Search Results: "C.J. Collins"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TEETH OF THE COMB & OTHER STORIES by Osama Alomar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Swamps and streams, lightning and dogs all play a part in these beguiling, suggestive fables. The stories are of perfect length, but one wishes the book went on for much longer."
Elegant, often elegiac sketches by Syrian-born writer Alomar, now a resident of Chicago. Read full book review >

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OSAMA ALOMAR
by Stephanie Buschardt

Syrian writer Osama Alomar’s very short allegorical stories are extolled in much of the Arab world for their incisive wit and sly commentary on the region’s capricious sociopolitical landscape, yet here, in America, where he’s lived in exile since 2008, they’re still being exhumed. 2014 saw the U.S. release of Fullblood Arabian, his first body of work to be ...


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STEPPING OUT FROM THE SHADOWS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine

Cover Story: Poison Apple

BFF Charm: Eventually

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Retelling

Bonus Factor: Coach Taylor Award

Anti-Bonus Factor: Royal Names

Relationship Status: Rooting for You

 

Cover Story: Poison Apple

If you didn’t know this was a “Snow White” retelling before looking at this book ...


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A LOVING FAREWELL TO READ-A-ROMANCE MONTH 2017
by Bobbi Dumas

It’s August 31, which to me means, above all, the end of the 5th Read-A-Romance Month.

And I have to tell you, these posts on the theme of #ThePowerofRomance have been amazing.

People often ask me what my favorites were, and I find it a very difficult question—because they are all terrific representative essays on why romance is powerful, soul-affirming ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DELIVERANCE by C.J. Redwine
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Tedious. (Post-apocalyptic romance. 14-18)"
The post-apocalyptic romance that began with Defiance (2012) reaches its conclusion as Rachel and Logan separately work to bring down the men who have robbed them of their families and community. Read full book review >

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HELLBURNER by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"A disappointment after sparkling work last time out."
Direct sequel to Heavy Time (1991) and part of Cherryh's medium-future Company Wars spacefaring saga (Cyteen, etc.) about a thoroughly disunited Solar System facing invasion by genetically engineered superman. Read full book review >

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RUSALKA by C.J. Cherryh
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Mechanics-wise, a pretty good plot, if only so-so characters and setting What's missing is atmosphere, tension, chills and thrills—anything, in sum, that might galvanize this earnest, plodding, uncompelling, and decidedly overlong yarn."
From the author of Cyteen, Downbelow Station, and various other works of science fiction: a fantasy of Old Russia, where powerful spirits lurk in every natural feature of the landscape and Christianity, never mind Marxism, isn't even a distant prospect. Read full book review >

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LAMENTATION by C.J. Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Shakespearean characterization and Byzantine plotting: Amid all the stink and muck of Tudor London, Sansom offers a master class in royal intrigue."
Sansom follows the further adventures of Matthew Shardlake, Serjeant at Law (Heartstone, 2011, etc.), as the good lawyer is summoned by Queen Catherine during the last days of Henry VIII's reign.Read full book review >

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DARK FIRE by C.J. Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 17, 2005

"Rich period detail and solid history underpin the totally imaginary Greek Fire business."
Tudor barrister Matthew Shardlake (Dissolution, 2003) plumbs the mysteries of Byzantine flame-throwing as he fights for the life of an accused murderess. Read full book review >

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HEARTSTONE by C.J. Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 24, 2011

"The characters are sympathetic and the quirks of the historic courts interesting enough, but the plot is so tangled in the tedium of troop movements and provisions that it drags on longer than Catherine and Henry's marriage. Best for historical sticklers, military fans and encyclopedists."
Matthew Shardlake, the hunchback serjeant of the Tudor courts, undertakes his fifth series of cases (Revelation, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >