Search Results: "C.J. Hill"


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ERASING TIME by C.J. Hill
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Dramatic twists and turns to the very end ensure readers' attention and the possibility of an equally thrilling sequel. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
A dash of time travel gives a fresh flavor to the quickly staling dystopia genre. 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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BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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 GOBLIN MIRROR by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"But, for all that, the construction bears signs of haste, the ideas aren't fully thought through; and the texture tends toward the lumpy: Cherryh clearly stands in danger of overextending her considerable talents."
Fantasy set in an environment cognate with Cherryh's successful Rusalka trilogy (most recently Yvgenie, 1991) where magic works, ghosts and goblins are real, and everyone who matters is noble or wizardly or, preferably, both. 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 >

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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 >

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HAMMERFALL by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2001

"Very disappointing."
Advent of a new far-future series, from the author of Fortress of Dragons (2000), Precursor (1999), etc. A rebel against the omnipotent Ila, Marak Trin Tain guards lifelong his secret madness—voices speak his name and urge him to travel east; he beholds visions of a silver tower and a cave of suns—until his warlord father surrenders him to the Ila's soldiers. Read full book review >

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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 >