Search Results: "Jim Gavin"


BOOK REVIEW

MIDDLE MEN by Jim Gavin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"The best kind of satire: barbed and hilarious, but suffused with compassion."
Gavin's exceptional debut collection, set mainly in southern California, harkens to an earlier literary Los Angeles, that of Nathanael West, who, in The Day of the Locust, called Hollywood a "dream dump...the Sargasso of the imagination." Read full book review >

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BEAR IS NOT TIRED by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Warm and wonderful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bear doesn't want to miss one moment with his duck family. Read full book review >

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BEAR LIKES JAM by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Comfortable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In his third outing (Room for Bear, 2015; Bear Is Not Tired, 2016), Bear learns to share jam and eat his vegetables. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Solid, well-reported popular science for animal lovers."
Colorado-based writer Ehringer (100 Best Ranch Vacations in North America, 2007, etc.) chronicles our changing relations—changes mostly not for the better—with the world of familiar animals. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Pleasant reading for students of technological history, but radio buffs may be disappointed with Weightman's light treatment of technical matters."
A middling account of Guglielmo Marconi's development of the "wireless telegraph"—the radio. Read full book review >

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NOWHERE NICE by Rick Gavin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"It just never ends for Nick and Desmond and their nemesis, and on the evidence of this latest rematch, it doesn't look as if it ever will."
When a meth lord escapes from a Mississippi prison and heads for the crackers who put him away, vowing revenge, the ensuing complications include every plot twist imaginable except revenge. Read full book review >

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THE SPACES IN BETWEEN by Gavin Ough
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 31, 2014

"Even as a novella, Ough has written a satisfying story that will make readers wish for more stories from this world."
In debut author Ough's fantasy adventure, a young thief with a special gift is forced into a dangerous adventure to save his mother, his lover and his homeland. Read full book review >

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SPY'S HONOUR by Gavin Lyall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 19, 1995

"So ignore, if you can, the road to Sarajevo and enjoy one by one these unabashedly nostalgic chronicles from the sunniest days of MI5."
Return with us now to those thrilling days of the preWW I British Secret Service, when a man could legitimately be challenged to a duel for suggesting a fellow was a spy. Read full book review >

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SHOPPING by Gavin Kramer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Images of Tokyo today are engagingly rendered with precision and a knowing eye, but the characters in this flashy pool all stick to the shallow end."
Tokyo in all its dazzling, dizzying intensity serves as the intrusive backdrop to this smart if somewhat simplified story about an odd couple of British lawyers assigned there to work, one of whom fails spectacularly at adapting: a sharply detailed, prizewinning debut that was short-listed for the 1998 Whitbread. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Animated by a contagious enthusiasm that will propel eager, like-minded readers into a truly Lost World."
The author of 1434 (2008) and 1421 (2003) argues that the destruction of Atlantis was not fiction but a tale of an actual volcano and consequent tsunami that devastated the heart of the vast Minoan empire on Crete and Santorini (then called Thera). Read full book review >

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JIM SHEPARD
by Vincent Scarpa

“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SEE NO EVIL by Jamila Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2009

"It's a muddle, with good parts but no center. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The author of Coram Boy (2001) again tells several affecting tales at once—but here they're all weighed down by a baroque literary artifice and a gooey, simplistic ending. Read full book review >