Search Results: "Dolores M. Koch"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST POPE by Luís Miguel Rocha
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 2008

"The novel, an international bestseller, is nearly as messy as the actual bank scandal it draws on."
The mysterious death of Pope John Paul I and the evil machinations of real-life figures from Vatican bank scandals enmesh a pretty Portuguese reporter and her mysterious defender. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TALE OF THE DISPOSSESSED by Laura Restrepo
Released: Aug. 6, 2004

"Vividly detailed, a florid fantasy that suggests the miraculous potential of hope and love in the midst of perpetual war."
The fourth from Colombian Restrepo (The Dark Bride, 2002, etc.) traces an unlikely romance between a displaced man—raised in the hell of the country's decades-long civil war—and an outsider. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISLE OF PASSION by Laura Restrepo
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Improbable, sure, but that's not a bad thing in a historical romance this vivid and entertaining."
The Colombian author's previously untranslated 1999 debut novel is arguably her best: a ripping yarn that recreates an obscure historical incident. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANGEL OF GALILEA by Laura Restrepo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"This transparent piffle, already an international success, arrives garlanded with praises from Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez—whose tongues, one assumes, must be very sore from being held so firmly in their cheeks."
This fulsome first novel from Colombia portrays the changed sensibility of a woman reporter who investigates rumors that an angel has shown up in a Bogot† barrio. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE GETS GRAPHIC
by Julie Danielson

It’s a good time, many say a golden age, for graphic novels and comics. The proliferation of such high-quality graphic novels also means that there are publishers out there creating such books specifically for younger readers. (Take TOON Books, for instance. Here is my 2014 Kirkus chat with the Editorial Director, Françoise Mouly, about bringing comics to the easy-reader format ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NOW LET ME FLY by Dolores Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"Excellent author's note. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Minna narrates her kidnapping by slave traders as a child in Africa and the rough passage to America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DINNER by Herman Koch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"At its best, a chilling vision of the ugliness of keeping up appearances."
A high-class meal provides an unlikely window into privilege, violence and madness. Read full book review >

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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2005

"This is a more readable and visually appealing version than Laura Litwin's Matthew Henson: Co-Discoverer of the North Pole (2001). (chronology, resource list) (Biography. 10-13)"
"Our breath was frozen to our hoods of fur and our cheeks and noses frozen . . . it was a night of Plutonian Purgatory." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRESSED TO KILL by Dolores Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 2007

"Johnson's format is as serviceable as a gray pinstripe suit, and about as exciting."
A drycleaner loses her cool over a serial killer who's picking off her patrons before they can pick up their clothes. Read full book review >