Search Results: "Gard Skinner"


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GAME SLAVES by Gard Skinner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Skinner's debut pairs authentic gaming action with old-school, sophisticated science-fiction concepts to create a twisty, reality-warping ride. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Self-aware nonplayer characters, here video game enemies, try to escape the digital world. Read full book review >

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THE RIGHTEOUS CUT by Robert Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Its scattershot plot and overcrowded cast of underdeveloped characters alternately frustrate and confuse."
When his crony Jack Amsterdam is murdered in December, 1941, ostensibly by a prostitute at the Bella Creole Hotel, corrupt New Orleans councilman Whit Richards is rattled. Read full book review >

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BRIMSTONE by Alan Skinner
Released: Oct. 30, 2010

"A worthy read, perfect for the young adult, fantasy loving set; true devotees will anxiously await the next installment in this original series."
A young girl's life changes dramatically when she becomes the apprentice to one of the most famed alchemists of her time. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1999

"Skinner's often humorous portrayal of young adolescents is on target, and while the stories resemble writing exercises, lacking the sustained, pulse-pounding poetic turns of his novels, they are consistently entertaining. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 9-14)"
In a well-written gambol through weirdness, Skinner (The Wrecker, 1995, etc.) offers four highly imaginative short stories about young people with supernatural powers. Read full book review >

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SONG OF THE SUBURBS by Simon Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"Anyone who grew up before MTV, however, would be better off sticking to Jane Austen."
An in-your-face chronicle of life on the road in present-day Britain, by a first-time author whose primary ambition seems to be the re-creation of every sexual encounter his narrator's had since childhood. Read full book review >

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THE WRECKER by David Skinner
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Skinner stretches the boundaries of children's fiction with an unforgettable story. (Fiction. 12+)"
A mind-bender-cum-novel, set against the bleak landscapes of schoolyard bullying. Read full book review >

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THE EDGE OF FARALLON by Peter Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2017

"A poetic family drama with mercy and cruelty in high relief."
A novel about secrets, betrayals, and love revolves around a fight for land. Read full book review >

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AMNESIA NIGHTS by Quinton Skinner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 29, 2004

"Spelled out on a level you don't expect. But plenty of reader stickum."
Quasi-debut fiction. Read full book review >

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PALE SHADOW by Robert Skinner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Another turbulent period valentine in which everybody is constantly asking obliging bartenders about everybody else, and nobody pays for a single drink."
The opening tableau—contract killer Dixie Ray Chavez standing beside the body of ex-bootlegger Luis Martinez's girlfriend Linda Blanc, whose heart gave out while Chavez was working her over with an electric iron—is only a curtain-raiser for the feast of violence that marks Martinez's falling-out with aspiring counterfeiter Santiago Compasso. Read full book review >

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THE RED DANCER by Richard Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2002

"Despite its determined lack of momentum: a mosaic as impressively enigmatic as its notorious subject."
British journalist/reviewer Skinner's first novel is a teasingly inconclusive portrait of the celebrated dancer and alleged spy Mata Hari by those who ought to have known her best. Read full book review >

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The Antichrist of Kokomo County by David Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A stylish novel from a fine comedic storyteller who hopefully has more than one book in him."
Skinner's debut novel is a clever, funny chronicle of an apocalypse narrowly averted and of greatness diverted. Read full book review >