Search Results: "Brian J. Anderson"


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The Ascent of PJ Marshall by Brian J. Anderson
Released: Dec. 7, 2012

"A sometimes clunky, often confusing and slow-paced thriller that fails to deliver the chills."
In this debut novel, a devoted son sets out to discover his father's whereabouts after he suddenly, inexplicably disappears. Read full book review >

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DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES by Brian Herbert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 12, 1999

"In a word, satisfying: all Dune fans will want to investigate, newcomers will be tempted, and it should promote fresh interest in the magnificent original series. (Author tour)"
Since Frank Herbert, author of the mighty Dune series (ending with Chapterhouse: Dune, 1985) died in 1986, rumors have been circulating that his son Brian (Sudanna, Sudanna, 1985) would continue the saga. Read full book review >

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AWAKENING by Brian Herbert
Released: March 26, 2013

"A routine entry in a mediocre series, strictly for fans already hooked with volume one."
Part two of the interstellar war/alien contact series that kicked off with Hellhole (2011). Read full book review >

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THE PRINCE'S NEW PET by Brian Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Creepy, kooky and deftly delivered, this dark story offers a bright ending for readers who might think they've just outgrown fairy tales. (Picture book. 5-10)"
When the Queen died and her bereft king banished color from the kingdom, Prince Viridian's world turned the gloomiest gray. A mysterious present (a cute, colorful creature called a wooglefoof) crashes his birthday party and changes all that, spiriting its garish stripes across the castle and sending the king's Color Snatcher in fiendish, feverish pursuit. Read full book review >

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NIGHTY NIGHT, SLEEPY SLEEPS by Brian Anderson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"While it may not be conducive for somnolent evenings, this is pure good fun for little ones. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The popular characters of Anderson's comic-strip series Dog Eat Doug successfully transition to the picture book in a joyous celebration of the universal glee felt by toddlers trying to outwit and outrace their grown-ups. Read full book review >

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MONSTER CHEFS by Brian Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2014

"Delicious! Especially when decorated with eyeballs. (recipe) (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's hard to tell which came first, the story or the cupcake, but either way, this picture book is a treat. Read full book review >

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Released: April 17, 2012

"Brilliant: a vision of history before the victors wrote it. (historical note) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Two girls of very different degree are brought together unwillingly by the English conquest of Wales. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Budding scientists will surely draw inspiration from this biography of Linnaeus, whom Anderson dubs ``the greatest botanist of all time.'' Linnaeus and his world—18th-century Sweden—may seem far removed from most middle-graders' experiences, but Anderson creates a dramatic narrative fully capable of keeping readers enthralled. Read full book review >

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UNNATURAL ACTS by Kevin J. Anderson
Released: Dec. 24, 2012

"As exhaustingly inventive and jokey as Dan's debut. Think of the entire first season of True Blood on fast forward."
Another full caseload for Dan Shamble, the zombie detective who was just warming up when he solved his own murder in Death Warmed Over (2012). Read full book review >

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HORIZON STORMS by Kevin J. Anderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 29, 2004

"While the series has been compared to Robert Jordan's apparently endless Wheel of Time, the Star Wars movies (which Anderson has novelized) are equally plausible models."
Third in Anderson's sprawling space-opera series (A Forest of Stars, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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KILLER HEELS by Sheryl J. Anderson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 2004

"Delicious dialogue between Molly and her buds leaves barely enough room for detection—or much of anything else."
Life is good in Anderson's yuppie-themed debut, even when murder imperils your wardrobe. Read full book review >

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KILLER RIFF by Sheryl J. Anderson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 6, 2007

"Anderson's overplotted fourth is not for readers who expect the solution to make sense."
An advice columnist's long-awaited promotion to the features section begins with an article about a late rock icon's possibly murderous family. Read full book review >