Search Results: "Iris Van Rynbach"


BOOK REVIEW

A STRANGE DAY by Iris van der Heide
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"A breezy, kid-savvy delight. (Picture book. 3-8)"
One windy day—the one on which Jack will learn if he's won the drawing contest—the postman has a mishap. Read full book review >

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THE RED CHALK by Iris van der Heide
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Readers will be unmoved by the weak ending, and even non-reflective ones will come away wondering why Sara doesn't just put herself into one of her own enticing scenarios. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a tale that decidedly misses the mark, a child keeps trading toys and other items because she becomes bored with them—but at the same time shows a vivid streak of imagination. Read full book review >

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ON THE RUN by Iris Johansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 27, 2005

"A blurry suspense story directed at the reader's feminine side."
A forced, hackneyed thriller set around the taming of a pair of toughened ex-CIA agents marks Johansen's latest departure from her Eve Duncan series (Countdown, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"Though it lacks the gravity and grace of Lynn Pan's Sons of the Yellow Emperor (1994), which covers much of the same ground, this is a solid addition in a far-from-exhausted field."
California-based historian Chang (The Rape of Nanking, 1997, etc.) searches out common themes in the Chinese immigrant experience over time. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING SPECIAL by Iris Murdoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2000

"The recent warmhearted memoirs by Murdoch's husband, John Bayley (Elegy for Iris, 1999), virtually guarantee a receptive audience for this rather odd publication. But admirers of Iris Murdoch at her best may well wonder what all the fuss is about."
This thoroughly unremarkable short story (of which only an excerpt previously appeared, in a 1957 anthology) won't add anything to the deservedly high reputation of the late (1918-99) author of such enchantments as The Bell, Bruno's Dream, and The Green Knight. Read full book review >

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FIRESTORM by Iris Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2004

"Must . . . please . . . fans."
Psychic arson investigator. Read full book review >

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THE FACE OF DECEPTION by Iris Johansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"A sequel is on its way, and perhaps with that Johansen will deliver what she only promises here."
Johansen (And Then You Die, 1998, etc.) leaves romance behind for some pedestrian adventure and a stab at emotional healing. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Philosophical-minded readers will relish Murdoch's argument, surely one of the most elegant and impassioned metaphysical forays in recent years."
Though best known as a novelist, Murdoch (The Message to the Planet, 1989, etc.)—as her years teaching at Oxford attest—is a notable philosopher as well (Acastos, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >

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UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch
Released: May 20, 1954

"In other words, take the fun and let the moral go."
A light and gay, for the most part, English novel of what Jake Donaghue goes through before he finds a new place to live when Madge kicks him our- along with his friend Finn- for the sake of Sacred Sammy Starfield, fabulous bookie and spiv. Read full book review >

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BODY OF LIES by Iris Johansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 26, 2002

"Elementary prose studded with innumerable clichés. But the convoluted storyline of this, Johansen's sixtieth novel (Final Target, 2001, etc.), is sure to please faithful fans."
A forensic sculptor still searches for her murdered daughter's face in every skull she reconstructs. Read full book review >

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MY AUNT RUTH by Iris Rosofsky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 15, 1991

"There's much of value here, but it hasn't been developed to good advantage. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Though her parents deplore Ruth's ``bohemian'' lifestyle, stage-struck Patty dearly loves her glamorous actress aunt; the two are true friends and confidantes. Read full book review >