Search Results: "Craig Simons"


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NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2013

"A step-by-step grasping of the enormity of an impending biodiversity crisis."
A frank, depressing wake-up call of impending environmental disaster. Read full book review >

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RED LEAVES by Paullina Simons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Take this to the beach if you must (okay, it's campy fun), but look elsewhere for a mystery with real smarts. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
Second-novelist Simons (Tully, 1994) returns with a tale seemingly influenced by Donna Tartt's The Secret History. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF LIBERTY by Paullina Simons
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Unfortunately, Simons misses a good opportunity to present a strong romance and clearly connect its characters to many of the prevalent issues in early-20th-century America; although the love story is adequate, the sociopolitical elements in the narrative are too random to be meaningful."
A love story about two people from vastly different worlds gets off to an excruciatingly slow start in Simons' prequel to The Bronze Horseman trilogy. Read full book review >

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MOONSHADOW by Simons Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2010

"Move over, Alex Rider. (glossary, author's note) (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
Named for his trademark sword trick, Moonshadow is an orphan and a recently graduated ninja in the Grey Light Order, the shogun's secret service, with special training in the ancient skill of "the eye of the beast," or sight control of complex animals. Read full book review >

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ELEVEN HOURS by Paullina Simons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1998

"Blatantly manipulative and gratuitously horrific; still, this might just be the breakout novel its author intends. (Literary Guild featured alternate/Mystery Guild selection; author tour)"
Beat-the-clock suspense in a pedestrian kidnaping narrative. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LIVES OF SPORTS FANS by Eric Simons
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2013

"An intriguing ride through 'all the wondrous quirks and oddities in human nature.'"
In this often heady blend of science, philosophy and sociology, Simons (Univ. of California Graduate School of Journalism; Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America, 2009) tries to get at the root of fandom, that sometimes appalling display of irrational behavior, which appears to be "a species-level design flaw." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 17, 1997

"An offbeat but consistently absorbing assessment of an unorthodox military organization that has experienced periodic difficulties in living down (or up to) its press clippings."
An anthropologist audits the US Army's Special Forces with the analytic rigor and vigor she would apply to any intriguing, albeit alien, culture in her sights. Read full book review >

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TULLY by Paullina Simons
Released: May 1, 1994

"An overload of angst and unnecessary length finally do this novel in. (First printing of 165,000; Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
In her first novel, an opus with soap opera overtones, Simons uses a voice as flat as the Kansas prairie to relate the story of Natalie Makker, nicknamed Tully due to her brother's mispronunciation of her name. Read full book review >