Search Results: "David Skinner"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Perhaps too much Macdonald and not enough logo-geekery, but a well-researched, even loving, look at our language and its landlords."
Former Weekly Standard editor and current Humanities magazine editor Skinner debuts with the story of Webster's Third New International Dictionary, whose 1961 publication prompted assorted pundits to declare that the end of civilization was nigh. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 1999

"Skinner's often humorous portrayal of young adolescents is on target, and while the stories resemble writing exercises, lacking the sustained, pulse-pounding poetic turns of his novels, they are consistently entertaining. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 9-14)"
In a well-written gambol through weirdness, Skinner (The Wrecker, 1995, etc.) offers four highly imaginative short stories about young people with supernatural powers. Read full book review >

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The Antichrist of Kokomo County by David Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A stylish novel from a fine comedic storyteller who hopefully has more than one book in him."
Skinner's debut novel is a clever, funny chronicle of an apocalypse narrowly averted and of greatness diverted. Read full book review >

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THE WRECKER by David Skinner
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Skinner stretches the boundaries of children's fiction with an unforgettable story. (Fiction. 12+)"
A mind-bender-cum-novel, set against the bleak landscapes of schoolyard bullying. Read full book review >

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YOU MUST KISS A WHALE by David Skinner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 24, 1992

"A How-I-Came- To-Terms-With-My-Parents-Even-Though-They-Let-Me- Down story that could use less symbolism and more sense. (Fiction. 11+)"
A story within a story, both surpassingly weird. Read full book review >

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BRIMSTONE by Alan Skinner
Released: Oct. 30, 2010

"A worthy read, perfect for the young adult, fantasy loving set; true devotees will anxiously await the next installment in this original series."
A young girl's life changes dramatically when she becomes the apprentice to one of the most famed alchemists of her time. Read full book review >

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THE RIGHTEOUS CUT by Robert Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Its scattershot plot and overcrowded cast of underdeveloped characters alternately frustrate and confuse."
When his crony Jack Amsterdam is murdered in December, 1941, ostensibly by a prostitute at the Bella Creole Hotel, corrupt New Orleans councilman Whit Richards is rattled. Read full book review >

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SONG OF THE SUBURBS by Simon Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"Anyone who grew up before MTV, however, would be better off sticking to Jane Austen."
An in-your-face chronicle of life on the road in present-day Britain, by a first-time author whose primary ambition seems to be the re-creation of every sexual encounter his narrator's had since childhood. Read full book review >

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AMNESIA NIGHTS by Quinton Skinner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 29, 2004

"Spelled out on a level you don't expect. But plenty of reader stickum."
Quasi-debut fiction. Read full book review >

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THE EDGE OF FARALLON by Peter Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2017

"A poetic family drama with mercy and cruelty in high relief."
A novel about secrets, betrayals, and love revolves around a fight for land. Read full book review >

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PALE SHADOW by Robert Skinner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Another turbulent period valentine in which everybody is constantly asking obliging bartenders about everybody else, and nobody pays for a single drink."
The opening tableau—contract killer Dixie Ray Chavez standing beside the body of ex-bootlegger Luis Martinez's girlfriend Linda Blanc, whose heart gave out while Chavez was working her over with an electric iron—is only a curtain-raiser for the feast of violence that marks Martinez's falling-out with aspiring counterfeiter Santiago Compasso. Read full book review >