Search Results: "Brendan Riley"


BOOK REVIEW

CATERVA by Juan Filloy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Filloy, as translator Riley notes, is scarcely known in Latin America, much less the English-speaking world. This beguiling yarn merits him many new readers."
Obscure in its native Argentina, a grand modernist novel finds new life in a vigorous translation. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT LATIN AMERICAN NOVEL by Carlos Fuentes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 12, 2016

"A valedictory work full of erudition and heart."
The late, great Mexican novelist and critic (1928-2012) offers a personal history of the fiction he admired. Read full book review >

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RECOUNTING by Luis Goytisolo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2017

"The story is long but engaging as the novel morphs into a memorial to a humanist civilization under siege, its icons not just Joyce, but also other modernists such as Proust and Hermann Broch. It holds up just fine in such company."
Sprawling bildungsroman—itself the first installment of a much larger tetralogy—of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath in Catalonia by Barcelona-born novelist Goytisolo. Read full book review >

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KING FLASHYPANTS AND THE EVIL EMPEROR by Andy Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"An agreeably fizzy series opener. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Evil Emperor Nurbison has his eye on the peaceful, neighboring kingdom of Edwinland. Read full book review >

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HITTING A HIGH NOTE
by Leila Roy

“But,” she went on, “remember. It’s the greatest strength to know your weaknesses. It just means you have a question to answer: How hard will you work to get what you want? And that’s the heart of it: from your career, from your time here, from everything, really—what do you want?”
I stayed quiet.
The world, I thought ...

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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 1996

"The result is essential for aficionados and basic homework for any critic."
An extended interview with the author of Interview with the Vampire (1976), etc., conducted by an old friend who wishes to display ``how much fun she is to talk to, how interesting and thoughtful, how candid, how honest and even brave.'' Though autobiography is touched on—Rice's Catholic girlhood, her rebellious early marriage to an atheistic poet, her daughter's death from leukemia, the disaffected return from San Francisco to funky New Orleans, her kind of town—the emphasis of these near- monologues is on Rice's fluctuating inner state and her emotional involvement with her work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMITY & SORROW by Peggy Riley
Released: April 16, 2013

"Simple in style but complex in tone, this book raises troubling questions about the power of doomladen cults, and their leaders and followers."
The eponymous title refers to the daughters of Amaranth, the first wife (out of 50) of Zachariah, Messianic leader of a Doomsday cult. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHADOW SISTER by Lucinda Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Another pleasant jaunt down a genealogical rabbit hole."
Third in Riley's Seven Sisters series (The Storm Sister, 2016, etc.) about adopted daughters in search of their ancestry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOUSE MESS by Linnea Riley
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A tasty frolic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When a mouse ventures out for a nighttime snack, he turns the kitchen into a midnight mess. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THEY ALL SAW A CAT by Brendan Wenzel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A solo debut for Wenzel showcasing both technical chops and a philosophical bent. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Wouldn't the same housecat look very different to a dog and a mouse, a bee and a flea, a fox, a goldfish, or a skunk? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STORY THIEVES by James Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A droll and clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The fourth wall suffers major breaches as young characters from a popular fantasy series and the "real real world" join forces to battle threats in both. Read full book review >