Search Results: "Derek Munson"


BOOK REVIEW

ENEMY PIE by Derek Munson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Invite readers to order up a bowl of Betsy Everitt's Mean Soup (1992) instead, or a slice of Margie Palatini's Piggie Pie (1995). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Bland pictures and superficial presentation sink this problem-solver. Read full book review >

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LOS VAQUEROS by Sammye Munson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"While the Mexican influence on the origins of the cowboy is neglected, this book doesn't tend to the oversight. (b&w photos, not seen, glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 7-10)"
A fictional narrator, Francisco, tells about life on his Texas ranch, and passes along the stories his grandfather told him about the vaqueros, the Mexican cowboys. Read full book review >

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THE WAR AGAINST THE ASSHOLES by Sam Munson
Released: June 16, 2015

"Is Munson's second novel (The November Criminals, 2010) an unsatisfyingly resolved stand-alone or the prelude to a larger series? It doesn't really matter."
Some teenagers joy ride; some join gangs; some do drugs; and some, apparently, do magic. Read full book review >

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NOTHING HUMAN by Ronald Munson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 1991

"Lacks the psychological depth of, say, Thomas Harris, but vivid characters and a hurtling plotline add up to sleek and sure escapist entertainment, just right for its beach-time publication date."
Here's an unusual fiction debut: a formulaic but tight and swift serial-killer thriller—by a professor of philosophy of science and medicine (at the Univ. of Missouri). Read full book review >

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NIGHT VISION by Ronald Munson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 1995

"William Gibson salad that lacks the former's pulp grossness and the latter's technical byte."
Evidently, Munson (Fan Mail, 1993, etc.) can't get enough of the twisted-obsession angle he's used to construct previous thrillers. Read full book review >

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MARIA FITZHERBERT by James Munson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Impressively detailed, and with a lively tone, but perhaps best for truly dedicated royalists. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Editor/historian Munson's (Victoria: Portrait of a Queen, not reviewed) account of a little-known romantic scandal of the British monarchy: the Prince of Wales' strange 1785 marriage to a twice-widowed Catholic woman. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Readers will certainly not agree with Munson in all cases, but he does a service in raising the issues and pointing to the needs of an aging society in which health care is anything but equitable."
One man's take on the art, science, and ethics of organ transplantation. Given the author's other life as a thriller writer (Night Vision, 1995, etc.), it's not too surprising that the take is often as melodramatic as the title. Read full book review >

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FAN MAIL by Ronald Munson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 10, 1993

"We like the chances you've taken with form, though, and we wish you success with your next and awaited novel."
Dear Mr. Munson: What a bright idea: an epistolary thriller, telling through letters, faxes, E-mail, phone messages, etc., how a TV anchorwoman is stalked by a homicidal fan self-dubbed ``The Watcher.'' And so timely, too, with the epistolary Griffin & Sabine cruising bestseller lists. Read full book review >

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THE NOVEMBER CRIMINALS by Sam Munson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 20, 2010

"Echoes of James Fuerst's Huge (2009) and the 2005 film Brick abound, but deft comic timing and a caustic, ambitious protagonist make this a perfectly valid entry in the teen noir subgenre."
High-school student with dreams of collegiate glory investigates the murder of a classmate. Read full book review >