Search Results: "Gregory Blake Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MADONNA OF LAS VEGAS by Gregory Blake Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 23, 2005

"The author provides first a tragic and then a happy ending, relying in both cases on the readers' emotions to give the dénouement a weight his highly artificial text has not earned."
An arch metaphysical mystery from Smith (The Divine Comedy of John Venner, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"As a comic character study of weak John Venner, it's a delight to the end."
Fast-paced morality tale by the author of The Devil in the Dooryard (1986). Read full book review >

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OUR FAMILY DREAMS by Daniel Blake Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Incomparable sources make for an unusually intimate American portrait."
The lives and fortunes of ambitious 19th-century brothers. Read full book review >

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ALPHABEASTS by Dick King-Smith
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Splendid fun. (Poetry/Picture book. 6+)"
An author of popular animal fantasies proves that he's as witty a poet as he is a storyteller—here, prefacing 26 comical verse portraits with four somewhat more sober quatrains recalling species that have "shot their bolt and had their chips/And run their course and breathed their last." Read full book review >

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CHRONAL ENGINE by Greg Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2012

"Action and enthusiasm aplenty, but, like most time-travel tales, not much for internal logic. (recommended reading) (Science fiction. 10-12)"
A Back to the Future-style romp through time, though with more loose ends than a bowl of spaghetti. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 1996

"A deft, amusing look at history, life, and people in a small southern town, as well as at a large-scale adventure in renovation. (18 b&w line drawings)"
For sale: century-old Joye Cottage, 60 rooms, including 12 baths, billiard room, ballroom, 100-foot veranda; needs work. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"A well-written, well-researched version of an oft-told saga."
A vivid new history of the 19th-century Cherokee removal and the Trail of Tears. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A LION AMONG MEN by Gregory Maguire
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Maguire's inspired world-building strides from strength to strength."
The further adventures of L. Frank Baum's beloved characters are more fatefully connected with the political history of Oz in this third installment of Maguire's justly praised revisionist series. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 1993

"Fine writing, Kodachrome vision, and superintense drama: a real plum for true-crime fans. (Eight pages of b&w photographs- -not seen)"
Sweeping murder-and-megabucks true-life gothic, Texas-style. Read full book review >

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VAN GOGH by Steven Naifeh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Despite its exhaustive length, the book is brilliantly written and engaging, presenting a three-dimensional and larger-than-life portrait of the artist."
A gripping and almost certainly definitive account of the all-too-short life of a great artist who believed he was doomed to oblivion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAKING MIRACLES HAPPEN by Gregory White Smith
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 27, 1997

What might have been simply another personal account of surviving cancer is in fact an empowering document for anyone with a life-threatening illness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A thrilling adventure story gracefully told."
An energetic examination of the maritime disaster that, surprisingly, cemented England's claim to a colonial empire in the Americas. Read full book review >