Search Results: "Johan Harstad"


BOOK REVIEW

172 HOURS ON THE MOON by Johan Harstad
Released: April 17, 2012

"Interesting and original. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Three teenagers join an expedition to the Moon in 2019 and find horror there. Read full book review >

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BUZZ ALDRIN, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN ALL THE CONFUSION? by Johan Harstad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2011

"A modern saga of rocketships, ice floes and dreams of the Caribbean, and great fun to read."
Or, the long-awaited Great Faroese Novel: a splendid confusion about life, love and intrigues in the land of the midnight sun. Read full book review >

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KNOWN DEAD by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 20, 1999

"Others may complain that the slow-starting suspense proves that there really isn't much to do in Iowa, even when you're battling the forces of evil."
Now that the loonies of Carl Houseman's colorful debut, Eleven Days (1998), have been locked up or buried, the portly Nation County, Iowa, deputy sheriff can turn his attention to what looks like a routine surveillance. Read full book review >

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CODE SIXTY-ONE by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 16, 2002

"The same spellbinding detail that Harstad fans ate with relish in Carl's debut shocker, Eleven Days (1998)—where he was pitted against a satanic cult given to demonic atrocities. Yummy."
Fourth procedural featuring former Deputy Sheriff Harstad's gritty but amusing and warmhearted, middle-aged hero, Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Though no replacement for Andrew Donkins's Alien Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Alien A-Z (1999), this makes a worthy addition to our too-thin store of space-alien lore and will leave younger readers on the alert for glimpses of Clustors, Liverpudlins and other nonhuman visitors. (Fiction? 10-12)"
Concluding after years of reports and direct observations that approximately 45 percent of the world's monsters are actually aliens, Olander, author of A Field Guide to Monsters (2007), offers illustrated notes on 28 types of interstellar interloper—from the harmless Intergalactic Worrywarts of Planet Insecura and sewage-eating Sliver-Slurpers to more ominous False Santas, robotic onesie-clad Bebies and, scariest of all, Boogie-doods (aka Discos) from Planet Funk. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG THAW by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"After so much loopy plotting and Heartland folks, the slam-bang militia madness comes on a bit too furious. Harstad's strength is in the wry and dry details of a cop's life, and in his unbending compassion for deceptively plain people who cast long shadows in the subzero snow."
Plenty of laughs, skewed violence, and marvelous takes on how weird Iowa winters can be—in the third, and best, procedural featuring easygoing Nation County Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman (Known Dead, 1999, etc.), from a former Iowa deputy sheriff who knows the territory inside out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A LONG DECEMBER by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Top-drawer Harstad, full of really cool dialogue."
With 26 years as an Iowa police officer behind him, the retired Harstad handles his procedurals with absolute authority and his rural Nation County, Iowa, characters with a dry wittiness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"According to the author, Lady Bonquers is still remembered in 'the international circle of pseudoscientists and mad geniuses.' Here's hoping that this tribute will expand her renown to a wider audience. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The creator of useful field guides to monsters (2007) and aliens (2010) turns his attention to an eccentric Scottish inventor's mechanical fancies. Read full book review >

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ELEVEN DAYS by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1998

"Harstad may have a hard time later equaling this wild and woolly weirdness."
Debut police shocker, inspired by a real event and written by a 26-year veteran of the Clayton County Sheriff's Department in northeastern Iowa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DARKEST ROOM by Johan Theorin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The Swedish landscape Theorin (Echoes from the Dead, 2008) presents as if in an endless single breath is as bleak as Henning Mankell's, but a lot more eventful."
One-hundred-and-fifty years of dark doings come to a head in a Christmas Eve whiteout on the Swedish island of Öland. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"This book takes armchair adventurers and archaeological enthusiasts not only to the excavation, but back through Peruvian history. (chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Readers will be drawn to the story of the 1995 discovery of a female mummy of a girl who was only 14 when she died (probably in a sacrifice). Read full book review >

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FIRE AND CIVILIZATION by Johan Goudsblom
Released: March 1, 1993

"Thus the need for control is as great as ever—which is Goudsblom's final, well-made point."
An offbeat, interesting view of the rise of civilization in relation to the control of fire. Read full book review >