Search Results: "Dirk Wales"


BOOK REVIEW

JACK LONDON’S DOG by Dirk Wales
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Moser's lovely engravings and a generally high production value give this volume visual interest, but that's not enough to rescue the whole. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Based on an episode from writer Jack London's life, this is a tale of a Yukon dog named Jack, which London may have known during his brief participation in the Alaskan gold rush. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"He depicts tough, hard-working men living with privation and pain for the sake of eight seconds of furious heroics."
A grueling year on the rodeo circuit with the bronc busters and bull riders who keep alive what Johnson calls America's ``most powerful myth.'' Joe Wimberley of Cool, Tex., is typical of the rodeo riders of the new Old West, says Johnson, Denver bureau chief of the New York Times. Read full book review >

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OUT OF MY LEAGUE by Dirk Hayhurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"Extraordinary experiences rendered in mostly ordinary prose."
The journeyman pitcher/author of The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran (2010) returns with an account of his struggles to reach and succeed in the Major Leagues—and to find true love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YUCATÁN IS MURDER by Dirk Wyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Your nerdy uncle gets creepy, transforming his vacation travelogue into Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Eyes Wide Shut. Worth reading only if that uncle is your hero."
Modern and Mayan cultures clash in scientist Ben Candidi's sixth adventure (Bahamas West End is Murder, 2005, etc.).Read full book review >

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THE RED QUEEN by Dirk Draulens
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"Poorly structured as fiction, but a riveting read nonetheless."
Dystopian first novel, a bestseller in Holland and Belgium, from a popular Dutch writer of nonfiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHARMAKON by Dirk Wittenborn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2008

"While the novel as a whole is a bit unfocused, the first part is a compulsive read and even after the narrative shifts to a dysfunctional family dynamic, Wittenborn holds the reader by examining Friedrich as a complex and sometimes monstrous paterfamilias."
A novel of psychopharmacological experimentation, revenge and family tragedy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CURSE IN REVERSE by Tom Coppinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"There's wry humor in both the text and the illustrations, and the working out of the curses will keep the reader's interest to the very last page. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Nothing, including "the curse in reverse," is quite what it seems in this quirky original fairy tale. Read full book review >

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THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Percival Everett
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A novel idea, developed with high style and wit. (Picture book. 6-9)"
An imaginatively silly premise is spun into an entertaining spoof by an accomplished illustrator and an author new to children's books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK WIND by Clive Cussler
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"A father-son action thriller penned by a father-son team that more than maintains the supercharged Cusslerian danger. Don't stir that silt!"
Eighteenth Dirk Pitt underwater sea-thriller (Trojan Odyssey, 2003, etc.), now co-authored with Cussler's son Dirk. Read full book review >

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BIGGER THAN THE GAME by Dirk Hayhurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"A flawed yet unique, personal story of an athlete's anguish at the end of his career."
A revealing yet occasionally tedious, seasonlong account of a major league pitcher on the outs. Read full book review >

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CURTAIN UP! by Dirk McLean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"The Kids' Book of Acting and Stagecraft (2002) or Thomas Schumacher and Jeff Kurtti's How Does the Show Go On (2007). (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a generic but encouraging way, McLean and Brassard take an aspiring (fictional) child actor named Amaya through typical stages from early auditions and rehearsals for a plainly low-budget professional stage production to Opening Night and subsequent rave reviews. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Some ideas worth considering, though Eldredge's rhetoric can leave a bitter aftertaste."
A slender work that examines US immigration policies and offers suggestions on reducing legal and illegal immigration. Read full book review >