Search Results: "Cathrene Valente Youngquist"


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ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"However, one is left feeling that the newly mannered Calypso Joe is such a promising idea for a character in this setting that his further adventures will be more interesting than this debut. (Picture book. 3-7)"
How about those Gruffs tromping across their famously troll-guarded bridge between two Caribbean islands? Read full book review >

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OUR HEARTS WILL BURN US DOWN by Anne Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Valente is a promising writer. She should write something else."
A high school shooter kills 36, including himself, and then a series of house fires annihilates the bereaved families. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"Charming but somewhat wearying chronicle of a life well lived."
This collection of autobiographical scenes is equal parts family history, travelogue and romance. Read full book review >

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A SIMPLER TIME by Eric V. Youngquist
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2006

"An overall gentle and nostalgic glimpse into an extinct slice of American life."
A sentimental look back at the author's idyllic childhood in Dearborn, Mich. Read full book review >

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IN THE NIGHT GARDEN by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A work of beautifully relayed, interlinked fairy tales."
A tale of revenge, magic and family. Read full book review >

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PALIMPSEST by Catherynne M. Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2009

"Too obsessive and self-involved to hold universal appeal, with characters resembling visitors from somebody else's recurring dreamscape."
From Valente, another intricate fantasy (In the Cities of Coin and Spice, 2007, etc.), an expansion of a 2007 short story. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Heartless September sprouts a heart during this remarkable, awesome journey. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2011), heroine September embarks on another quest, this time to Fairyland-Below, where her shadow rules as queen. Read full book review >

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DEATHLESS by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2011

"Overwhelming and probably indecipherable to all but the most persistent, well-informed readers."
Another intricate fantasy (The Habitation of the Blessed, 2010, etc.) from Valente, based on what feels like the entire panoply of Russian folktales. Read full book review >

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SIX-GUN SNOW WHITE by Catherynne M. Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Though the ending rushes in unexpectedly, this is an engaging and delightfully written tale."
Valente (The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, 2015, etc.) reimagines "Snow White" as a story set in an extravagantly imagined Wild West and propelled by a sharpshooting, half-Crow heroine. Read full book review >

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RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A heady, strange, and beautifully written novel about how stories give form to worlds."
Valente imagines an alternate solar system and sends her heroine, a filmmaker, to Venus, where she disappears. Read full book review >

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THE REFRIGERATOR MONOLOGUES by Catherynne M. Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A ruthless but absorbing and provocative reshaping of the idea that the girlfriend dies, again."
In a slim book of linked short stories, Valente (The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home, 2016, etc.) frees the voices of women from the world of comic-book superheroes. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Complex, rich and memorable. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this modern fairytale, an insouciant, "somewhat heartless" 12-year-old girl from Omaha visits Fairyland and accepts a quest to rescue its inhabitants from the rule-mad Marquess. Read full book review >