Search Results: "Jack Finney"


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FROM TIME TO TIME by Jack Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Zestless."
A sequel to the classic Time and Again (1970) that, like many reprises of a once-good idea, fails to live up to the original. Read full book review >

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THE FIREDRAKE'S EYE by Patricia Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"In all: just fine. (And there's an invaluable list of characters with real personages starred.)"
By the author of two superior adventures set in Roman Britain (A Shadow of Gulls, 1977; The Crow Goddess, 1979), a splendid Elizabethan cat-and-mouse, spy-and-chase tale based on real events of 1583, and featuring dazzling, death-teasing principals surrounding a Spanish plot to assassinate Elizabeth I. Spies and counterspies, warriors, poets and poet madmen, pawns and populace- -all speak here in a diction remarkably echoing with the flavor of an earlier English—gamy, efficient, unobtrusive, unblemished by sprinklings of ``i` faith'' or other cribbings from the Bard. Read full book review >

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No More Magic Wands by George Finney
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 2016

"A lively plot and brief chapters will evoke CEOs' and business managers' memories of bedtime stories—and make them want to learn more about preparing for cyberthreats."
An imaginative fairy tale that also acts as a primer on cybersecurity. Read full book review >

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LONG BLACK VEIL by Jennifer Finney Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Smart ideas, great characters, shaky storytelling."
A return to fiction by the author of Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders (2013) and She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders (2003). Read full book review >

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LITTLE LOUIE by Kathryn Finney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The story and theme have been done many times before and with much more success. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little dog learns how to be himself. Read full book review >

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THE CONSTELLATIONS by James Finney Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

The promised sequel to The Planets, Boylan's 1991 saga of the sociopathic human menagerie of Centralia, Pa.—the town that sits atop a mine fire that's smoldered out of control since 1962—is just as mad, though by no means as magical. ``I wish you wanted me,'' unlovely teen Phoebe Harrison tells her long-deserted mother in a typed note she forgetfully leaves behind en route to the tattoo parlor one summer day. Read full book review >

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GETTING IN by James Finney Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Despite some genuine humor—particularly during the interviews themselves—Boylan's uninspired creation suffers from another symptom of creative fatigue: improbably tidy resolutions of the half-dozen, imprecisely explored anxieties that salt the proceeding."
In a novel so light it threatens to drift free of the reader's imagination with the first decent rerun of The Paper Chase, Boylan (The Planets, 1991; The Constellation, 1994) has contrived a fiction lacking in the richness of plot that made his earlier work such a hoot yet neglects to supply the compensations of well-developed characters, whose maturation is the theme here. Read full book review >

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JACK AND REBEL, THE POLICE DOG by Patricia Finney
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"An author's note provides background on the real dogs and cats who served as the models for the characters in the story, and a glossary of 'Jackspeak' helps the reader translate Jack's language into more familiar terms. (Fiction. 9-11)"
This sequel to I, Jack (2004) continues the first-person narrative format in the unique canine-centered style of the previous volume, though this breathless narration wears thin in such a long story. Read full book review >

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I, JACK by Patricia Finney
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Includes an author's note and a glossary of 'Jackspeak.' (Fiction. 8-11)"
This dog story with a difference is written in first-person narrative from the viewpoint of Jack, a yellow Lab who lives with a family with three children and three cats. Read full book review >

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CALIFORNIA TIME by Ernest J. Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Nice vignettes, but little more."
A well-crafted but narratively undercooked story of life in California's Central Valley during the three decades following WW I. Finney, as in his previous fiction with California settings (Flights in the Heavenlies, 1996, etc.), deftly evokes both time and place with appropriately vivid descriptions—e.g., the way raisins are made and strawberries picked—but the story told here by his various and sundry characters is more like a motley collection of sketches than a full rural saga. Read full book review >

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FLIGHTS IN THE HEAVENLIES by Ernest J. Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"Stories finely crafted and paced that often falter at the finish line."
Six stories with vivid West Coast settings and characters who, when appropriate, beguile and alarm even if they cumulatively lack an energizing edginess. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2008

"A lovely, heartening piece of work."
Growing up in a haunted house while inhabiting the wrong body. Read full book review >