Search Results: "Javier Martínez Pedro"


BOOK REVIEW

MIGRANT by José Manuel Mateo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Breathtaking. (author and illustrator notes) (Picture book. 6-12)"
A family's arduous journey from a farm in Mexico to a crowded dwelling in Los Angeles unfolds, literally, as a ribbon is untied and accordion-style pages open to reveal one continuous, aesthetically astonishing scene. Read full book review >

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THE BEAST by Óscar Martínez
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A harrowing look at the real costs of globalization, immigration and drug-prohibition politics, short on solutions and absent hope."
Grim, grisly account of the predations suffered by impoverished migrants on the hazardous journey to el Norte. Read full book review >

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WHEN I WAS MORTAL by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2000

"Dependably intriguing (if uneven) work from one of Europe's most interesting contemporary writers."
A first English translation of a 1995 collection comprising 12 elliptical, often insidiously compelling stories from the prizewinning Spanish author, whose highly regarded fiction artfully blends Henry James's subtle indirection with flagrantly Gothic and Grand Guignol narrative materials. Read full book review >

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They Call Me Jake by Pedro Abreu
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An unfocused seafaring tale."
A young sailor tells a meandering tale of his voyages around the world in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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SEÑOR MUNDO AND ME by Kim Summers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The book never achieves magic, but offers some satisfying glimpses of real adventure. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Loosely arranged around a birthday celebration, this meandering tale never finds its focus. Read full book review >

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LOVING YOU WAS MY UNDOING by Javier Gonzalez-Rubio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"The only thing, however, that lifts this novel above mediocrity is Gonzalez-Rubio's deft analysis of the suffocating traditional mores that shape his characters inexorably, and foreordain their story's sweeping (it's really the only appropriate word) romantic conclusion."
This simplistic though appealing combination of rousing adventure and tragic love story, which takes place during the Mexican Revolution, was first published in Spanish in 1991. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET SUPPER by Javier Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2006

"Sierra is a more sophisticated writer than Dan Brown, and he offers fresh perspective on the Renaissance mind."
No mere Da Vinci Code redux, this Spanish bestseller fuses an ecclesiastical whodunit with an A-Z guide to Neoplatonist philosophy and Renaissance symbology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 29, 2002

"Though long and sometimes clumsy, Lapierre and Moro's narrative will draw renewed attention to a terrible event."
An overly dramatized but nonetheless absorbing account of the most devastating industrial accident in world history. Read full book review >

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THE SPEED OF LIGHT by Javier Cercas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2007

"In this game with and against readers, the novelist has tied one artful hand behind his back. Trouble is, the hand in front mostly points at himself, whomever that might be."
A Spanish novelist writes a novel about a Spanish novelist telling an American Vietnam vet's story, which may be apocryphal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HEART SO WHITE by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"The flawed, truncated nature of all human contact and efforts to reach it has rarely been given such remorseless stress."
A harrowing drama of family secrets and their deepening resonance throughout several involved lives, by an accomplished European author whose All Souls (not reviewed) appeared in English translation in 1993. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC THIEF by Sarah Prineas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

Apprentice magician Conn battles a new magical threat while continuing to drive friend and foe alike mad with irritation in this headlong sequel. Read full book review >

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THE RELIC OF PERILOUS FALLS by Raymond Arroyo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"An unhappy blend of an imitative story and mediocre writing. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
When an impulsive bet sets an ancient prophecy in motion, one boy might be all that stands between a small town and the forces of evil. Read full book review >