Search Results: "Johan Veldeman"


BOOK REVIEW

ARCHIE AND THE MYSTERIOUS SPHERE by Johan Veldeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2010

"Skimpy and unpromising, with nowhere to go but up. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
Ant rides golf ball in this forgettable Belgian import. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A timely study that will help readers interpret the headlines, though it offers little comfort to those hoping for a quick solution to the present mess."
Should we feel better that the chairman of the Federal Reserve is an authority on the Great Depression? Read full book review >

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THE BOY IN THE SHADOWS by Carl-Johan Vallgren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Vallgren, whose previous English-language release, The Merman (2015), is an exercise in magic realism, makes a strong entry into crime fiction."
The never-solved abduction of a 7-year-old boy 40 years ago is at the heart of this tale of murder and betrayal by well-regarded Swedish novelist Vallgren. Read full book review >

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The Stormwater Drains in Canberra by Paul Johan Karlsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 21, 2015

"A frank, funny, immensely winning novel about a 'sex pioneer' exploring the hinterlands of desire."
A coming-of-age story metamorphoses into a global sexual odyssey. 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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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"If the book works, it's because children will be bored to sleep, but it's a lot more likely that exhausted adults will succumb before their little ones do. (Picture book. 3-6)"
That this title, originally self-published, became an international bestseller says a lot more about the desperation of parents of sleepless children than it does about the quality of the book. Read full book review >

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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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THE MERMAN by Carl-Johan Vallgren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A grim and moving contemporary fairy tale."
A Swedish teenager tries to protect a merman from their violent surroundings. Read full book review >