Search Results: "George Sims"


BOOK REVIEW

THE END OF THE WEB  by George  Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"More proficient than The Last Best Friend (reviewed below) but less distinctive; after the brilliantly overheated opening movement, the detection is strictly routine, with little to show at the appropriately inconclusive fade-out."
Poisoned Pen exhumes a 1976 novel by Sims (1923-99) as further evidence in support of the proposition that "life is an obstacle race with most of the obstacles grouped at the far end." Read full book review >

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THE LAST BEST FRIEND by George  Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The result, very reminiscent of John le Carré's early detective stories Call for the Dead and A Murder of Quality, is a heightened sense of contrast between the vague impressions the hero's always assumed are reliable and the yawning gulf beneath."
Poisoned Pen's line of British Library Classic Thrillers takes a leap forward from the golden age in reprinting this 1967 tale by antiquarian bookseller Sims (1923-99), who certainly writes what he knows. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2011

"Packed with the same kind of sensory detail its subject reveled in, this account is an honorable addition to the literature of letters."
An affectionate biography examines the birth of an American classic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Great fun."
A lighthearted exploration of the human body, drawing on myth, religion, art, pop culture, history, biology, and any other -ology that suits the purpose here: to delight, astound, and inform. Read full book review >

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DAMN STRAIGHT by Elizabeth Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"Though the plot's a tad thin, the Dinah and sports celebrities are well-handled, and there's much charm and deprecating humor in Lillian's instructions to Truby."
When Lillian Byrd's best friend Truby decides to give up on men, she insists Lillian (Holy Hell, not reviewed) coach her in the protocol of lesbian courtship. Read full book review >

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ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK by Michael Sims
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Even the most learned of Baker Street Irregulars will enjoy Sims' look at the making of Sherlock Holmes."
Those were the footprints of a gigantic…forensic scientist! Read full book review >

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WHITE DIALOGUES by Bennett Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A deft collection of spooky fables that pivots from classic stylings to postmodern irony."
Eleven eerie, dryly witty short stories by novelist Sims (A Questionable Shape, 2013). Read full book review >

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FRANKENSTEIN DREAMS by Michael Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Although the science in these stories is dated, the thematic profundity and historical context make this anthology a thought-provoking and undeniably entertaining read."
The latest anthology of Victorian genre fiction from Sims (Arthur and Sherlock, 2017, etc.) focuses on historically significant science fiction and includes tales from Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Arthur Conan Doyle. Read full book review >

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THE EXTRA by Elizabeth Sims
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 2009

"Rita's sophomore outing leaves her playing second fiddle to Sims's more appealing sleuth, Lillian Byrd (Easy Street, 2005, etc.)."
Her work as a movie extra pays Rita Farmer's law-school tuition and almost gets her killed. Read full book review >

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SWIMMING NAKED by Stacy Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2004

"A standard belated-coming-of-ager, but nicely worked out and genuinely affecting—even if too long and sometimes plodding."
Cincinnati columnist Sims debuts with the ordeal of a young woman who returns to her childhood home to put her family ghosts to rest. Read full book review >

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GEORGE SAUNDERS
by David L. Ulin

George Saunders never meant to write a novel. Or maybe he had come to a certain acceptance about his work. “I had gotten to the place,” he admits, over the phone from Santa Cruz, California, where he is on book tour, “where I was all right with not writing a novel. You know, me and Alice Munro: we don’t ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE ACTRESS by Elizabeth Sims
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 3, 2008

"In her first departure from her Lillian Byrd series (Easy Street, 2005, etc.), Sims crafts a page-turner from stem to stern."
A penniless actress hired to coach a woman on trial for killing her child finds even more mystery behind the case. Read full book review >