Search Results: "Herman Koch"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAR MR. M by Herman Koch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Koch is consistently attuned to our hidden foibles and fakery, which makes for deliberately discomfiting reading. Sleeker writing would enhance its impact."
A man contemplates getting back at the novelist who exploited his life in fiction. Read full book review >

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THE DINNER by Herman Koch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"At its best, a chilling vision of the ugliness of keeping up appearances."
A high-class meal provides an unlikely window into privilege, violence and madness. Read full book review >

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SUMMER HOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL by Herman Koch
Released: June 3, 2014

"A sly psychological thriller lurks within this pitch-dark comedy of manners, yet its ending manages to raise far more questions than it solves."
In this disquieting novel from Koch (The Dinner, 2013, etc.), sex, celebrity and medical ethics become inextricably tangled as a summer idyll goes nightmarishly wrong. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE GETS GRAPHIC
by Julie Danielson

It’s a good time, many say a golden age, for graphic novels and comics. The proliferation of such high-quality graphic novels also means that there are publishers out there creating such books specifically for younger readers. (Take TOON Books, for instance. Here is my 2014 Kirkus chat with the Editorial Director, Françoise Mouly, about bringing comics to the easy-reader format ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HIGHWAYS TO A WAR by Christopher J. Koch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Koch's complicated point of view seems mechanical at times, but on the whole he's given us an absorbing, deeply moving story. (First printing of 35,000; author tour)"
A desperate tale of love and heroism, set mostly in Cambodia during the rise of the Khmer Rouge, from the Australian author of the novel and classic independent film The Year of Living Dangerously (1979). Read full book review >

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EMPIRE OF DUST by Eleanor Herman
ROMANCE
Released: June 28, 2016

"This middle volume offers a rising plot and ever bigger baddies; anyone who makes it this far is definitely in for Volume 3. (author's note; discussion guide) (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
The second outing in Herman's Blood of Gods and Royals series following Legacy of Kings (2015), continuing the tale of Alexander the Great and his compatriots as teens. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHT OF COMMON DAY by John Herman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 1997

"Even working against the pitfalls of a wildly overused genre, he's able to bring in light, color, feeling, and life."
Second-novelist Herman (The Weight of Love, 1995) chooses a genre—adolescent coming of age—that as book editor he must have seen in an excess beyond measure. Read full book review >

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DOG by Michelle Herman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2005

"A dry, internal work about the underappreciated and underloved."
A brief, winsome novella about an English professor at a midwestern college who gets a dog instead of a life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REHNQUIST COURT by Herman Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Expect worse, the authors warn, should Bush get a shot at appointing another justice. Those inclined to think that the present judiciary is awful enough will find plenty of ammunition in these pages."
Broaden the powers of the police, attack women's right to choose, erode a few personal freedoms, and crown a right-wing president against the will of the people, and voilà: "Ronald Reagan's efforts to reshape the American judiciary have succeeded." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAWGIVER by Herman Wouk
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A breezy romp about movies and religion that gives both short shrift."
The nonagenarian novelist takes a curious, epistolary path toward the epic about Moses that has long defeated him. Read full book review >