Search Results: "C.D. Payne"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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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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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 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 >

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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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WEREGIRL by C.D. Bell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A lupine spin on the typical, tone-deaf appropriation narrative. (Paranormal thriller. 13-17)"
A white teen discovers a shape-shifting ability along with dangerous secrets. Read full book review >

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THE REDEMPTION OF CHARLIE MCCOY by C.D. Wilsher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"A wonderfully offbeat caper with smart characters wielding guns and razor-sharp dialogue."
In Wilsher's debut crime novel, a small-time thief and his estranged daughter go on the run from mobsters and cops who are after his latest haul. Read full book review >

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FOUR IN ALL by Nina Payne
by Nina Payne, illustrated by Adam Payne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2001

"The final page lists the poem in its entirety, 56 nouns in all. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An artistic collaboration between a mother and son, this freshman effort is laudable, though somewhat flawed. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER 365 DAYS by K.E. Payne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Funny, engaging and accessible. (Fiction. 12-18)"
In a follow-up to 365 Days (2011), emotive British lesbian teen Clem Atkins writes a diary entry for each day of the year. Read full book review >