Search Results: "Jeffery Renard Allen"


BOOK REVIEW

HOLDING PATTERN by Jeffery Renard Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A striking talent ill at ease with the short-story form."
The lives of black Americans, shadowed by the surreal and shot through with violence, are the focus in these ten stories from poet and novelist Allen (Rails Under My Back, 2000). Read full book review >

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SONG OF THE SHANK by Jeffery Renard Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2014

"If there's any justice, Allen's visionary work, as startlingly inventive as one of his subject's performances, should propel him to the front rank of American novelists."
One of America's most gifted novelists projects dark and daring speculations upon the incredible-but-true 19th-century story of a child piano prodigy who was blind, autistic and a slave. Read full book review >

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RAILS UNDER MY BACK by Jeffrey Renard Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Allen worked eight years on this novel, and the result is a very impressive creation: the work of an unusually gifted, disciplined, and more than promising writer."
A powerful first novel that uses the railroad as a complex metaphor—of hopeful reunion but also of separation and dispersal—in telling the multi-generational stories of two closely related black American families. Read full book review >

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THE SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOKS EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT IN APRIL
by John DeNardo

April is bringing a whole new enticing batch of science fiction and fantasy books that will stretch your imagination. Here's a selection of the ones that will be generating the most buzz. You'll find fallen angels, Death's assistant, human refugees in space, a revolution against the One Percent, matriarchal lunar colonies, giant robots, genetic thrills, biotech-weird, and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE BLUE NOWHERE by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"That doesn't mean Deaver doesn't provide his trademark throat-clutchers, diabolical double-crosses, or action scenes that suddenly turn inside out—only that this time there are just too many, and too few memorable characters who live through them."
Just when you thought it was safe to check your e-mail, psychokiller specialist Deaver (Speaking in Tongues, 2000, etc.) shows just how malignant the human ghost in your machine can be. Read full book review >

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THE TWELFTH CARD by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 7, 2005

"There's no question, though, about Deaver's unexcelled ability to pull the wool over your eyes. When he describes a colorless, odorless glass of liquid as water, don't assume it is until somebody drinks it down—or maybe till an hour later."
Quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme fights to save a schoolgirl somebody's determined to kill? Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 19, 2007

"Entertaining-but unnecessarily puzzling-this may appeal to fans who like their mysteries unsullied by elements of fantasy. (Fiction. 10-12)"
This fun, if slightly incoherent, British girl-detective escapade offers eccentric characters, snooping, danger and cookery for the middle-school crowd. Read full book review >

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THE SLEEPING DOLL by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2007

"A professional, forgettable barn-burner. "
The creator of quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (The Cold Moon, 2006, etc.) presents a new supersleuth to match wits with his latest supervillain. Read full book review >

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A VERY, VERY BAD THING by Jeffery Self
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A reminder of the decrepitude of parental bigotry in an insubstantial, candy-coated narrative. (Fiction. 13-17)"
An acidic gay teen succumbs to a sappy love story, subsequently grappling with an unfurling lie for the greater good. Read full book review >

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THE COLD MOON by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2006

"The most mannered of all Rhyme's adventures, with more red herrings than a fish market and a climax that's both a bang and a whimper."
The latest serial killer to duke it out with quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme is a nefarious figure, the Watchmaker, whose bark, sadly, is a lot worse than his bite. Read full book review >

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THE BURNING WIRE by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2010

"A relatively straightforward performance by the devious Deaver, with fewer open-mouthed surprises than usual, but fewer gratuitous plot twists as well. Newcomers to this celebrated series could do worse than to start here."
Indefatigable prestidigitator Deaver sets quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (The Broken Window, 2008, etc.) against a wraithlike terrorist who's threatening to wreak havoc on New York's electrical-power grid. Read full book review >

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SOLITUDE CREEK by Jeffery Deaver
Released: May 12, 2015

"Dance's fourth appearance (XO, 2012, etc.) shows her still-creaky skill set—she can't tell when her 12-year-old is lying to her—in search of a plot that can effectively harness her putative gifts."
Someone yells fire in a crowded Monterey concert venue, setting off the latest cat-and-mouse game for kinesics expert Kathryn Dance and her elusive quarry. Read full book review >