Search Results: "James Patterson"


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POP GOES THE WEASEL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1999

"Kinky mayhem, a cartoonish villain, regular glimpses of the kindly Cross caring for his loved ones, and an ending that spells a sequel: Patterson's fans couldn't ask for more."
After a flight in fantasy with When the Wind Blows (1998), Patterson goes to ground with another slash-and-squirm psychokiller page-turner, this one dedicated to "the millions of Alex Cross readers, who so frequently ask, can't you write faster?" Read full book review >

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CRADLE AND ALL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2000

"Post-Exorcist horror clichés, updated with a handful of contemporary references."
Warn the fans: this isn't a new Alex Cross psychokiller foray (Pop Goes the Weasel, 1999, etc.), but instead a rewritten and retitled version of Virgin, Patterson's apocalyptic 1980 horror novel. Read full book review >

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MAXIMUM RIDE by James Patterson
ADVENTURE
Released: May 23, 2006

"These questions are yet unanswered, leaving readers breathless for the follow-up to this action-packed page-turner. (Science fiction. YA)"
Readers are in for another exciting wild ride of fights (bloody) and flights (in the sky) as Max and her flock struggle to stay alive. 98% human with 2% avian genes grafted on, these six winged, scrappy kids soar powerfully through the air. Read full book review >

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THE BIG BAD WOLF by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2003

"As in summer movies, a triple dose of violence conceals the absence of real menace when neither victims nor avengers stir the slightest sympathy."
Dr. Alex Cross has left Metro DC Homicide for the FBI, but it's business as usual in this laughably rough-hewn fairy tale of modern-day white slavery. Read full book review >

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SUZANNE’S DIARY FOR NICHOLAS by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

For sheer genre-crossing audacity, you might think nothing could outdo John Grisham's season on a Mississippi farm (A Painted House, p. 128) until you read this relentlessly throat-clutching love story from thrillermeister Patterson. Read full book review >

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KISS THE GIRLS by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 1995

"As a storyteller, Patterson is a great ad copywriter."
Advertising executive Patterson doubles neither our pleasure nor our fun by giving us two intense, Hannibal Lecter-type murderers for the price of one in an improbable and hopelessly derivative mess of a thriller. Read full book review >

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MAXIMUM RIDE by James Patterson
ADVENTURE
Released: April 11, 2005

"Speed, suspense, excitement. (Science fiction. YA)"
Nonstop action carries this page-turner breathlessly from start to finish. Read full book review >

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THE LAKE HOUSE by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 9, 2003

"Patterson's sensibility dovetails perfectly with that of his prodigies, whose tender feelings and pitch-perfect teenage dialogue are the best things here. It's only when human grownups have to talk and act that this overblown saga sags."
This sequel to Patterson's bestselling, and best, novel (When the Wind Blows, 1998) soars, like its appealing cast, only intermittently. Read full book review >

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VIRGIN by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1980

"Patterson doesn't really care—and neither will you; but the pages fly by professionally enough, churned along by a writer who once wrote a good book (The Thomas Berryman Number) before turning to exploitative concoctions like The Jericho Commandment and this."
It's 1987, and only Pope Pius XIII knows that the Apocalypse is at hand and that two virgins will give birth simultaneously this very year. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2010

"A perfect prescription for misery-memoir maniacs. (Memoir. YA)"
From five to 18, Cory Friedman was prescribed over 30 different medications to control obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome. Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 24, 2012

"An unsatisfying ending and an unlikable cast make this thriller anything but. (Mystery. 12 & up)"
When a wealthy and powerful New York couple is discovered dead in their bed, the prime suspects are their four overachieving children. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2011

"A perfect plot for a Meryl Streep or Diane Lane happily-ever-after movie."
A lighthearted novel about a widow who suddenly decides to re-marry on Christmas Day. Read full book review >