Search Results: "Julia Flynn Siler"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A well-rendered narrative of paradise and imperialism."
Wall Street Journal contributing writer Siler (The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, 2007) rehearses the dark imperial history of how Americans first arrived in the islands, how they rose in power and how they deposed the queen and took everything. Read full book review >

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FALLING STARS by Michael Flynn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2001

"What's lacking is originality."
Final installment of Flynn's near-future space-exploration trilogy (Rogue Star, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE FOREST OF TIME by Michael Flynn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Wonderfully diverse themes, but Flynn belabors matters long after his point is made; his plodding prose style doesn't help, neither do the afterwords wherein he explains how smart he's been."
Ten tales, including the author's afterwords, from Flynn (Firestar, 1996), seven of which first appeared in Analog magazine- -though the publisher doesn't tell us when or upon what basis they were selected. Read full book review >

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Lily Anne of San Francisco by J.Y. Flynn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2016

"A highly readable historical tale with a memorable heroine in the mold of Gone with the Wind's Scarlett O'Hara."
In Flynn's debutnovel, a young girl reluctantly moves from the Midwest to San Francisco in 1904, only to fall in love with the vibrant young city and the possibilities it offers for amusement and success. Read full book review >

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THIRD RAIL by Rory Flynn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 2014

"If you think this story sounds familiar, you're right. Flynn's glum debut is so intent on sketching in his depressive hero that it never gives him much of a mystery to solve or explains why two different women—hard-living Thalia and baker Candace Hammond—would be so interested in him."
A second-generation cop banished from Boston to his little hometown seeks a comeback by tangling with a world-class designer drug. Read full book review >

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SEPARATION OF POWER by Vince Flynn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Stick figures, lumbering pace, wooden dialogue: Flynn remains a source of pulp fiction at its dreariest."
Top-gun Mitch Rapp (The Third Option, 2000, etc.), "America's Assassin," rides again—roughshod over Saddam Hussein—and earns anew the thanks of a grateful nation. Read full book review >

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THE JANUARY DANCER by Michael Flynn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Flynn ably tracks the intersecting orbits of his assassins, pirates and would-be kings, constructing a plot with the human density of a Brazilian favela, but his scattershot epic lacks the enveloping seamlessness of Peter F. Hamilton's superlative work."
Labyrinthine space opera from venturesome science-fiction author Flynn (Eifelheim, 2006, etc.) tracks an artifact of unknown origin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 10, 1990

Metaphors and metaphysics meet in this magnum opus by M.I.T. scholar-artist Siler. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHOT by Jenny Siler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 3, 2002

"Aside from a credibility-challenging hostage scene at the end, Siler hits her marks with quick, fast takes packed with telling clues and sharp details."
Siler (Iced, 2001, etc.) introduces another tough but tender protagonist, this one determined to uncover the truth behind her spouse's death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 2005

"Swift, photographic prose defines the dimensions of hell—and of humanity. (8-page photo insert)"
Two New York Times reporters take us inside the World Trade Center on 9/11 to give us a more capacious view of heroism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Tough-minded and thus more inspirational than the usual worshipful chronicle of brave soldiers in battle."
Lively account of an inept National Guard battalion that pulled itself together, went to Iraq and performed heroically. Read full book review >