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

THE RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF HOW THINGS WERE BUILT by David J. Brown
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: March 10, 1992

"Pity, really. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Spanning several centuries and continents, a sweeping compendium of famous structures and the methods used in their construction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 2012

"A fresh, accessible take on a crucial turning point for the modern Chinese state."
A succinct revisiting of the turn-of-the-century uprising that pitted Chinese recalcitrance against "imperial buccaneering." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 1993

"Skal's love and respect for the genre shine through this impeccably researched, lively chronicle: a top-drawer choice for horror fans. (One hundred illustrations—not seen.)"
Frightfully well-done survey of modern horror, eclipsing Stephen King's seminal Danse Macabre (1981) for clarity of writing, if not personableness or depth of idea, and Walter Kendrick's The Thrill of Fear (1991) for cultural savvy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TICKET TO DIE FOR by David J. Walker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 1998

"As richly plotted as Mal Foley's three other cases, but good for a lot more laughs—and a perfect introduction to the talented author."
Quite a change of pace from Walker's searching Malachy Foley mysteries (Applaud the Hollow Ghost, p. 25, etc.): a husband-and-wife crime-fighting team that splits everything, even their name. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Ironic, bloody, full of foreshadowing: a solid work."
A big-picture account of an unremembered war that has uncomfortable parallels with ugly little wars that followed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO SHOW OF REMORSE by David J. Walker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 2002

"Walker (The End of Emerald Woods, 2000, etc.) is at the top of his form here, weaving his puzzle skillfully into a jolting tale of loyalty and betrayal."
When Malachy Foley (Applaud the Hollow Ghost, 1998, etc.) defied the Illinois Supreme Court by refusing to disclose what Marlon Shades told him about the shootout at Lonnie Bright's that left one cop dead and two injured, Foley knew it would cost his law license. Read full book review >