Search Results: "Darren Shan"


BOOK REVIEW

PROCESSION OF THE DEAD by Darren Shan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 4, 2010

"Graphic, inventive, yet heartless in every sense; presumably, however, fans who grew up with Shan will stick around for the upcoming installments."
Gangster fantasy—call it thugpunk—with a curious history: The book, a revised version of Ayuamarca: Procession of the Dead (1999), resurfaced in the U.K. in 2008 as the first of a trilogy; Shan himself is better known as the popular author of gruesome YA fantasies (Dark Calling, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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LORD LOSS by Darren Shan
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"This volume is the first in a new series, The Demonata. (Fantasy. YA)"
Any kid who has teased younger siblings with chants of "greasy, grimy, gopher guts" will feel right at home in this horror tale. Read full book review >

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VAMPIRE MOUNTAIN by Darren Shan
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Utter dreck; even the most devoted fans of the series will feel cheated. (Fiction. 11+)"
Angels and ministers of grace defend us! Read full book review >

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HELL'S HORIZON by Darren Shan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 5, 2011

"Chilly, grim and confusing, with not a sympathetic character in sight: Shan fans only need apply."
Second installment in Shan's fantasy urban noir series (Procession of the Dead, 2010) set in an unnamed city ruled by fearsome gangster The Cardinal. Read full book review >

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ZOM-B by Darren Shan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A series opener to sink your teeth into. (Horror. 12-18)"
Shan's baaa-aaaack. Read full book review >

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THE THIN EXECUTIONER by Darren Shan
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Heads roll at the start, but by the end, Shan reaches for the heartstrings. (Fantasy/horror. 10-14)"
When his father publicly shames him, Jebel Rum takes the brand of quester and seeks the blessing of the fire god to obtain strength and invincibility. Read full book review >

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VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT by Darren Shan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Gross-out horror fans will devour it and clamor for the next in the series. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The sequel to Shan's successful horror debut (not reviewed) is another guilty pleasure. Read full book review >

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THANK YOU, OCTOPUS by Darren Farrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2014

"A terrific read-aloud; each repeat visit will ensure gleeful participation, as readers practice both tone and volume. A maritime—and bedtime—delight. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a well-meaning octopus helps his buddy to bed, silliness ensues. Read full book review >

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MUNRO VS. THE COYOTE by Darren Groth
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Characters that will steal readers' hearts with their humor and resilience, smooth writing, and a satisfying and hopeful ending make this a book to enjoy both emotionally and critically. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Groth, a former special education teacher, introduces readers to a sympathetic main character who is trying to move through trauma and to a sparkling supporting cast that gives voice to disability. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOGA AND THE PATH OF THE URBAN MYSTIC by Darren Main
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 2007

"Erudite, lucid and enlightening."
Main's accessible volume is an exemplary introduction to the thought, theory and texture of modern-day yoga. Read full book review >

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STOP FOLLOWING ME, MOON! by Darren Farrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"Bear's hilarious adventure begs for multiple readings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bear happily gathers mouthwatering foods from a park's visitors until he realizes the moon wants his feast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GAFF by Shan Correa
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"A fascinating look at the United States most mainlanders have never seen. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Although not as tightly crafted as Graham Salisbury's stories, Correa's debut evokes the lush mélange of sights, sounds and smells in 13-year-old Paulie's multicultural neighborhood in Hawaii. Read full book review >