Search Results: "David J. Schow"


BOOK REVIEW

UPGUNNED by David J. Schow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Schow is an acquired taste, to be sure. But as splatterpunk goes, this book won't be outdone. It's got more attitude than you can shake an AK-47 at."
Forced at gunpoint to take blackmail shots of high-ranking L.A. cop Dominic Sharps and a prostitute in flagrante delicto—a shoot that requires some improvising since Sharps had a fatal heart attack on the way to the studio—postmodern-chic photographer Elias McCabe runs for his life. Good idea since everyone he knows, including the most beautiful girls, is being indifferently slit, stabbed and shot to death by his pursuers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELL ON EARTH by Robert Bloch
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Volume One of The Lost Bloch went quickly out of print, as almost certainly will Volume Two. Don't miss the fun."
Second of a promised three volumes (The Devil with You!, 1999) of Psycho Bob's earliest penny-a-word paste gems from his golden days in pulps (Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, Blue Book, and Imaginative Tales). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DEVIL WITH YOU! by Robert Bloch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Still, if fans can collect the Lost Three Stooges episodes, why not first puns and parodies?"
The once brightly amusing but now departed Bloch faxes in some lost pages from the beyond and shows himself still going strong. Read full book review >

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DAVID GARROW
by Gregory McNamee

Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.

And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HUNGRY ROSCOE by David J. Plant
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"A droll episode, with any lesson or moral beyond, maybe, 'try, try again' absent or well-buried. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Persistence pays off for an urban raccoon determined to upgrade his garbage-based diet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THOSE WHO RUN by David J. Murphy

"An intriguing YA thriller with a spunky but gold-hearted heroine, a cast of supportive, decent friends, and the twin backdrops of a mysterious criminal enterprise and abusive family members."
A girl on the run from an abusive father unwillingly winds up embroiled in an illegal scheme, from which she'll need help from her friends to escape. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE OF BLUE MANGOES by David J. Davidar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2002

"A lavish tale that will evoke memories of such other disparate predecessors as Forster's A Passage to India and Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy. Readers who persevere through its intermittent tedious passages will be generously rewarded."
An epic sweep and several strikingly imagined characters are the most impressive features of this nevertheless uneven debut: an ambitious three-generational saga that embraces the early 20th-century history of the Indian subcontinent, Gandhi's pacifist revolution, and the collapse of the British Raj. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APPLAUD THE HOLLOW GHOST by David J. Walker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 1998

"Mal's third (Half the Truth, 1996, etc.) does a manful job of tacking between fisticuffs and sensitive stuff, though violence will win out, in an operatic finale, before all the perps are finally brought to book."

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2001

"Comprehensive research and concise narrative ensure that this history will be the first stop for a new generation of Civil War scholars, students, and enthusiasts. (49 maps)"
An exhaustive one-volume history presenting not only the major battles in Virginia but also illuminating such usually overlooked parts of the Civil War as western battles and naval actions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Beyond all the angry rap videos, Dent's eloquent reportage shows us that Dr. Huxtable is no fantasy, and the Fresh Prince may have family in Bel Air."
A myth-busting four-year catalogue of middle-class black life in small-town USA. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Not exactly haunting, but there's some frightfully nice reportage on the history of a lively festival. Boo! (16-page color insert, not seen)"
There were no razor blades in the Halloween apples. That trick-or-treat caper is an urban legend, says Skal, who knows about creepy movies and other scary stuff (Screams of Reason, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >