Search Results: "C.J. Skuse"


BOOK REVIEW

ROCKOHOLIC by C.J. Skuse
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Overall, this engaging, surprisingly serious caper is rock-solid. (Fiction. 13-16)"
The consequences of unintentionally kidnapping her rock-star hero reverberate through a misfit English teen's life. 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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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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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 >

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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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INHERITOR by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1996

"A familiar yet still impressive and more or less self-contained swirl of political intrigue, filtered though a memorably alien consciousness."
Third in Cherryh's alien-contact—trilogy? series?—about the humanoid alien "atevi" and the human colonists they've permitted to occupy the island of Mospheira (Invader, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK SHEEP by C.J. Lyons
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Lyons, who used Caitlyn as a secondary character in Blind Faith (2012), is currently juggling four different series, all hyperventilating on drama, romance and overindulgent plotting. Someone out there must be a fan, and you know who you are."
Rule-breaking FBI agent Caitlyn Tierney goes partners with a leopard and a tattooed biker. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

BELOW ZERO by C.J. Box
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 2009

"Though one of Box's plot twists pays off in spades, most of them don't, and the latest round of Joe's unending domestic troubles reads like soap opera. Despite incidental pleasures, this is the weakest of Joe's nine cases to date."
Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett (Blood Trail, 2008, etc.) is at it again. Read full book review >