Search Results: "Johanna Sinisalo"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CORE OF THE SUN by Johanna Sinisalo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Written with wit and grace—Sinisalo describes depression as 'a smooth-walled cavity, an open, echoing cave with a darkness living in it deeper than the space between the stars'—the novel maintains an impressive grasp on plot and suspense, easily luring the reader into taking its characters, politics, and striking story to heart."
Finnish author Sinisalo (The Blood of Angels, 2014, etc.) creates a dystopian near-future Finland where women are subjugated to the demands of men by a chilling system of law and eugenics, all in the name of promoting a placid, healthy, and successful society.Read full book review >

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TROLL by Johanna Sinisalo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2004

"A fascinating black comedy, from a writer who has made the transition to literary fiction with a giant's strides."
The eponymous humanlike "monster" familiar from the mythology and folklore of Lapland dominates this prizewinning first novel, the work of a Finnish writer for TV and comic strips. Read full book review >

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THE BLOOD OF ANGELS by Johanna Sinisalo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"At its best, Sinisalo's novel engages in a fierce discussion of ecological choices while also imagining an unusually picturesque, Orpheus-tinged search for love beyond death."
A new novel by Finnish author Sinisalo (Birdbrain, 2011, etc.) uses harrowing ecological collapse and an idyllic parallel world to examine both the possibility of global disaster and one man's surreal, life-altering experience of grief.Read full book review >

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THE SECRET CIRCUS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"A quiet, comforting debut, best shared snuggled close together. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Somewhere, beneath the twinkling lights of Paris, there is a circus. Read full book review >

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THE ORCHESTRA PIT by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Back at the right pit, the snake twists into a treble clef—a charming endnote. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A snake meandering into "the wrong pit" leads readers through this appealing introduction to an orchestra and its instruments—brass, wind instruments, strings and percussion. Read full book review >

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BUNNIES ON ICE by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A healthy if impersonal dose of self-affirmation delivered by a cast with long, fetching bunny ears. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bursting with confidence, a young skater describes what it takes to be a champion (at least in her own mind) in this wobbly but amusing manifesto. Read full book review >

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BANDITS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"An enjoyable take on a nocturnal, urban animal's habits in an accessible story that, with illustrations in better sync, might have resulted in a refreshing outcome. Unfortunately, the result here is pedestrian. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rascally raccoons plunder and play in the night without consequence in Wright's (The Secret Circus, 2009) latest work. Read full book review >

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THE WIVES OF HENRY OADES by Johanna Moran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"A beguiling, promising debut, combining clipped narration and capable technique with tender appreciation for the female characters in particular."
Two women discover they're both rightfully married to the same man. Read full book review >

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HEART OF A WARRIOR by Johanna Lindsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Brittany is one bold, likable big snip, a Judy Davis or early Kate Hepburn—and a real match for Dalden."
Astoundingly original story that may stun fans of Lindsey's Home for the Holidays (2000): the first interplanetary romance novel! Read full book review >

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ARTHUR FIEDLER by Johanna Fiedler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 1994

"Only Fiedler enthusiasts and habituÇs of the classical music scene will want to wade through the run-of-the-mill pop psychologizing featured here."
The daughter of Boston's beloved maestro transposes the familiar laments of a star's adult child into the world of classical music. Read full book review >

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BLACK LAKE by Johanna Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Lots of symbolic portent—the past, the sea, the family—and an overcomplicated narrative structure attempt to turn an elemental melodrama into a novel with more literary weight."
Financial threats to a family estate in the Irish countryside abruptly leave a man and woman empty nesters without their nest. Read full book review >

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CITY OF GHOSTS by Johanna Stoberock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Spirited and fresh-faced, a decent debut marred a bit by heavy breathing ('Did I say his eyes were blue? They were like a September sky')."
First outing about a young woman's bittersweet marriage to a tour guide. Read full book review >