Search Results: "Beth A. Cottam"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SALT OF TRANQUILITY by Gerry Sidney Cottam
Released: Nov. 29, 2012

"Rough around the edges but well worth a read."
A miner in hibernation on the moon wakes to discover that the world he knows has changed forever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"There is no hard evidence supporting this hypothesis, of course, but it doesn't matter: This is a purely academic exercise, somewhat akin to arguing over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin."
Much energy is expended here demonstrating that Ronald Reagan's policy toward the Soviets was pro- rather than reactive beginning in 1984. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RHODA'S ROCK HUNT by Molly Beth Griffin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Rock collectors will smile at her cairns and will be better able to leave behind beloved rocks. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Rhoda goes hiking with Auntie June and Uncle Jonah, it's not a little day hike. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS by F.G.  Cottam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"Energetically reviving a neglected genre, Cottam delivers convincing chills alongside engrossing and highly cinematic heroics. Surely the first in a series."
Ghouls slither into southern England, and two men fight the devil for a woman's soul and sanity in this atmospheric gothic debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRE FIGHTER by Francis Cottam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2002

"An exciting and punchy debut thriller with passion to spare; unfortunately, it loses its direction well before the conclusion."
A British ex-firefighter gets a second chance at his old profession during the Blitz in London. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MEMORY OF TREES by F.G.  Cottam
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Cottam (The House of Lost Souls, 2009, etc.) reads like Graham Masterton, with more of an interest in his characters and their relationships but with the same eye toward the supernatural and the same fondness for bringing down the final curtain abruptly."
When a scientist starts reforesting a sacred landscape, spirits take notice and seek justice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABC GULLS by Beth Rand
by Beth Rand, illustrated by Beth Rand
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Kids without a frame of reference will still get a kick out of these goofy gulls. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Take a seaside location, add a colony of gulls and the alphabet, and the result is a clever abecedary specific to Maine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE THING STOLEN by Beth Kephart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Disturbing, sometimes unsettling and ultimately offering a sliver of hope, this effort rivetingly captures the destructive effects of mental and physical illness on a likable, sweet-natured teen. (Fiction. 11-18)"
Something very bad is happening to 17-year-old Nadia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMALL DAMAGES by Beth Kephart
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 19, 2012

"Lovely and unusual—at once epic and intimate. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A young woman is forced into unexpected territory when she is packed off to a vividly imagined, shimmering Spanish countryside in order to conceal an unexpected pregnancy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHELTER by Beth Cooley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Readers will find a moving glimpse into a different kind of life, with the more frightening aspects downplayed. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old Lucy's family has been in a downward economic and emotional spiral since the death of her father several months earlier. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEEWAY COTTAGE by Beth Gutcheon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2005

"There's more going on here than the narrative can comfortably contain, but Gutcheon gets an A for effort and a solid B for achievement."
The wounds inflicted by bad parenting, the complexities of a flawed but enduring marriage, and Denmark's resistance to the Nazis: three compelling themes awkwardly yoked together in this ambitious latest from Gutcheon (More Than You Know, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >