Search Results: "C.D. Payne"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2001

"Now that Payne has hooked up with Hollywood's Farrelly brothers (slated to produce the film version of his Frisco Pigeon Mambo, 2000), maybe he can finally get some respect for Twisp as well."
Bloody chunks butchered from Payne's Youth in Revolt by an unfeeling and venal Doubleday editor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUTH IN REVOLT by C.D. Payne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1995

"Payne's talent occasionally peaks through this John Hughes- like romp, but hold out—and hope for—a better, more mature second effort."
Payne—who formed his own press and self-published this novel, his first, in 1993—shoots for Holden Caulfield but winds up with Ferris Bueller in this overly long pastiche of teen clichÇs and YA fantasies. Read full book review >

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FRISCO PIGEON MAMBO by C.D. Payne
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 15, 2000

"As parodies of human excess, the pigeons simply chase after the same promises in life. Amusing? Barely. Some may lap it up but few will find it as riotous as the Nick Twisp saga."
Self-publisher Payne, whose Nick Twisp series is making a splash (see below), creates his own Animal Farm in a fable of escaped lab animals that can't give up booze, tobacco, and whatchugot. Read full book review >

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REVOLTING YOUTH by C.D. Payne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2000

"If this catches on, as it may well, step back and watch self-publishing take off."
Cult comic-novelist Payne, who self-publishes but also has published with Doubleday, offers the fourth in his revoltingly ridiculous Nick Twisp series. Read full book review >

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YOU KILLED WESLEY PAYNE by Sean Beaudoin
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"That said, this dark, cynical romp is full of clever references and red herrings, which will delight the adult noir fan and pique the curiosities of the observant outcast teen who's looking for a way to infiltrate the in-crowd. (Mystery. 12 & up)"
Tough, suit-sporting, no-nonsense high-school sleuth Dalton Rev stalks the killer who masterminded the murder of popular in-guy Wesley Payne. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Clearly written, chronologically organized and making good use of archival photographs and reproductions of other important documents, this is a solid introduction to an historical figure who deserves to be better known. (timeline, author's note, resources) (Biography. 8-12)"
Daniel A. Payne may have only been five feet tall and 100 pounds, but "the little bishop left giant footprints." Read full book review >

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PIECES OF PAYNE by Albert Goldbarth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Borges meets David Foster Wallace: Many interesting patches, but otherwise little more than an unengaging meander."
Sophisticated albeit highly elliptical account of a young woman struggling with an unhappy past in the face of present illness. Read full book review >

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THE BEST OF JACKSON PAYNE by Jack Fuller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"An optimistic, intricately layered rewrite of The Aspern Papers, with grimy jazz clubs standing in wonderfully for James's sinking Venice."
Chock-a-block with religious imagery, mystical epiphanies, rhapsodic lectures on music theory and splendid evocations of the tawdry-but-hip jazz milieu, this sixth novel from Fuller (News Values, 1996, etc.), a journalist who is now president of the Chicago Tribune Company, reconstructs the life of a brilliant but doomed black jazzman through the eyes and ears of his quixotic biographer. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: June 14, 2005

"Still, this is a great read and definitely an author to watch. (Fiction. 12+)"
A first novel from Australia pits two unlikely friends against a battle-ax disciplinarian of a teacher. Read full book review >

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DEEPSTEP COME SHINING by C.D. Wright
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Wright's unique voice is all rhythm, sometimes dizzying and delightful, and sometimes simply incoherent."
This Arkansas-born Brown professor has written numerous books of verse and has also collaborated on multimedia exhibits about her native state, which shows in this unusual verse novel, an unholy marriage of Kerouac's bop prosody and Flannery O—Connor's southern gothic sensibility. Read full book review >

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THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF LITERARY FAILURE by C.D. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"In presenting his failures, Rose makes highly literate and arcane references to a vast number of authors and literary theoreticians, and it's great fun for the reader to become part of the game."
Rose poses as the "editor" of this book, a series of clever (and occasionally hilarious) literary vignettes about authors whose careers never quite panned out owing to personal, cultural or artistic failings. Read full book review >

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THE FAIRIES IN THE CLOUDS by C.D. Rauscher
Released: Dec. 5, 2008

"Heartwarming but unpolished."
A chapter book about a young fairy's adventures between two worlds. Read full book review >