Search Results: "Donald Nicholson-Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

THREE TO KILL by Jean-Patrick Manchette
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2002

"Writing with economy, deadpan irony, and an eye for the devastating detail, Manchette spins pulp fiction into literature."
A first appearance in English for the late Manchette (1942-95). Read full book review >

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PARIS VAGABOND by Jean-Paul Clébert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Altogether, they add to the impression that this is less a novel than a book of reportage. But no matter how it's classified, it's a sobering, eyes-wide-open view of the Paris no guidebook would care to portray."
"This is not supposed to be a Baedeker or some tourist guide": Clébert offers a hellish itinerary of the less fortunate quarters of Paris. Read full book review >

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THE MAD AND THE BAD by Jean-Patrick Manchette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"A minor masterpiece from a French novelist whose other recently reissued works include Fatale and The Prone Gunman."
A young beauty sprung from an insane asylum, a hired killer with a bad case of workplace anxiety, a calculating philanthropist and his orphaned nephew create nonstop havoc in this 1972 French novel, translated into English for the first time. Read full book review >

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THE CONSTABLE'S TALE by Donald Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Top-notch historical fiction, authentic in character and setting, laced with a mystery and a bit of international intrigue, right up to the whipsaw conclusion."
Being named Royal Constable and "leaving behind for good the brawlers and pranksters and wenchers he previously had kept company with" gives young North Carolina planter Harry Woodyard a chance to advance in Craven County society during the French and Indian War. Read full book review >

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ENEMIES OF SLAVERY by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Smith's awkward paintings are a sad complement to Adler's neither-fish-nor-fowl narrative—the whole is one of those many good intentions that pave the road to you-know-where. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Adler gives 14 "enemies of slavery," black and white, the barest bones of coverage in this series of thumbnail sketches. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEROES OF THE REVOLUTION by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"Stories of the American Revolution (p. 539). (contents, author's notes, important dates, source notes, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Adler presents 12 heroes of the American Revolution in an attractive, if slight, volume. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: May 18, 2006

"Try giving this to readers of Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn series and Garth Nix's Sabriel saga. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In this spectacular first installment of Nicholson's new fantasy series, readers meet Seeker for Truth on his eventful 16th birthday: He has a religious vision, sees his brother disgraced and leaves the land of his birth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLESH GUITAR by Geoff Nicholson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 1999

"A deft entertainment, bright, surprising, and, in its consideration of the impact of popular music on our imaginations, quite penetrating."
The wildly inventive Nicholson (Bleeding London, 1997, etc.) exuberantly lives up to his reputation with this witty, ingenious fable about a rock-and-roll guitarist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"Similar to but less noisy than John Dos Passos's U.S.A.: Selective, well-chosen fragments add up to a living history."
A catalog of primary sources creatively fashioned by novelist and National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Baker (Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, 2001, etc.) tells the grim story of the making of two world wars. Read full book review >

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HOUSE REPORT by Deborah Nicholson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2004

"Unfortunately, Kate's breeziness and self-regard undermine Nicholson's attempt to inject menace and obsession into a debut that shares its heroine's faults."
A sprightly Canadian update of The Phantom of the Opera that substitutes greater civility for the sewers. Read full book review >