Search Results: "Jack Finney"


BOOK REVIEW

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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SNOOPING OUT STORIES WITH JACK
by Julie Danielson

I’ve probably said this before right here at my Kirkus blog, so I apologize for any redundancy, but it is a spectacular thing to hear award-winning author Jack Gantos give a presentation. Anywhere. I always want to stand up when he’s done, and (complete with lots of fist pumps) yell, “Now, that is why I chose to work in the ...


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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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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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WHAT GOES AROUND
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack

Cover Story: Viking Cute
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Real Boy
Bonus Factor: Unexpected Friendships
Relationship Status: Maybe in a Few Years 

Cover Story: Viking Cute

A cutesy viking is kind of an oxymoron when you think about the actual history of vikings, but this one with ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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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GLORIANA’S TORCH by Patricia Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Ambitious, engrossing, full of melodramatic thunder."
A richly imagined answer to a vexing question: Why did the mighty ships of the Spanish Armada fail in their mission? 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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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 >