Search Results: "Jon Sprunk"


BOOK REVIEW

SHADOW'S MASTER by Jon Sprunk
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2012

"Series fans will dive right in; curious newcomers should begin at the beginning and avoid at least some of the confusion."
Third in the series (Shadow's Lure, 2011, etc.) in which knife-wielding, magic-powered assassin Caim Du'Vartha tries to figure out what's going on. Read full book review >

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STORM AND STEEL by Jon Sprunk
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 2, 2015

"A strong second entry and still a series to follow."
In the second part of The Book of the Black Earth, magic causes more problems than it solves for Horace, the foreign shipwright-turned-sorcerer and military adviser to the queen of a beleaguered city-state. Read full book review >

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BLOOD AND IRON by Jon Sprunk
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2014

"Despite some flaws, definitely a series to follow."
A tradesman fleeing a personal tragedy is thrust into more elevated and considerably more perilous circumstances in the first of a political sword-and-sorcery epic by the author of Shadow's Master (2012). Read full book review >

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JON FIXX by Jason Squire Fluck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An exciting, comical page-turner about the gritty underbelly of love."
Fluck follows the adventures of a romance writer for hire in his debut novel. Read full book review >

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Jon Hersey - Industrial Spy by Leo N. Ardo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2012

"A thrilling, adventurous novel that will appeal especially to readers interested in business recon."
Debut novelist Ardo offers a unique, concise novella about a young widower who finds redemption through politically motivated corporate espionage. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"The combination of high-energy artwork and exuberant characters are sure to make the Trucktown series a necessary purchase for every garage library. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The irrepressible Scieszka has set his sites on entertaining a younger crowd and getting them (boys especially) hooked on the joys of reading. Read full book review >

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JON, FLORA, AND THE ODD-EYED CAT by Stella Pevsner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"Pure enchantment. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Pevsner (The Night the Whole Class Slept Over, 1991, etc.) delivers a magical story about the friendship between a 14-year-old boy recovering from rheumatic fever and an 11- year-old girl hiding out from her father. Read full book review >

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JON FOX AND THE MONSTER OF THE POND by Carson Steil
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2011

"The author and software designer show glimmers of creativity, but their learning curves are clearly still on the upswing. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Another app not ready for prime time, featuring a perfunctory story tricked out in a sparse assortment of crudely designed animations and touch-activated effects. Read full book review >

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THE COLD SONG by Linn Ullmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"The author might be best known in this country as the daughter of Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann, but her accomplishment here merits more than recognition by association."
The fifth novel by an award-winning Norwegian author and critic deserves to win her a much larger stateside readership. Read full book review >

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GHOST KNIGHT by Cornelia Funke
by Cornelia Funke, translated by Oliver Latsch, illustrated by Andrea Offermann
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Sword-swinging ghosts will haunt readers of this droll, harrowing and historically grounded ghost story. (author's note) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
"Banished" to boarding school in contemporary Salisbury, England, 11-year-old Jon finds himself targeted by phantom riders determined to punish him for something that happened centuries before. Read full book review >

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SEND MORE IDIOTS by Tony Perez-Giese
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Entertaining, escapist fare; to paraphrase one of Perez-Giese's characters, it's a great idea with good execution."
In Perez-Giese's (Pac Heights, 2013) gritty mystery, a man upends his life to search for his estranged younger sibling, who's gone missing in Juarez, Mexico. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"His amateur pop-psychological analyses of the killers' family lives aside, Smith, a solid writer and an excellent reporter (he writes for Esquire), makes this horrendous story almost readable. (Photos, not seen)"
This intricate re-creation of the February 1993 murder of three-year-old James Bulger by two 10-year-old boys in Bottle, England, is ugly, painful reading. Read full book review >