Search Results: "Derek Benz"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"This amalgam of Norse mythology, Arthurian legends, the Dracula story and others is chaotic and somewhat incoherent—but the fast-paced adventure and slightly gross-out magic will keep some readers enthralled. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The war between good and evil is entangled in the war between Max Sumner's estranged parents in this sequel to The Revenge of the Shadow King (2006). Read full book review >

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THE RELIC HUNTERS by Derek Benz
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"There's a lot better out there than this. (Steampunk. 11-13)"
A teeming cast, a mare's nest of plotlines and characters with ambiguous agendas muddle this sequel to The Brimstone Key (2010). Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: June 7, 2010

"Sloppy all around. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Aiming to be a steampunk action/adventure with a faerie element and a side of gaming, this opener of the second Grey Griffins series is a congested mess of overwritten prose, weak descriptions and inflated dangers. Read full book review >

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THE REVENGE OF THE SHADOW KING by Derek Benz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Not a bad option for fans of the genre. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A collectible card game introduces Max and his friends to the battle against ancient evil in this undistinguished but entertaining series opener. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Max's journey is full of plot holes, flat characters, awkward prose and trite conclusions, but the fast-paced adventure will entertain fantasy readers. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The Grey Griffins series continues in this middle-of-the-road fantasy adventure. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WHO SHOT OUT MY EYE IS DEAD by Chanelle  Benz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An ambitious book that marks Benz as a writer to watch."
A wide-ranging debut collection that spans time, genre, and place. Read full book review >

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GLADYS GOES OUT TO LUNCH by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Like Gladys's bananas, Anderson's story is simple comfort food, with eye-candy artwork providing a welcome dash of spice. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gladys is a gorilla (never mind that she's purple, for there is more color on these pages than a harlequin's Technicolor dream coat). Read full book review >

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HOW THE EASTER BUNNY SAVED CHRISTMAS by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A fast pace, broad humor and silly puns add to the effort, as do the super-sized illustrations in neon-bright, jewel tones, but the overall effect is rather frenetic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Santa is injured by a falling toy train on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus phones the Easter Bunny to save the day. Read full book review >

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SOMEONE STOLE MY BELLY BUTTON by Derek Yu
by Derek Yu, illustrated by Derek Yu, developed by Derek Yu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2013

"A bit rough around the edges, but any mention of 'belly button' will reliably elicit gales of giggles from younger readers and listeners. (iPad storybook app. 4-6.)"
Considerably more polished of software design than art, story or orthography, this bilingual episode features a thoroughly cute ninja panda who discovers the peril of napping outdoors without covering up. Read full book review >

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SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT by Derek Landy
FANTASY
Released: April 3, 2007

"Expect sequels. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A high-intensity tale shot through with spectacular magic battles, savage mayhem, cool outfits, monsters, hidden doors, over-the-top names, narrow escapes, evil schemes and behavior heroic, ambiguous and really, really bad. Read full book review >

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Released: March 29, 1989

The death throes of religious belief from the accession of Victoria Regina to the publication of Eliot's The Waste Land. Read full book review >

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KICKING THE PRICKS by Derek Jarman
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The rich, raw, kaleidoscopic finale of a personal and artistic statement. (100 b&w photos, not seen)"
This impassioned and reflective final volume in the late avant-garde filmmaker's diaries articulately mixes personal recollections, travelogues, and interviews, plus a few fantastic vignettes thrown in. Read full book review >