Search Results: "Colin Bateman"


BOOK REVIEW

CYCLE OF VIOLENCE by Colin Bateman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"But Bateman and his hero both pay a high price for the few sweet, funny moments they wring out of this vale of tears."
Exiled to darkest Crossmaheart after a spectacular drunk, Miller, a Belfast reporter who has his own weekly column but keeps his first name secret, falls in with waitress Marie Young, falls in love with her, falls into her bed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIVORCING JACK by Colin Bateman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The promised sequel can't arrive too soon."
Here's what happens as a result of Belfast columnist Dan Starkey's oh-so-brief dalliance with Margaret McBride, whose ``eyes were close together, but not so close as to suggest Catholicism'': Dan's tax-inspector wife Patricia catches the pair together and throws Dan out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OF WEE SWEETIE MICE AND MEN by Colin Bateman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"More relaxed and less wildly funny than Divorcing Jack or Cycle of Violence (1996)—but then that's what you'd expect when the brutality is only a game."
Knockabout journalist Dan Starkey leaves the mean streets of Belfast for a season of even more violent insanity in the world of professional boxing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUNNING WITH THE RESERVOIR PUPS by Colin Bateman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Unpretentiously unpredictable. (Fiction. YA)"
Eddie's normal life takes a sudden veer into the complete pits when his mother announces they're not only moving, but a divorce means Dad is going elsewhere. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRING ME THE HEAD OF OLIVER PLUNKETT by Colin Bateman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"A good choice for reluctant readers, but easier if they begin with the first in the series. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Eddie and his no name gang are back again to seek a valuable relic—a saint's head—stolen from an Irish church and hidden somewhere on the property of Scarface Cutler, the most violent criminal in Belfast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMEONE ELSE'S SUMMER by Rachel Bateman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"Plenty of romantic moments will make starry-eyed readers swoon, but what could have been an important story about confronting raw grief after a sibling's death ultimately falls short. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A search for meaning after her sister's sudden death blossoms into a romantic road trip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEAVE IT TO CLAIRE by Tracey Bateman
Released: Jan. 4, 2006

"Plodding Christian fare limited to its target audience."
This first in a planned series from Warner's Christian imprint features Claire Everett as she improves her life (with the help of God). Read full book review >

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COLIN HARRISON
by Gregory McNamee

In his 1954 James Bond novel Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming observed that owning a large number of books tends to go hand in hand with “serious criminal tendencies.” Bibliophiles may object to the thought, but over the long run of history, collectors of many things—paintings, postage stamps, golf courses—have been implicated in all sorts of crimes connected ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"That probably won't matter to kids, who will assume he's made-up, just like Paul. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Step aside, Paul Bunyan, Hals Halson has come to challenge you as the "greatest lumberjack in North America." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Still, this is a must for elementary grades studying America's early years. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
How well do you know your country? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MERBABY by Teresa Bateman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"The message of care and compassion, as well as the power of dreams—there's a wonderful image of Tarron with his own ship tangled in his hair, a visible vision—are played but not hammered, and the ships, merpeople, and fishy denizens are rendered with graceful energy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A gentle teaching story with lovely watercolors in every hue of aquamarine, opal, and sea foam. Read full book review >