Search Results: "Ciarán Collins"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GAMAL by Ciarán Collins
Released: July 23, 2013

"A ferocious, heartbreaking confessional with a real voice."
An adolescent boy in a rural Irish village recounts the terrible events that befall him and his closest friends, in this debut novel from an Irish author. Read full book review >

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GERMS by Ross Collins
by Ross Collins, illustrated by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2004

"The premise of a good-hearted chicken-pox germ that can choose to work against illness doesn't make sense and belies the implied science education, but well-designed pictures provide cartoony amusement for the snot-loving crowd. (fact file) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sweet, eagerly gross illustrations improve this tale that's unsure whether it wants to be partly educational or just goofy. 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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RELIC  by Renee Collins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Simplistic characters undermine an exciting, creative fantasy world. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Plot trumps characterization in this Wild West fantasy. Read full book review >

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LOST SOULS by Michael Collins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 9, 2004

"Nicely done: relentlessly dark, unfailingly well written."
Ireland's Collins (The Man Who Dreamt of Lobsters, 1993; etc.) decamps to Amish country for a neatly constructed tale of murder and mayhem. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Packed with interesting gastronomical morsels, but the dry presentation may send diehard foodies to the television to watch and learn instead of reading about it."
Comprehensive but dense chronicle of the genesis of food presentation in the media. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"A grandiose, caffeinated tale that could use additional editing."
A sweeping epic of love, war, family loyalty, duty to one's queen and revenge. Read full book review >

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EDGAR ALLAN POE by Paul Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Although Collins doesn't provide much new information, the clean, crisp narrative presents the puzzling Poe as a deeply troubled and toweringly talented artist."
The author of investigative books about literary and historical figures returns with a lean, swift life of the puzzling Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), whose life and death are as full of mystery as his famous tales. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"The book does go on (25 pages on Grover Cleveland is quite enough), but Collins, a veteran political observer and a member of the New York Times editorial board, offers a good read that puts present political scandals into historical perspective."
If you think President Clinton is engulfed in rumor and innuendo, consider John Fremont. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISUNDERSTANDINGS by Clive Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"A most readable first collection."
A debut collection of ten stories that elegantly limns the power of the often innocent misunderstanding to wound the human heart. Read full book review >