Search Results: "John Farris"


BOOK REVIEW

DRAGONFLY by John Farris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Readers themselves are apt to feel seduced and abandoned when they find that none of the best storylines from the openingor the exciting pacesurvive once the novel passes through the plantation gates. (Literary Guild selection)"
Farris's latest (Sacrifice, 1994, etc.) opens at a frantic pace, seeming ready to move in two or three different directions, promising action and intrigue, then unexpectedly transforms itself into a sort of southern gothic romance. Dr. Joe Bryce makes his living by seducing and defrauding rich women, using the proceeds to live a carefree life in the Caribbean aboard his yacht. Read full book review >

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HIGH BLOODS by John Farris
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 21, 2009

"Entertaining, if somewhat derivative."
Hard-boiled urban fantasy set in a near-future Los Angeles infested by werewolves. Read full book review >

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PHANTOM NIGHTS by John Farris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Strong, lip-smacking suspense with an occult overwash that more or less avoids genre categorization."
Perhaps Farris's best yet shows him, like Dean Koontz in his recent work, striving for greater substance. Read full book review >

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THE FURY AND THE POWER by John Farris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2003

"Strong cliché-free style, wondrous detail, and gifted moments show Farris chained by genre, a Bernini carving in soap. Great for the fans. Avenging Fury ahead."
Third in Farris's Fury series—The Fury and then (25 years later) The Fury and the Terror (2001)—again involving doppelgängers.Read full book review >

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SACRIFICE by John Farris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Farris beautifully evokes ho-hum small-town southern life—his situation humor is so real, it's surreal—and Greg Walker is an intriguing character, but when he travels south of the border his story runs out of steam."
Farris (Fiends, 1990, etc.) concocts a thriller whose pitch-perfect middle Americanisms initially give credibility to its lurid plot. Read full book review >

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YOU DON’T SCARE ME by John Farris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 3, 2007

"A chilling ride in which the action never flags, with an oddly constructed script-like climax and wholly unexpected gem of an ending."
Teenaged math genius Chase Emrick's been on the run since she was 14, but she's never more than a step ahead of the evil presence that's already claimed everyone important in her life. Read full book review >

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SOON SHE WILL BE GONE by John Farris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 1997

"Like the summer's action flicks: marvelous visuals, little substance."
Serial-kidnapper psychodrama set in the privileged precincts of the very wealthy, by the ever assured Farris (Dragonfly, 1995, etc.), a master of pitch-perfect dialogue be it backcountry or Manhattan art world. Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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JOHN TANA by Bill Fernandez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2017

"For the setting and era alone, this ripping adventure yarn offers sufficient rewards."
Set in 19th-century Hawaii, a historical novel stars a handsome young hero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING JOHN by Stephen Church
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Church sticks close to the evidence, almost all government records and surviving chronicles devoted to the deeds of great men. The result is not a page-turner but an insightful, likely definitive, biography."
Reigning from 1199 to 1216, King John's villainy remains a mainstay of popular media. Church (Medieval History/Univ. of East Anglia; The Household Knights of King John, 1999) does not downplay his defects in this scholarly but readable biography.Read full book review >