Search Results: "John Farmer"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"An important systematic brief on how an elaborately constructed national-defense system was penetrated, and why lessons of that day for disaster response remain dimly understood."
Senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission Farmer presents a dismaying catalogue of incompetence and dissembling before and after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Read full book review >

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THE LORD OF OPIUM by Nancy Farmer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"A vividly imagined tale of a future world full of fascinating characters and moral themes—a tremendous backdrop for one young man's search for identity. (cast of characters, map, chronology, appendix) (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
In the much-anticipated sequel to The House of the Scorpion (2002), 14-year-old Matteo Alacrán returns home as the new Lord of Opium. Read full book review >

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THICKER THAN WATER by Penelope Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Unusually rich and involving. (Fiction. 10-15)"
In a subtle exploration of loss, grief, and family ties, Farmer (Charlotte Sometimes, 1969, etc.) incorporates an uneasy ghost yearning for decent burial into an orphaned boy's difficulties adapting to a new home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Children will relish this little-known piece of railroad lore, with its echoes of an epic battle being waged, and won. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What really happened on Casey Jones' legendary last run? Read full book review >

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THE FLAMING LUAU OF DEATH by Jerrilyn Farmer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"Enough food, adventure, Hawaiian history and ethnobotany to give you a stomachache the size of Kilhauea."
Even murder can't stop the fun when event planners Madeline Bean and Wes Westcott (Perfect Sax, 2003, etc.) kidnap bride-to-be Holly Nichols for a bachelorette bash in Hawaii. Read full book review >

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MUMBO GUMBO by Jerrilyn Farmer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 11, 2003

"Mad's hardcover debut serves up enough tasty twists to make up for the plot's few stale romantic turns."
Hit TV game show Food Freak is starving for writers. Read full book review >

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THE SEA OF TROLLS by Nancy Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Allusions to Beowulf, the destruction of the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne, and the Norse legend of Jack and Jill offer a rich backdrop for a hugely entertaining story sure to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings. (appendix, sources) (Fiction. 10-13)"
He left as an apprentice and returned a full-fledged bard, complete with a fire-wizard's staff in hand and a crow perched on his shoulder. Read full book review >

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REAL LAWYERS by Kenneth Farmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2014

"Keen, sobering account of how the legal system really works."
As a public defender, a young lawyer fresh out of school learns how the legal system really works. Read full book review >

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PROJECT NEPHILI by T.L. Farmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2014

"A gripping mystery with historical and speculative-fiction flourishes that should captivate fans of all three genres."
In Farmer's debut novel, an alcoholic reporter's investigation of an old psychiatric hospital unearths many more complex and disturbing mysteries, blending American history, African mythology, mystery and Southern Gothic drama. Read full book review >

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PENELOPE by Penelope Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"In Farmer's capable hands, it's still a compelling read, even if all the parts don't hold together. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Farmer (Thicker than Water, 1993, etc.) produces a smoothly written family drama with supernatural elements that only partly mesh. Read full book review >

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THE EAR, THE EYE AND THE ARM by Nancy Farmer
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

An author who lived for years in Africa follows a comic, well-received first novel set in present-day Mozambique (Do You Know Me, 1993) with this marvelous odyssey across Zimbabwe 200 years in the future. Read full book review >

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PERFECT SAX by Jerrilyn Farmer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Farmer adds spice to the standard ingredients to whip up something a little edgier than the usual fare."
Although two suitors vie for her affections, the only other person in caterer Madeline Bean's bed these days turns out to a recent employee—and a very, very dead one at that. Read full book review >