Search Results: "Jay Shearer"


BOOK REVIEW

FIVE HUNDRED SIRENS by Jay Shearer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"A dispiriting ramble with two unsympathetic losers."
Baby's not a problem. It's his stay-at-home dad who can't help getting into trouble in thisfirst novel. Read full book review >

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SKY RUN by Alex Shearer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Wise and wonderful, this is the archetypal Hero's Journey laced with gentle satire. (Adventure. 10-14)"
A hero's tale set in an alternate world. Read full book review >

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THE MINISTRY OF GHOSTS by Alex Shearer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Ghost-story fans won't be disappointed in the end, if they can slog that far through all the low-wattage civil-service satire. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The threat of imminent shutdown prompts a small government agency to hire a pair of young independent contractors to capture a ghost in this British import. Read full book review >

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CANNED by Alex Shearer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Readers with a taste for the bizarre and gross will find this tale most tasty. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This macabre mystery may make readers give up canned foods. Read full book review >

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THE CELESTIAL JUKEBOX by Cynthia Shearer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Perceptive and elegantly written, but the author describes a time and place more than she tells a story."
A downbeat and bumpy take on the New South as disparate characters strive to find happiness. Read full book review >

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SEA LEGS by Alex Shearer
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"Unfortunately, most readers won't much care. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A breathless, stream-of-consciousness first-person narrative voice, offbeat humor, and an oddly adult sensibility combine in a rambling adventure that may leave readers feeling as if they have just heard a very long shaggy dog tale. Read full book review >

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THE WONDER BOOK OF THE AIR by Cynthia Shearer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1996

"A confident and daring debut, using the microcosm of this family's fall as an emblem of the American dream gone bad. (Regional author tour)"
In a disturbing account of three generations, Shearer's debut uses a series of first-person narratives to trace the disintegration of a southern family's happiness. Read full book review >

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NOT ENOUGH INDIANS by Harry Shearer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A pleasing debut, even if the spectacle of Michael Eisner action figures chills the soul."
Master satirist Shearer, of Spinal Tap and Simpsons fame, debuts as a novelist with this droll tale of the modern Indian casino business. Read full book review >

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ATHENE by Ann Shearer
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"Rather than sounding up-to-date, the forced conversational tone makes the reader feel trapped in a nervy Oxbridge tutorial. (24 pages b&wh illustrations)"
In lesser Joseph Campbell style, the brainchild deity is viewed as archetype, traced over the millennia as the union of masculine/feminine, the Jungian anima/animus. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT BLUE YONDER by Alex Shearer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2002

"Much of the narrative is repetitious, but young readers will likely find the whole concept, and Harry's adventures, fascinating. (Fiction. 10-14)"
What's it like when you're dead? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 1999

"Jonathan Swift's reputation as a satirist will remain intact, but this book does offer about an hour's worth of silly reading pleasure."
A review of Shearer's thin satirical treatise is like one of those trailers that you know contain all of the movie's good parts Shearer'star of screen, (Spinal Tap), TV (The Simpsons), amd radio (his own show)" wonders why some people hate Clinton so much when he really hasn't been all that bad a president. Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE LIFE by Alex Shearer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"This pensive, poetic novel, based loosely on Shearer's own experience of losing his brother, humorously though sensitively expresses the complications of sibling relationships, the ambiguity of absolution, and the beauty of life in its last, tender moments."
Two English brothers unite after many years to make sense of the "bits and pieces" of memory, mortality and the thickness of blood in this poignant novel by Shearer (The Cloud Hunters, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >