Search Results: "James Anderson"


BOOK REVIEW

EVA'S EYE by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Originally published in Norway in 1995, this tour de force doesn't have the remorseless wall-to-wall creepiness of Sejer's most chilling cases (The Caller, 2012, etc.). But it's more than a worthy introduction to one of Norway's leading cops for newcomers and a treasure for fans."
Inspector Sejer's first case. Read full book review >

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THE NEVER-OPEN DESERT DINER by James Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Anderson dedicates his book in memory of such masters of hard-boiled noir as Ross Macdonald, Robert B. Parker, and James Crumley, and it's the latter's gift for poetic description, antic violence, and roadside gothic that resounds most in what one hopes will be the beginning of a beautiful series."
The great tradition of hard-boiled crime novels finds new and promising territory in the Utah desert. Read full book review >

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I CAN SEE IN THE DARK by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Despite a conclusion as unsatisfying as it is inevitable, a chilling portrait of a dead-eyed devil whose self-excusing mantra is 'If I only had a woman!'"
Fossum gives Inspector Konrad Sejer (Eva's Eye, 2013, etc.) a sabbatical so she can plumb the depths of a sociopathic nurse without a corrective moral counterpart.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A LETTER TO THE KING by Leong Va
by Leong Va, translated by James Anderson, illustrated by Leong Va
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Chinese text that appears as a superscript is nowhere explained. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Translated from the Norwegian, an earnest fable about a girl who counters sexism in ancient China: she proves her value by presenting to the king, who is unjustly imprisoning her father, an eloquent letter offering to take his place. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUFFEN by Tor Age Bringsvaerd
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Ruffen's not quite another Little Toot, but younger readers will be pleased to see his fortitude properly recognized. (Picture book. 7-8)"
A small sea serpent becomes a big hero in this mildly offbeat Norwegian import. Read full book review >

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RUFFEN by Tor Age Bringsvaerd
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Still, the nonending of an ending will disappoint readers who have grown fond of Ruffen and his pals. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Having gained natatorial prowess (Ruffen: The Sea Serpent Who Couldn't Swim, 2008), little Ruffen's ready to explore the world, and when his Aunt Nessie invites him for a visit, off he goes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STORY COUNTY by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Chicken rocking her eggs to sleep, here's a cheery invitation to children to imagine stories or story stages of their own. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In a fit of metafictional worldbuilding, Farmer and four animals march gaily onto blank pages and proceed in steps to build a barn, pour out brown fields (from a bag of "Instant Farm Field"), plant tall cornstalks and haystacks, erect a scarecrow (a princess, thanks to Miss Cow) and finally paint in an evening sky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPACE PIRATES AND THE MONSTER OF MALSWOMP by Scoular Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The didactic purpose is well-disguised, though, beneath a barrage of silly names and cliffhangers. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The food-loving computer and multispecies crew of pirate ship Sleepy Sheep land on planet Pancayke in search of hidden treasure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DAY AT THE MARKET by Sara Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Despite some specific signage, the setting is generalized enough to stand in for similar markets almost anywhere, and the kaleidoscopic art nicely captures both the venue's characteristic bustle and its rich sensory experience. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bright, cut-paper-style illustrations compensate for decidedly patchwork rhyming in this affectionate tribute to Seattle's Pike Place Market. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE BURT AND WIGGLES by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A pure pleasure. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two best friends fail to keep summer from ending, but won't let winter end their friendship. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCE'S NEW PET by Brian Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Creepy, kooky and deftly delivered, this dark story offers a bright ending for readers who might think they've just outgrown fairy tales. (Picture book. 5-10)"
When the Queen died and her bereft king banished color from the kingdom, Prince Viridian's world turned the gloomiest gray. A mysterious present (a cute, colorful creature called a wooglefoof) crashes his birthday party and changes all that, spiriting its garish stripes across the castle and sending the king's Color Snatcher in fiendish, feverish pursuit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GLADYS GOES OUT TO LUNCH by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Like Gladys's bananas, Anderson's story is simple comfort food, with eye-candy artwork providing a welcome dash of spice. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gladys is a gorilla (never mind that she's purple, for there is more color on these pages than a harlequin's Technicolor dream coat). Read full book review >