Search Results: "David J. Silbey"


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

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 >

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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

ALL THE DEAD FATHERS by David J. Walker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 2005

"A chilling backstory makes Wild Onion's fourth a complex and creepy puzzler."
With her uncle's life at risk, it's up to Wild Onion Ltd.'s Kirsten (The End of Emerald Woods, 2000, etc.) to solve the case no one else wants: finding out who's killing pedophile priests. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SIPPING THE FOREVER by J. David Sloyer
Released: April 3, 2012

"An enthusiastic fantasy that emphasizes action but sacrifices nuanced character development."
A diverse collection of fantasy short stories with settings that range from prehistoric to postapocalyptic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO GIVES A HOWL by David J. Deines
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 20, 2011

"A fun, dark horror tale."
Deines, in this first installment of a planned four-part series, takes familiar conceits of fantasy and horror—werewolves, vampires and brave, relentless heroes—and freights them with religious significance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"Lucid and well-written; a worthy companion to Anthony Swofford's Jarhead (Mar. 2003)."
A memorable study of a transformative battle, now largely "condemned to the dustbin of history." Read full book review >

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

A BEER AT A BAWDY HOUSE by David J. Walker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Still, some solid deductive work by an appealing duo puts this Wild Onion adventure a cut above."
Whoever's blackmailing Peter Keegan, one of five auxiliary bishops in the Archdiocese of Chicago, seems to have missed a page in the manual, since there's no hint of an extortion demand. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HALF THE TRUTH by David J. Walker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"Altogether more routine than Walker's first, though resourceful Mal shows some nifty moves with a parking ticket, a length of plumber's pipe, and the current issue of Good Housekeeping."
Where, oh where has violinist Sharon Cooper's wayward brother Jason gone? Read full book review >