Search Results: "Charlie Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

CHIMNEY ROCK by Charlie Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1993

"Relentlessly emotional with impressive pyrotechnics, but ultimately overheated: those awaiting a story that holds together after the sound and fury subside will be disappointed."
Smith's gigantic talent, most recently on display in The Lives of the Dead (1990) and the novellas of Crystal River (1991), slips the harness once again to produce this lusty, fiery Hollywood saga in which world-class egos collide to fuel a family feeding frenzy. Read full book review >

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HEROIN by Charlie Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"These poems take aim at such wisdom and several hit their mark."
In the title poem here, Smith (Before and After, 1995) reaffirms the ancient equation of drugs and love, and casts an old suspicion on both. Read full book review >

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CRYSTAL RIVER by Charlie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Vividly focused on life beyond the pale of respectability, these are brash but repetitive, stuck in a quirky groove involving absent partners and desperate liaisons."
Three novellas from Southern stylist Smith (The Lives of the Dead, Shine Hawk), whose palmetto-fringed tales of northern Florida's Gulf Coast are inhabited by twisted families and grim relationships tinged with madness. Read full book review >

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GINNY GALL by Charlie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A riveting protagonist moves through unbearable racial carnage into a kind of legend."
A violent and sorrowful Jim Crow South brims in this brutal novel. Read full book review >

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MEN IN MIAMI HOTELS by Charlie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2013

"Cot racks up many kills: Give him his due, the guy can shoot."
Smith's eighth novel is an offbeat crime story that portrays a gangster with more soul than smarts. Read full book review >

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CHEAP TICKET TO HEAVEN by Charlie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"This unforgettably vivid account of a dangerous journey is a real trip."
This powerfully imagined tale of a contemporary Bonnie and Clyde displays Smith's (Chimney Rock, 1993, etc.) furious overplotting and near-genius for lyrical intensity in just about equal measure. Read full book review >

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DAREDEVIL DUCK by Charlie Alder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Simple, sweet, and very effective. (Picture book. 3-6)"
He braves the wild and performs daring stunts...in his dreams. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"Whether he'll get back home in time for tea is anybody's guess. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
On pages designed to look as if they come from a grubby notebook, an eight-year-old explorer records and illustrates fantastical adventures that start (and perhaps stay, to judge from internal hints) in his own backyard. Read full book review >

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THE FAT LADY SINGS by Charlie Lovett
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"Given the ratings of Glee and the emerging popularity of teen lit combining queer themes and musicals, this should be a hit. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
This dynamic theater story stars Aggie, a girl whose enthusiasm, mad talent and diva qualities lead her astray. Read full book review >

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STONEHEART by Charlie Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"More intriguing are his philosophies about stone and 'makers' (builders), and the protagonists' family histories, but these are too sparse, leaving the whole unsatisfying. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
This series opener has appealing motifs but is tedious and longer than necessary. Read full book review >

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LIZARD PEOPLE by Charlie Price
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"With wild, manic pacing, readers are pulled alongside Ben to discover what is real—and what is not—building to an unsettling conclusion that is sure to leave them talking about this psychological thriller long after the final page is turned. (Fiction. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old Ben Mander has a particularly tumultuous life: His mother, a paranoid schizophrenic, refuses to take her medication and when under duress, spins outrageous tales of Lizard People; Ben's father, divorced from his mother and estranged from his current girlfriend, spends most of his days haunting sleazy bars and crashing in cheap motels. Read full book review >

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DESERT ANGEL by Charlie Price
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Relentless, heart-stopping suspense. (Thriller. 12 & up)"
A taut thriller about Angel, a 14-year-old who is pursued by a man who has a deadly need to silence her. Read full book review >