Search Results: "H.M. Blanc"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"A masterfully written exploration of the beauty and cruelty of love, as sharp as it is sensual."
A disillusioned writer travels to the tropics in search of inspiration in Blanc's emotionally astute debut novel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A mesmerizing, maddening story and a model of journalistic investigation."
Oliver Sacks meets Stephen King in a piercing study of one of psychiatric medicine's darker hours. Read full book review >

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THE PASSAGES OF H.M. by Jay Parini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"An appealing portrait of a questing, turbulent spirit."
Following novels based on Tolstoy (The Last Station, 1990) and Walter Benjamin (Benjamin's Crossing, 1997), Parini offers his seventh: a piquant exploration of the life of Herman Melville as sailor, writer and family man. Read full book review >

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A CROSSWORD TO DIE FOR by Nero Blanc
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 2002

"The center of this puzzle remains a blank."
That difficult father, Dr. Theodore Graham, stands up his newlywed daughter, crossword-puzzle constructor Belle Graham (The Crossword Connection, 2001), by dying en route to a rare visit. Read full book review >

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A CROSSWORDER’S HOLIDAY by Nero Blanc
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The target audience for this volume are readers who can accept its highly artificial premise—mysteries solved exclusively by working out crossword puzzles—times five."
Crossword constructor Belle Graham and her private investigator husband Rosco Polycrates (A Crossword to Die For, 2002, etc.) travel to five cozy locations to enjoy a winter holiday—in this set of short stories that, in the silly tradition of Busman's Honeymoon, feature mysteries that intrude on the couple's vacations. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER WORD FOR MURDER by Nero Blanc
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2005

"Catnip for crossword fans who'll enjoy the six included puzzles—and for anyone else who can overlook the convoluted, improbable mystery."
Since their dogs are already such good friends, it's no surprise that Karen Tacete and her daughter Lily turn to crossword constructor Belle Graham and her p.i. husband Rosco Polycrates for help when her husband vanishes. Read full book review >

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VIII by H.M. Castor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Readers will be caught up by the sweeping tale, which is more successful than many similar attempts at bringing a fascinating historical character and period to life. (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
British historian Castor chooses a well-rehearsed period of history to re-examine what made the Tudor monarch tick from a new perspective. Read full book review >

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ORVIS by H.M. Hoover
Released: Aug. 1, 1987

"A friendly and cheerful story, with Orris particularly well-drawn; a little predictable, but the threats and rescues are believable, and the theme of tension between spacers and earth people isn't overworked."
Two spacer kids stranded on earth befriend an ancient robot, and together they find sanctuary. Read full book review >

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HOME BOY by H.M. Naqvi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A breezy, thoughtful and witty novel about the immigrant experience."
In this case the homies are Pakastani-Americans and Pakistanis who want to be American—at least until 9/11 upsets the cultural balance. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"So, as science fiction, this gets a fiction 8, science 5."
Abby, already at 12 a cheerful hostess at the fashionable inn her great-uncle runs on Earth, takes an instant dislike to Brian, the snobbish, arrogant son of wealthy off-Earth settlers. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Beautifully written, fully realized, fast-paced—this blurs the line between fantasy and history and has winner written all over it. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An original, remarkable and very true debut. Read full book review >