Search Results: "Jorge Franco"


BOOK REVIEW

ROSARIO TIJERAS by Jorge Franco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2004

"Oddly flat: an intense, raw portrait of l'amour fou just slightly too deadpan to be taken seriously."
Colombian novelist Franco's third book but first to appear here is a kind of South American Scarface, about the rise and fall of a poor girl who becomes a player in the Medellín mob wars. Read full book review >

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PARADISE TRAVEL by Jorge Franco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"High-octane storytelling—sad and funny and real."
Colombian novelist Franco offers a nuanced account of the immigration experience in this story of an illegal immigrant lost in the bowels of New York City. Read full book review >

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ACTORS ANONYMOUS by James Franco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Loosely structured in the extreme, the novel seems to have been written in odd moments while Franco was taking a break from his acting career—and it was probably more fun for him to write than it is for the reader to read."
Actor Franco's experimental first novel (Palo Alto: Stories, 2010) focuses on the field he knows best—acting. Read full book review >

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DOWN THE WORMHOLE by Ana Franco
Released: March 17, 2015

"A nifty concept that's not well-executed; mythology fans have better options."
Debut YA fantasy à la Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. Read full book review >

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A SPECTACULAR SELECTION OF SEA CRITTERS by Betsy Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"At once light, visually playful, and educational, Franco and Wertz's latest collaboration proves the third time's a charm. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
In their third picture-book outing, Franco and Wertz (A Dazzling Display of Dogs, 2011, etc.) dive into the sea. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE PLAY by Betsy Franco
ANIMALS
Released: July 12, 2011

"The frolicsome verse and efficacious design combine to highlight a precise exercise, making this concept picture book a twofold success. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This jaunty rhyme set in a school playground serves as a playful introduction to the mathematical concept of doubling. Read full book review >

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A CURIOUS COLLECTION OF CATS by Betsy Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Capturing the spirit of each verse, Wertz turns a collection of otherwise unremarkable visual poems into a true treat for the eyes. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Franco's witty but uneven collection of concrete poems celebrating feline antics is accompanied by striking illustrations done in pencil and finished in monoprint and Photoshop. Read full book review >

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MIAMI MOON by Jorge Goyanes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"An enjoyable, action-packed crime tale with strong language."
A wisecracking sleuth explores dangerous happenings in Miami in this second installment of a mystery series. Read full book review >

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THE RING by Jorge Molist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Peppered with irrelevant detail and dialogue documenting every dull moment of Cristina's quest, the book fails to incite reader interest or empathy."
Barcelona's Molist, head of the European Branch of Paramount Home Entertainment, combines the history of the Templar Knights with chick lit in a thriller that offers an insider's view of the beautiful Spanish city, but ultimately turns out more snooze than thrill. Read full book review >

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THE WAR OF THE SAINTS by Jorge Amado
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"A lot is scattershot, unsubtle, and creaky here—but Amado (The Golden Harvest, 1992, etc.) remains the preeminent chronicler of at least the idea of a joyful life—and as such never neglects the infectious freedom of spirit that gives all his work a happy valence."
Amado dips back into his encyclopedic knowledge of the local politics, religions, and sexual joie de vivre of his beloved Bahia in this tale of Catholicism subverted by spiritualism, of puritanism undone by joyous sap, of right-wing control undone by happy anarchy. Read full book review >

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PALO ALTO by James Franco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A collection of beautifully written stories that are also uncompromisingly stark and somber."
Bleak tales of growing up in the eponymous city. Read full book review >

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DINO-MIKE AND THE T. REX ATTACK by Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Like Sam with those hot dogs, readers eager to snap up any dino-story will make quick work of this tongue-in-cheek romp. (Science fiction. 8-10)"
The appearance of a live T. Rex near a fossil dig kicks off a wild round of dino-antics in this series kickoff from an Eisner Award-winning comics writer. Read full book review >