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BOOK REVIEW

RUMO AND HIS MIRACULOUS ADVENTURES by Walter Moers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 7, 2006

"Read it as allegory. Read it as a fairy tale. Whatever, it's amusing—but still too long by half."
An overstuffed confection that threatens to collapse under its own heft. Read full book review >

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THE CITY OF DREAMING BOOKS by Walter Moers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"'Tonstant Weader fwowed up,' wrote Dorothy Parker after reading Winnie the Pooh. She had it easy. For the innocent of heart, unsullied by taste."
Sure, Larry McMurtry's got his own book town in Texas, and then there's Sedbergh and Hay-on-Wye over England way. But none of them can compare to the setting of Moers's (Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures, 2006, etc.) semifabulous tale of treasures hidden. Read full book review >

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A WILD RIDE THROUGH THE NIGHT by Walter Moers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"For the stout of heart or the low of blood sugar only. Nice illustrations, though."
More loopy, goopy modern mythologizing from German fabulist Moers (The City of Dreaming Books, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PERFECT WAITER by Alain Claude Sulzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"For all the sexual intrigue, Erneste seems a bit like a Camus character in a Thomas Mann setting."
This short, evocative novel combines a romantic melodrama of homosexual love and betrayal with deeper meditations on the passage of time, the essence of truth, the deception of desire and the inevitability of death. Read full book review >

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THE LABYRINTH OF DREAMING BOOKS by Walter Moers
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"A beguiling, bookish entertainment that ends on a cliffhanger promising—well, the prospect of many sequels to come."
Biblionauts of the world, unite—German fabulist Moers (City of Dreaming Books, 2007, etc.) is back with another goofy epic from the land of living books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

“MY WOUNDED HEART” by Martin Doerry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2004

"A glimpse of everyday life under circumstances so surreal as to be almost incomprehensible, described with distressing immediacy. (Two 16-page b&w photo inserts, not seen)"
Correspondence among a mother confined to a Nazi labor camp, her children, and friends outside. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GHOST SHIP by Dietlof Reiche
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"The internal logic here is sometimes shaky, but atmospheric writing, ingenious ideas and engaging characters compensate. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In a distinct change of pace, the author of the "Golden Hamster Saga" crafts an eerie, poignant tale of ghosts and greed in a small resort town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EDUARD’S HOMECOMING by Peter Schneider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"It all makes for a kinder, gentler Kafkaesque nightmare, one whose nondescript hero almost deserves his rather convenient, even hokey, denouement."
A German biologist, long resident in America, learns that he's inherited a half-share in an apartment building in the former East Berlin—beginning a comedy of misfits he narrowly escapes with his life, though without all his dignity. Read full book review >

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THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S WIFE by Robert Sole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Packed with period detail and fine touches of emotion, a strikingly smooth and heartwarming story from first to last."
This graceful, astute, fin-de-siäcle tale, first published in France in 1996, of a boisterous Egyptian photographer and the young artist he marries—who becomes, before his eyes, the most famous photographer of her day—marks an auspicious US debut for journalist SolÇ. Read full book review >

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? by Doris Dörrie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2001

"With his detached, eminently humane, honest, and bitingly funny narration, Fred makes an unerringly entertaining companion—and he even finds wisdom in Buddhist teachings, despite his best efforts to remain crass and ironic."
Vibrant, amusing tale from film director/author Dörrie (What Do You Want From Me?, 1991, etc.) limns a richly entertaining midlife crisis, which takes a faithless husband to a Buddhist retreat in France. Read full book review >

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AUNTIE POLDI AND THE SICILIAN LIONS by Mario Giordano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"Giordano's wit and his formidable heroine's wisdom combine to make this debut a smash."
An ex-pat from Munich finds love and murder in Sicily. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEAD HUNTERS by Michel Crespy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2004

"Watching the game play out is only intermittently interesting. As it turns out, the increasingly dislikable Jérôme proves almost as ethically challenged as his bête noir, making a rooting interest hard to come by."
What starts as a kind of game ends as a kind of war for the protagonist of this offbeat French thriller. Read full book review >