Search Results: "Julian Darius"


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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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NEGROPHOBIA by Darius James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"James's raucous debut is by far the best novel to emerge from New York's Lower East Side literary scene."
Every racial stereotype about black people comes to boisterous, blistering life in this outrageous first novel—a grand guignol comic book that draws from both racist kitsch and Afro- American high culture. Read full book review >

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THE GENTLEMAN BUG by Julian Hector
ANIMALS
Released: April 6, 2010

"The author relies a little too heavily on details in the pictures to fill out his sketchy text, but he artfully uses subdued colors, elegant lines and generous quantities of space to lend low-key grace to each scene. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Hector follows up Little Matador (2008) with another simply told take on the value of staying true to oneself. Read full book review >

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MOTHER AND ME by Julian Padowicz
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A nice record for the author's grandchildren, but not useful for anyone else."
Plodding recollections of a year in wartime Poland. Read full book review >

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EMPIRE UNDER GLASS by Julian Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Despite its breach in continuity, Anderson's first fiction nevertheless offers a likable assemblage of characters—and we do end up caring about Viola's fate."
A somewhat clichÇd approach to storytelling—a retirement home resident relates her life story—offers mixed results, thanks in part to a huge gap left in the narrative. Read full book review >

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METROLAND by Julian Barnes
Released: June 6, 1980

But much here, mostly in 16-year-old Chris' very specific, special world, is amusing, crisp, and evocative for readers tuned to the British/literary wavelength. Read full book review >

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PLAYING HAPPY FAMILIES by Julian Symons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"But this time, Symons, whose many chapters of suburban woe have often been marred by his scathing contempt for his characters, shows a welcome charity that makes this his strongest novel in years."
The doyen of British mystery (Something Like a Love Affair, 1992, etc.) celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first novel by tracing the numberless effects of chipper Jenny Midway's sudden disappearance on her cozy little family. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 9, 1989

"Deft and light-footed, but Barnes' increasing tendency to be a lo-cal Calvino seems a waste of his gilts."
The Mel Brooks-y title isn't a good augury here: it alerts you to just how shtick-like what's to come will be. Read full book review >

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THE AMATEUR HISTORIAN by Julian Cole
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 6, 2010

"The cliffhanger endings Rick's adventures supply are likely to distract readers along with the Yorkshire constabulary. Yet Cole's debut novel rings so many fresh changes on the echoes-of-the-past thriller that even more readers will welcome the series it introduces."
The motive for a Yorkshire girl's disappearance lies buried with another local girl a century dead. Read full book review >

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SAND BLIND by Julian Rathbone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Despite the sometimes herky-jerky nature of the plot, the political minuets are danced superbly—they're what you read the book for, and they make you think."
The newest political thriller from a seasoned writer of the genre is almost there: intelligent, challenging, complex—but never quite believable. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING LIKE A LOVE AFFAIR by Julian Symons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Minor work from a master, then—although worth reading for its sweet-and-sour mixture of revulsion and sympathy for its hapless heroine and her world."
A smart, neglected Sussex housewife drifts into an affair that leads to murder: a characteristically malicious trifle from the dean of British suspense writers. Read full book review >

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PAST IMPERFECT by Julian Fellowes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Lopsided, rambling and fitfully witty."
Dying tycoon entreats sworn enemy to find his heir in a sophisticated meditation on the British upper crust by Fellowes (Snobs, 2005). Read full book review >