Search Results: "Kirsty Melville"


BOOK REVIEW

SPLASH! by Kirsty Melville
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"The background of sea, snow, and shadows offers the perfect theater for these Charlie Chaplins of the Antarctic, all dressed up for a premiere on ice. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A collection of full-color photographs of Antarctic Adelie penguins masquerades as a counting book, covering numbers one through ten. Read full book review >

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UNFED by Kirsty McKay
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A gleefully revolting romp, it ends on a cliffhanger; here's hoping it'll be resolved soon. (Horror. 14 & up)"
The undead are shambling all over Scotland in this bitingly funny sequel to Undead (2012). Read full book review >

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THIS PLACE YOU RETURN TO IS HOME by Kirsty Gunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"A small gem."
A haunting debut collection of 11 stories by New Zealand novelist Gunn (Rain, 1995), most of them portraying unhappy families on the run. —It was a part of the country you forgot about until you were back in the middle of it.— From that opening line, Gunn makes her territory clear: the backwoods of New Zealand is the destination of most of her characters as they attempt to escape into the past. Read full book review >

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UNDEAD by Kirsty McKay
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Blood spurts; entrails drag; body parts shed; hearts (living ones) throb—it's all good, gory, formulaic fun. (Horror. 14-18)"
There's no better place to begin the zombie apocalypse: a Scottish roadside convenience stop called the Cheery Chomper. Read full book review >

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RAIN by Kirsty Gunn
Released: April 1, 1995

"Like a sun-shower, this is fleeting and leaves no mark. (First serial to Grand Street; author tour)"
A short debut novel with plenty of sparkle and flash but little substance. Read full book review >

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THE FOUR SEASONS OF LUCY MCKENZIE by Kirsty Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"A powerful story of life's continuity; magical realism at its best. (Magical realism. 10-14) "
An evocative story of family ties. Read full book review >

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VULTURE’S WAKE by Kirsty Murray
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"With a strong start, this story will probably carry readers through to the end, even though the last half falters in pace and credibility. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
Across a barren post-apocalyptic landscape, Callum is running for his life. Read full book review >

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THE ASSASSIN GAME by Kirsty McKay
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Smart, edge-of-the-seat thrills. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl joins a traditional secret murder game in her snooty boarding school only to find that the game might be more real than anyone had intended. Read full book review >

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WITCHING MURDER by Jennie Melville
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 27, 1991

"Melville's best since Windsor Red (1988)."
Chief Superintendent Charmian Daniels is on leave, spending time in her small house in Windsor, musing about the activities of neighbor Winifred Eagle, who owns a nasty cat at odds with Charmian's Muff and who frequently hosts what appears to be a coven of ``white'' witches centered around Caprice Dash, owner of a health-food store in town. Read full book review >

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WHOEVER HAS THE HEART by Jennie Melville
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1994

"Several psychics wander in and out of a plot spun in cryptic prose that tends to flatten suspense, A mildly engrossing midlevel entry in this series of offbeat procedurals."
British policewoman Charmian Daniels has reached a high rank in her Windsor-based unit (Windsor Red, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >

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FEATHERSTONE by Kirsty Gunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"A mangled plot and leaden prose sink a tale that begins well in a quasi-Gothic mode but then becomes pretentious and unintelligible."
An amorphous and depressing account of a young woman's disappearance and the anguish suffered by her friends and relatives, told in an oblique style that generates much heat but little light. Read full book review >

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THE GRACEKEEPERS by Kirsty Logan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Logan delivers a haunting, spare, and evocative debut."
A beautifully strange debut novel that draws upon folklore of the Scottish west and the isles. Read full book review >