his extraordinary The Age of Wire and String (1995) with something of a disappointment. The verbal wizardry is still there, but the content has grown coquettish and slightened, no longer an engine sufficient to drive the whole. Read full book review >

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LEAVING THE SEA by Ben Marcus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2014

"Thoughtful, sometimes-exasperating, boundary-pushing fiction."
Fifteen tales of modern anxiety that display Marcus' range, from angry realism to mind-bending allegory. Read full book review >

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AVA'S POPPY by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Bury this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This trite and simplistic tale of friendship and the life cycle offers little that is new. Read full book review >

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GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE RAINBOW FISH by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A formulaic, fishy nighttime read sure to please fans. (Picture book. 2-4)"
For his 20th anniversary, Rainbow Fish gets a bedtime story. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDLY MONSTERS by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Stick with Sesame Street's more lovable critters. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
In a pop-up album that provides a strong argument for attaching parental-advisory labels, happy monsters rear up over a hill, spring from closet and cellar and burst out from under the bed to assure a pair of timorous, pajama-clad children that they're not really scary. Read full book review >

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JAMES PARKS AND BEN COSTA
by Alex Heimbach

“A skeleton and a slime walk into a bar…” That may sound like the wind up to a very nerdy joke, but it’s actually the set up for a scene in James Parks and Ben Costa’s new YA graphic novel, Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli, which, to be fair, is full of very nerdy — ...


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THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN by Marcus Sedgwick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Haunting. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Similar to Sedgwick's Printz Award-winning Midwinterblood (2013), four stories relate in elusive ways. Read full book review >

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SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 22, 2014

"It's no coincidence that Sedgwick has crafted yet another gripping tale of wonder. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
A thriller that challenges readers' understanding of the universe. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Haunting, sophisticated and ultimately exquisite. (author's note) (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The Time Traveler's Wife meets Lost in this chilling exploration of love and memory. Read full book review >