Search Results: "Kim Masters"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 19, 1996

"A dead-on, damning indictment of Hollywood cupidity, stupidity, and excess. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to Vanity Fair)"
From Final Cut to The Devil's Candy, there are any number of well-told tales of epic motion picture disasters, but they all pale in comparison to this detailed, devastating account of the grandest debacle of them all. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A meticulously detailed feat of rare footage inside the DPRK's propaganda machinery."
Exhaustively researched, highly engrossing chronicle of the outrageous abduction of a pair of well-known South Korean filmmakers by the nefarious network of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il. Read full book review >

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FALLEN MASTERS by John Edward
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 19, 2012

"Edward makes Dan Brown look like Shakespeare. And that's a powerful bit of conjuring indeed."
There's no psychic powerful enough to ferret out where celebrity medium Edward mislaid his writing talent, but it certainly isn't in this flaccid suspense novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 14, 2013

"One of the best paranormal fantasy releases of this year—a self-publishing benchmark."
This extraordinary work of paranormal fantasy—a debut, no less—revolves largely around the morally bankrupt owner of a museum of oddities who attempts to reinvigorate his flagging business by capturing the Hodag, a legendary creature believed to inhabit the woodlands of northern Wisconsin. Read full book review >

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Masters' Mysterium by R. R. Reynolds
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Like Charlaine Harris' Midnight, Texas saga this is cutting-edge genre fiction that will appeal to genre fans as well as mainstream fiction readers. It's a storytelling tour de force no matter the categorization."
This rousing sequel to Reynolds' debut novel (Masters' Mysterium: Wisconsin Dells, 2013) continues a paranormal fantasy saga chronicling the epic battle between angels and demons and the humans entangled in their war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 29, 1993

"Rich character studies, plus lucid explanations of psychological concepts."
More well-told, insightful narratives from the files of psychotherapist Weinberg (Nearer to the Heart's Desire, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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PULP MASTERS by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"The two exceptions are James M. Cain, whose tricky valentine 'The Embezzler' is vintage Cain, and Mickey Spillane, who, despite the absence of Mike Hammer from 'Everybody's Watching Me,' sounds, for better or worse, exactly like Spillane."
The biggest revelation of these five pulp novelettes, 1938-77, and Harry Whittington's 1953 short novel So Dead My Love is how much more their common voices and formulas, often displayed in apprentice work, make then sound like each other than like the eventually famous authors—John D. MacDonald (a fraternity killer), Lawrence Block (a stag-party killer), Donald E. Westlake (a sad, crimeless anti-romance)—you thought you knew. Read full book review >

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LITTLE MASTERS by Damien Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Rich with shading and detail, but too loosely organized for its own good: a crowded canvas that badly wants some focal point."
A meandering account of life among disaffected expatriates that ultimately overstays its visa: a second novel from New Zealander Wilkins (The Miserables, 1993) All the usual confusions that plague young people are prominent among Wilkins's brood, none of whom seems much more adult than the children who have somehow fallen into their care. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 2000

"For fans of espionage, here's a detailed footnote to the oft-told story of a senior turncoat and his Cambridge colleagues. To Western sensibilities, however, the presentation of this notorious mole as a man of integrity is a tough sell, indeed. (16 pages photos)"
This text on a fabled espionage case proves to be, like spying itself, occasionally hair- raising and frequently boring, with scant material about three decades of one man's treachery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2011

"An exhaustive, somewhat circuitous literary treatment that favors history over histrionics."
The lively, sprawling chronology of the concert-ticket sales business. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKY MASTERS by Dale Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1991

"Genuinely exciting fight scenes are swamped by oceans of technical detail of interest primarily to the pencil-protector crowd."
War erupts almost immediately when America pulls out of the Philippines and China slips in to fill the power vacuum. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESS KIM AND TOO MUCH TRUTH by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Clearly character education, subtlety is sacrificed to purpose, but it sparkles nevertheless. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Honesty may be the best policy, but Kim's zeal takes this valuable idiom to the extreme. Read full book review >