Search Results: "Em Garner"


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MERCY MODE by Em Garner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Volume 2 of this smart series builds momentum and suspense, raises stakes and expands narrative scope—in short, plan on a marathon, up-all-night read. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
ThinPro, the diet drink that unleashed the Contamination, is history; its effects—victims descend, zombielike, into mindless violence—are anything but. Read full book review >

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CONTAMINATED by Em Garner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 23, 2013

"Velvet's a child forced into early adulthood. Echoing the reality millions of young adults worldwide face daily, this dystopia speaks to a wide range of readers, including reluctant ones. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)"
Two years after a diet drink with genetically modified ingredients transformed countless Americans into mindlessly violent animals, the Contaminated are controlled by electronic collars, and the unclaimed are housed in kennels like that in which Velvet Ellis, 17, finds her mother. Read full book review >

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SHIFT by Em Bailey
Released: May 22, 2012

"If the pacing is too leisurely for suspense, sheer inventiveness should keep readers turning pages in this debut for teens that serves up half a delicious meal. (Paranormal suspense. 12 & up)"
The intriguing plot points and themes on offer here could easily power several novels; frustratingly, none is fully developed. Read full book review >

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THE SPECIAL ONES by Em Bailey
Released: July 18, 2017

"A complex, enthralling page-turner. (Thriller. 12-17)"
A teenage girl struggles to survive as one of four young spiritual guides held captive by a mysterious cult leader in this chiller from Australia. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 20, 1967

"In a reluctant afterward, Mr. Garner identifies his sources; he has already transcended them in a story that requires but repays close attention."
For Alan Garner, the power of Celtic myth is inseparable from the power of magic; as he renews the one he frees the other in a remarkable interpretation that leaves the reader wondering. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 18, 1981

"A handy little primer for the terminally tongue-tied."
A fairly lucid attempt at charting the twists and turns of everyday conversation for those who haven't mastered the art. Read full book review >

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ELIDOR by Alan Garner
Released: April 1, 1967

"The obvious weaknesses are a certain flatness of style and the lack of definition of character, the stillborn aspect of faerieland: we don't know Elidor or the children intimately enough to care what happens to them, nor to regret, in the case of the children, that they are little touched by the sum of their experiences."
"The finding is chance. Wasteland and boundaries, places that are neither one thing nor the other, neither here nor there—these are the gates of Elidor." Read full book review >

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THE OWL SERVICE by Alan Garner
Released: Sept. 25, 1968

"An uncommon book for uncommon readers of some maturity."
The mystery of spirits loosed, of souls possessed, assumes a dimension beyond fantasy in Alan Garner's latest book, which is his finest if also his most elliptical. Read full book review >

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THE SPARE ROOM by Helen Garner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

"Wit, simplicity and scorching honesty distinguish an understated triumph."
In a short, wise, oddly uplifting novel by Australian writer Garner, an old friend dying of cancer makes a memorable final visit. Read full book review >

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The Soul Dick: An American Romance by Em L. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2016

"A clever tale about a detective's daunting case from a promising author."
In this debut novel, Mason Burr resembles no other private eye in the much-loved genre; the bad guys he targets turn out to be his clients' hang-ups. Read full book review >

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THE GUIZER by Alan Garner
Released: Aug. 16, 1976

"And if readers can't always be expected to follow Gamer's train of thought, he well might prod them to speculation of their own."
Garner begins his brief introduction by naming his subject, The Fool in folklore-but this is no collection of numbskull tales, though a few such anecdotes are included. Read full book review >