Search Results: "Julian Crouch"


BOOK REVIEW

MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Bonus content aplenty, but first-time readers will be better off with either the print or the unadorned e-book version. (afterword, with links and more imbedded video) (Enhanced e-book/science fiction. 12-15)"
Digital distractions—many of them tangential, at best, to the story—have been positively shoveled into this "multi-touch edition" of Britain's 2013 Carnegie Medal winner. Read full book review >

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MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Despite intentions, this tale never connects past to present, resulting in a book with a message but no resonance. (Speculative fiction. 13 & up)"
Standish Treadwell, 15, has lost parents, neighbors, best friend: All disappeared from Zone Seven, a post-war occupied territory, into the hellish clutches of the Motherland. Now a new horror approaches. Read full book review >

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SLOPPY WANTS A HUG by Sean Julian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Short, simple, sweet—and more than likely to spur some similarly slobbery affection between parent and child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dewdrop the fairy is willing to give every forest creature a hug—except for Sloppy the tree dragon. What has Sloppy done? Read full book review >

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NEW BOY by Julian Houston
FICTION
Released: Nov. 28, 2005

"Rob is a character to care for as he finds his way in school, meets a girl and participates in history-making events. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old Rob Garrett is the first black student in the 87-year history of Draper, a Connecticut boarding school. Read full book review >

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LOVE IN AMERICA by Julian Green
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Self-portrait of the artist as a young man, rendered with an excoriating candor that makes Green such a master and exemplar of the confessional voice."
American expatriate Green records searing conflicts between heart and spirit as he finally comes to recognize his sexual identity in this third volume of autobiography (The Green Paradise, 1992; The War at Sixteen, 1993). Read full book review >

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NOTHING TO BE FRIGHTENED OF by Julian Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2008

"Gentle and lucid—a welcome change from the polemical tone of so many books on the matter (or antimatter, if you like) of the big guy upstairs."
Life's a bichon, and then you die. Read full book review >

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THE STARS OF THE SOUTH by Julian Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"A troubling, oddly outdated work."
The second installment in one of the most deeply curious works of modern fiction: a romantic celebration of the South in the period leading up to the Civil War, by an acclaimed American writer who has spent most of his life living abroad. Read full book review >

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THE PORCUPINE by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"Little about much."
Barnes's famously light touch is applied to a bar of lead here: the nauseated, exhausted atmosphere of a newly de-Socialized Balkan state. Read full book review >

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NIRA/SUSSA by Julian Darius
Released: June 1, 2012

"An artistic rendering of male/female relations, questioning the ever-present power dynamics in life and love."
As much a love story as a brutal tale of BDSM, Darius' first novel explores the limits of sexual appetite and its ties to wealth and power. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A compelling example of the examined life worth living, however painful the cost."
The second volume of Green's autobiography (The Green Paradise, 1992), continuing his exacting and scrupulously frank ``inner exploration''—as he recalls his often lonely adolescence in a time of war. Read full book review >

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PULSE by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"Another impressive addition to an already impressive oeuvre."
Elegance and versatility—those familiar Barnes strengths define this latest story collection from the distinguished British author. Read full book review >