Search Results: "L. Neil Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

FORGE OF THE ELDERS by L. Neil Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2000

"Smith's ideas are amusing if unsubtle—with spaceships called McCain, Hatch, Dole, etc., he wears his ideology on his sleeve—though fans should find diversion here."
In an alternate world where Marxism triumphed, astronauts from the American Soviet Socialist Republic and their Russian colleagues explore space and encounter dinosaurs, giant capitalist cockroaches, robots, nautiloids, talking dogs, etc. Seems that the brilliant but mysteriously dim-witted Elders blazed a trail in probing probability worlds and multiple realities. Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN ZONE by L. Neil Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"For fans only."
Lamely comic sequel to Probability Broach (not reviewed) has hard-drinking, big-eating, pistol-packing, Colorado good-ol'-boy p.i. Read full book review >

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BRETTA MARTYN by L. Neil Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Noteworthy for its increasingly batty attempts to transplant old-time windjammer swashbuckling into space, and a political subtext that drones in the background like a half-heard but annoying chuckle."
More space-pirate folderol, following Henry Martyn (1989). Read full book review >

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PALLAS by L. Neil Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"This is just the beginning of a plot that takes in family entanglements, revolutions, alien objects, immortality treatments, etc. Reasonably diverting, if you can tolerate Smith's unsubtle ideological slant, and fluffed up with references to Star Wars, Star Trek, and other cultural icons."
Something like a playful, knowing, Heinlein-ish Little House in the asteroid belt. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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BOOK REVIEW

BLOOD ON SNOW by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A Nordic noir updating of James M. Cain's Love's Lovely Counterfeit (1942) with an equally sweet-natured killer at its improbably soft center."
Versatile Nesbø (The Son, 2014, etc.) switches gears yet again in this chilly whisper of a novella: a hit man's account of a job gone fatally wrong.Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SON by Alexander Söderberg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 25, 2015

"A thriller with plenty of vectors but a better sense of direction than its predecessor."
A clearer picture of a fuzzy moral universe emerges in the middle of this thriller trilogy shot through with bad cops, good gangsters, and Scandinavian chill. Read full book review >

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BANG CRUNCH by Neil Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Smith's frequent focus on the bizarre clouds his vision."
Debut collection of nine limp stories, some realistic, others whimsical. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOME AND DRY by Sarah L. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"An offbeat entertainment worthy of return visits. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A mildly eccentric story about what happens when the rain stops. Read full book review >

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HOT, SOUR, SALTY, SWEET by Sherri L. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"You are what you eat' may be true; 'You are what you cook' makes a far more interesting story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Ana Shen looks forward to an evening with her crush, Jamie Tabata. Read full book review >

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Sally Field Can Play The Transsexual  by Leslie L. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2014

"A sincere journey of transformation that successfully balances politics and storytelling with heartwarming results."
In Smith's novel, a young man finds that it's time to grow up and change his reckless behavior after he loses his dear friend to AIDS. Read full book review >

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Making Rain and Other Things Is Our Business! by A. L. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2013

"A collection of lighthearted, chuckle-worthy tales with an inventive hook."
A pair of British Cloud Machine operators takes a variety of humorous weather-creating jobs in this picaresque debut story collection. Read full book review >