Search Results: "James Anderson"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

LULLABY ROAD by James Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"At times, Anderson seems to take on more than he can chew, but the narrator's dolefully observant and engagingly self-deprecating voice holds together this cluttered tale."
"We are the trouble we seek," says Ben Jones, the half-Jewish, half-Native American trucker who narrates this book. That seems especially true of the lost souls traversing the bleak landscape of this harrowing, dryly antic novel. 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
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

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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MUCH ADO ABOUT NERDOM
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

Cover Story: Comic Love

BFF Charm: Make it Rain

Swoonworthy Scale: 8

Talky Talk: Bard Meets Buffy

Bonus Factors: Shakespeare, Diversity, Awesome Grownups

Factor: Pop Culture Overload

Relationship Status: Kindred Spirits

Cover Story: Comic Love

Purely judging this book by the cover, I’d figure the story ...


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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

TICK-TOCK by Lena Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 1998

"The book will sing to those who love Jill Murphy's A Quiet Night In (1994), and translates beautifully to uses in foster-care and group-home situations. (Picture book. 1-4)"
This bedtime story, populated with a variety of toy-like animals, will strike a chord with readers accustomed to wearing out their caregivers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEDGEHOG’S SECRET by Lena Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 5, 2001

"It's a great place to be,' ' says Hedgehog—and that's the spirit that pervades this tender episode. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The motherly hedgehog who welcomed visiting friends in Tea For Ten (2000) is suddenly meeting them at the door with " ‘I really don't have time just now, / I hope you'll understand somehow. / We'll eat and play another day, / but now I have to go, okay?' " Soon Pig, little Teddy, Elephant, and Lottie, a human child, are lined up on the bench beneath Hedgehog's window, wondering what's up. Read full book review >