Search Results: "Janny Scott"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2011

"A biography of considerable depth and understanding."
A richly nuanced, decidedly sympathetic portrait of President Obama's remarkably accomplished, spirited mother. Read full book review >

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PRIMED AND READY
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Cover Story: Pretty Deadly
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Unreliable Narrator
Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Friends?

Trigger Warning: Violet Grenade features scenes of attempted assault, abuse, and bullying, and touches on very dark themes of death and murder. Some situations might be ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT
by Maya Payne Smart

In The Firebrand and the First Lady, scholar Patricia Bell-Scott illuminates the unlikely friendship between two historic American women. Radical civil and women’s rights activist Pauli Murray and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt corresponded for years and swayed one another’s social justice aims and strategies. Their views never converged, but Bell-Scott makes a compelling case that they grew with and toward ...


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GRAND CONSPIRACY by Janny Wurts
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Even that, however, palls after a few paragraphs."
Grand Conspiracy ($26.00; Jan.; 640 pp.; 0-06-105219-1). Read full book review >

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CURSE OF THE MISTWRAITH by Janny Wurts
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A tremendous amount of hard work but no signs of genuine talent, composed of gnarled writing, a farrago of plot elements, and ideas no better than mediocre retreads."
Wurts, coauthor (with Raymond E. Feist) of Mistress of the Empire (1992), etc., embarks on a massively ambitious five-book sword-and-sorcery epic involving good and evil, light and dark, and two warring half-brothers. Read full book review >

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PERIL’S GATE by Janny Wurts
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2002

"With a lifespan of 500 years granted the half-brothers, must Wurts unleash still many thousands of pages more before the death of one sibling or their unity into a single being?"
Wurts's immensely complex, monstrously swollen, lyric sword-and-sorcery fantasy series the Wars of Light and Shadow, begun with The Curse of Mistwraith (1994), was planned as a five-volume saga but has since expanded to a projected eight. Read full book review >

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Released: June 14, 2012

"A bleak, often heart-wrenching account of two children who made their own way during a difficult time with difficult people."
Vaughan's debut memoir recalls her and her brother's childhoods. Read full book review >

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NIECY by Janny Vaughan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2013

"An emotional tribute to an extraordinary 17-year-old girl through the eyes of her biggest fan: her mom."
A heart-wrenching memoir penned by a grieving mother who struggled to come to terms with her daughter's devastating accident. Read full book review >

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THAT WAY LIES CAMELOT by Janny Wurts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Wurts's mixture of fantasy and hard sf is a little jarring, perhaps, but this is a compassionate, cynical, smart collection."
Hard-working Wurts pauses from her projected five-volume Wars of Light and Shadow fantasy (Curse of the Mistwraith, 1994) to gather up some stories. ``The Wayfinder,'' about a mysterious sailor and a pragmatic young woman who discovers her gift for remote viewing, is thoughtful and moodily satisfying, and the animal lore of ``Silverdown's Gold'' seems authentic and compassionate. Read full book review >

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MISTRESS OF THE EMPIRE by Raymond E. Feist
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1992

"Addicts only."
``The morning sun shone.'' So begins this concluding volume of the trilogy (Daughter of the Empire, 1987; Servant of the Empire, 1990), in a style more evocative of The Hungry Caterpillar than its obvious paradigm, Shogun. Read full book review >

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HUG MACHINE by Scott Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"In his first outing as an author, Campbell shines. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A feel-good ride, full of droll artistic asides and an abundance of caring. Read full book review >

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TOWER OF TREASURE by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Fast paced, cleanly illustrated, great fun. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
In this lively opener to the Three Thieves series, young gymnast Dessa, searching for her kidnapped twin brother, joins two fellow circus performers in an attempted heist, a prison escape and a merry chase through and out of the fortress of Kingsbridge. Read full book review >