Search Results: "Kathleen W. Kranking"


BOOK REVIEW

THE OCEAN IS... by Kathleen W. Kranking
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Many other titles, including Wu's own Fish Faces (1993) capture the undersea world's dazzling swirl of forms and colors—and for the broad view, Seymour Simon's Ocean (1990) is still hard to beat. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
The ocean is certainly more than this abbreviated glance at its flora and fauna implies. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"A little bit of Paleolithic speculation wrapped around a spiritual coming-of-age. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Twig is afraid of her emerging talents as a Dreamer, but if she wants to protect her people, she must learn to control her power. Read full book review >

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PEOPLE OF THE MASKS by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 1998

"The Gears have a fine time drawing the various interclan rivalries and clashes of cultures. (Satellite tour)"
Tenth historical epic in the First North Americans Series (People of the Mist, 1998, etc.) by archaeologists Gear and Gear, this time focusing on pre-Colombian peoples living in what's now New York and Ontario. Read full book review >

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PEOPLE OF THE MIST by Kathleen O’Neal Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Without the period feel of Sue Harrison's inter-village rows in Song of the River (p. 1406), but the mystery—out of its 14th- century context—is entertaining. (Author tour)"
Ninth in the First North Americans series from the savvy Gears, who specialize in tales about prehistoric cultures (People of the Silence, 1997, etc.) that are correct in every spear and stewpot, sometimes hilariously anachronistic in diction, but generally sturdy of plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"More historical fantasy than historical fiction."
It's the first millennium, and Viking ships sail to Helluland, Markland, Vinland, and Albania-Land in a never-ending quest of "landnám, the process of land taking...as the gods intended." Read full book review >

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PEOPLE OF THE SILENCE by Kathleen O’Neal Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 1997

"More of the same, but with respectable anthropological underpinnings. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
Big trouble in Talon Town, the name given by the archaeologically correct Gears (People of the Lightning, 1995, etc.) to a political and cultural center of the 12th-century Anasazi people in what is now New Mexico. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE OF THE MOON by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Ends with an epic battle that should leave readers hungry for more entries in the series."
The Gears revitalize their First North American series (People of the Raven, 2004, etc.) with a lively tale of warring clans. Read full book review >

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PEOPLE OF THE SEA by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"It's all without the character-centered pep of Mary Mackey's The Year the Horses Came (p. 959), but the scholarly base gives a sheen of credulity to the time and place and predicaments."
From the authors of People of the River (1992) and other novels (in paperback) set in America's prehistory: a rather rousing tale of deadly pursuits and spiritual journeys that is, in general, free of the dusty earnestness that so often clogs the movement of other fictional efforts by conscientious anthropologists like the Gears. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COMING OF THE STORM by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Some readers may appreciate the journey; others may prefer not to travel when the destination is so obvious."
The first of a new series by this pair of writer/archaeologists (People of Thunder, 2009, etc.) documents the atrocities committed by Hernando de Soto and his army during the conquest of Florida. Read full book review >

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RAISING ABEL by W. Michael Gear
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 25, 2002

"Shrewd details and effectively spun stereotypes. Though the revelation doesn't quite live up to the foreshadowing, clean, polished prose makes the many pages seem fewer than they are."
The bestselling veteran duo (Dark Inheritance, 2001, etc.) offers a timely thriller with enough science for verisimilitude and enough visceral charge for escapism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A well-crafted chapter in the Gears' ongoing series."
The conclusion of the four-novel People of the Longhouse saga, part of the Gears' long-running series of novels featuring ancient Native American peoples. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A so-so mystery, but readers will wish they could book one of those Anasazi cliffhouses for a night of between-worlds mysticism and wake up to one of Dusty's breakfasts."
Continuing their Anasazi series (The Visitant, 1999, etc.), the Gears bury New Mexico archaeologist Dale Emerson Robertson upside down in a Chaco Canyon kiva pit, slice off the soles of his feet, drill a hole in his head so his soul can be sucked out, and twine him up in a hoop of yucca. Read full book review >