Search Results: "Dan Riley"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"By turns wry, witty, sometimes wise, but resolutely outspoken, this volume brings father and daughter face to face as people, not icons in a Freudian myth."
Masquerading as a report on home schooling, a tale of father- daughter conflict played out over eighth-grade English and math. Read full book review >

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THE VIRGIN MISSILE CRISIS by Dan Riley
Released: May 26, 2012

"Bumpy because of a few odd narrative choices, but this charming coming-of-age comedy has enough laughs to keep its footing."
A central question arises in this sweet comedy that pairs the typical teen condition with the Cuban missile crisis: Is there time to lose your virginity before the bomb drops? Read full book review >

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KING FLASHYPANTS AND THE EVIL EMPEROR by Andy Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"An agreeably fizzy series opener. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Evil Emperor Nurbison has his eye on the peaceful, neighboring kingdom of Edwinland. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 1996

"The result is essential for aficionados and basic homework for any critic."
An extended interview with the author of Interview with the Vampire (1976), etc., conducted by an old friend who wishes to display ``how much fun she is to talk to, how interesting and thoughtful, how candid, how honest and even brave.'' Though autobiography is touched on—Rice's Catholic girlhood, her rebellious early marriage to an atheistic poet, her daughter's death from leukemia, the disaffected return from San Francisco to funky New Orleans, her kind of town—the emphasis of these near- monologues is on Rice's fluctuating inner state and her emotional involvement with her work. Read full book review >

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AMITY & SORROW by Peggy Riley
Released: April 16, 2013

"Simple in style but complex in tone, this book raises troubling questions about the power of doomladen cults, and their leaders and followers."
The eponymous title refers to the daughters of Amaranth, the first wife (out of 50) of Zachariah, Messianic leader of a Doomsday cult. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW SISTER by Lucinda Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Another pleasant jaunt down a genealogical rabbit hole."
Third in Riley's Seven Sisters series (The Storm Sister, 2016, etc.) about adopted daughters in search of their ancestry. Read full book review >

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STORY THIEVES by James Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A droll and clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The fourth wall suffers major breaches as young characters from a popular fantasy series and the "real real world" join forces to battle threats in both. Read full book review >

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TWICE UPON A TIME by James Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"Go for Lyn Gardner's Into the Woods, (2007) Emily Rodda's Key to Rondo (2008) and Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark & Grimm (2010) instead. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
With no dearth of novels that fracture and mingle fairy tales, waste no time on this sequel and its lazy metaphysics. Read full book review >

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EINSTEIN'S DAUGHTER by Riley James
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"A blizzard of fast-paced action, mystery and romance."
James (First Lady Blues, 2011) returns with a thriller that straddles the worlds of science, skiing and subterfuge. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2016

"Great fun for anyone with even a slight knowledge of Roman and English history and geography—or those curious about them."
A delightful trip from Rome to Hadrian's Wall—in C.E. 130. Read full book review >