Search Results: "C.J. Duarte"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DASH by C.J. Duarte
Released: Oct. 24, 2011

"The rambling misadventures of flat characters."
After a rough night of writer's block, a "cash supervisor" named Claire jumps off a ledge and falls into a mysterious vortex that spits her into an alternate world. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Like her All the Stars in the Sky: Native Stories of the Heavens (2006), this digestible gathering will draw young readers—but fewer storytellers, as there are no source notes. (afterword) (Folktales. 9-11)"
In a slim and watery collection of northerly First Nations tales, land-dwellers fall in love with sea-dwellers, contentious humans are nearly all wiped out in a flood sent by exasperated spirits and the kindly Great Spirit temporarily gives over the souls of the dead to his opposite number, Evil Minded, but keeps them safe from harm by transforming them into ground mist. Read full book review >

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WATCHED by C.J. Lyons
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A high-speed thriller elevated by its unflinching focus on the harrowing effects of online bullying. (Thriller. 14-18)"
After suffering unthinkable trauma at the hands of an online criminal mastermind, two teens join forces to fight back. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BITE by C.J. Tosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Strains so hard to be fun! sexy! cool! that it ends up being none of the above."
Two frustrated journalists decide that what the world needs is another vacuous magazine. Read full book review >

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THE COMPANY CAR by C.J. Hribal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2005

"As flawed as real life, and every bit as absorbing."
A big-hearted tale recalls the interconnected lives of two generations of a Midwestern family, by Wisconsin author Hribal (The Clouds in Memphis, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"An entertaining work that combines technical details, biographies, political maneuvering and insightful military history."
An eye-opening, often grim history of automatic weapons, emphasizing the Soviet Union's murderous, wildly successful legacy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHANUR'S LEGACY by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Readers new to Cherryh's Compact Space will need patience and determination to get involved—but it's worth the effort: memorable characters, intriguing aliens, and a convoluted yet satisfying plot guaranteed to extend even the most space-operatically inclined brain cells."
Fifth in Cherryh's hitherto paperback Chanur series—a clan/dynasty saga whose alien principals, unusually, are nearly all female, and featuring other alien species by the shipload amid a welter of interspecies politicking, maneuvering, haggling, and strife. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 5, 2011

"Generous action and a nonpreachy but Scripture-compatible spirituality uplift this Tolkien-esque journey."
Pursued by racists into Kentucky's Mammoth Caves, teenage Nathan finds an incredible subterranean civilization, where he is a prophesied savior in a war against the ancient, demonic Krytor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FREE FIRE by C.J. Box
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 10, 2007

"Middling for this fine series, which automatically makes it one of the season's highlights. "
Fired from his job as Game and Fish Warden after wrapping up his colorful sixth case (In Plain Sight, 2006), Joe Pickett returns to nab the perpetrator of the perfect crime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIDDEN VICES by C.J. Carpenter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 2015

"A nice blend of characters props up a moderately interesting but tired plot, though what's often most intriguing is Megan's disconcertingly frequent use of the F-bomb."
A planned vacation offers no relief for a detective recovering from the trauma of her last case who's thrust unexpectedly back into the field. Read full book review >