Search Results: "Dougall A.S. Smith"


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REFLECTIONS by Dougall A.S. Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A collection that offers a range of insights into some of the most difficult metaphysical questions."
A posthumous collection of essays by an author who carefully dissects human relationships with God. Read full book review >

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THE DJINN IN THE NIGHTINGALE'S EYE by A.S. Byatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

Four short fairy tales with a contemporary edge, and one novella-length tale that brilliantly transforms a story of middle- age angst into a celebration of serendipity and sex. Read full book review >

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I CRAWL THROUGH IT by A.S. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Heavy stuff, as the title implies, and absolutely worthwhile. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A meditation on grief, guilt, and survival; King's most challenging work to date. Read full book review >

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STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO by A.S. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"King understands and writes teen anxieties like no other, resulting in difficult, resonant, compelling characters and stories. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
King, master of troubled protagonists and surreal plots, is at it again. Read full book review >

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ELEMENTALS by A.S. Byatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"An often enchanting further display of Byatt's fluent style and far-reaching imagination."
Six rather arbitrarily linked stories (which allegedly explore various "extremes and polarities") from the rococo stylist whose best fiction includes Booker Prize—winning Possession (1990) and the (rather similar) story collection The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye (1997). Read full book review >

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THE OXFORD BOOK OF ENGLISH SHORT STORIES by A.S. Byatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"All in all, one of Oxford's best, and another feather in Byatt's richly decorated cap."
A solid collection of 37 stories, presumably intended to accompany an earlier volume edited by the late V.S. Pritchett. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2001

"The overall effect is somewhat slight and rather disjointed, but not without attraction."
Seven essays by novelist Byatt (The Biographer's Tale, 2000, etc.), all ostensibly linked by the motifs of writing and reading fiction set in the past. Read full book review >

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BLACK ROCK WHITE CITY by A.S. Patric
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A grim, unsettling tale of wounded characters."
Devastated by the country's civil war, a Serbian couple is haunted by evil. Read full book review >

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EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS by A.S. King
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"Readers who look beyond these problems will find a resonant, uplifting story about not just getting through, but powering through, the tough times. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
An involving, if slightly uneven, follow-up to Printz Honor winner Please Ignore Vera Dietz (2010). Read full book review >

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PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by A.S. King
FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"The author depicts the journey to overcome a legacy of poverty, violence, addiction and ignorance as an arduous one, but Vera's path glimmers with grace and hope. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A harrowing but ultimately redemptive tale of adolescent angst gone awry. Read full book review >

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BABEL TOWER by A.S. Byatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Not Byatt's best."
An ambitious, intelligent work that, while aiming to get Britain's swinging '60s down pat, unfortunately scants the usual fictional elements, putting in their place a mordant and always perceptive historical critique. Read full book review >