Search Results: "L.L. Samson"


BOOK REVIEW

FACING THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME by L.L. Samson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Jam-packed and well-intentioned but ultimately dull and disappointing. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Readers who enjoy the arch tone and endless instructive asides of Lemony Snicket might appreciate this first entry in The Enchanted Attic series, but most will be uninterested in the cardboard characters and anticlimactic plot. Read full book review >

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SAVING MOBY DICK by L.L. Samson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Though plainly crafted to spark and model book discussions, the tale is generously infused with animating elements of mystery, romance and comedy—plus a particularly lively and diverse supporting cast of grown-ups. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Fresh from their experiences with Quasimodo in the series opener (Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame, 2012), three young people again use an elusive inventor's magic, painted circle to bring a literary character to life. Read full book review >

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THE SINNERS' LEAGUE by L.L. Enger
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 1994

"A testosterone cocktail in which the supporting actresses get victimized and idealized and wring their hands while right-minded Mike Hammers of the Great Lakes mete out the roughest justice imaginable."
Retired from baseball to live the simple life in upstate Minnesota with his journalist bride Carol Long, Gun Pedersen (debuting in hardcover following four paperback mysteries) returns a phone call from his screenwriter friend/not-quite-lover Diane Apple and lets loose a Pandora's box of demons. Read full book review >

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THE CIRCLE OF MYNNIA by L.L. Blackmur
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Blackmur's wicked sense of humor, droll way with a conversational skewer, and blithe disregard of every accepted mystery convention should delight clichÇ-weary readers and win new fans."
A charming concoction in which the sensible Joan Cook, after a boating mishap on Martha's Vineyard, falls for wealthy playboy Philip Dumas and moves to Paris with him, where they share digs with his dad, Chick, a gone-to-seed archaeologist; Chick's much younger wife, Charlotte; Philip's acerbic sister, Hayden; and world-class mooch Walter Hudson. Read full book review >

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PERFECT LIVES by Polly Samson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Samson's new stories are warm and engaging, but some falter on their own affected charm."
A cycle of intersecting stories describes the lives that make up an English seaside community—their joys, regrets, and various embarrassments. Read full book review >

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THE JIVE TALKER by Samson Kambalu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"A pleasure to read, and just the thing to give to a disaffected teenager of a creative bent."
London-based visual artist Kambalu turns in a lively, funny memoir of growing up alternately poor and privileged in Africa. Read full book review >

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RED DUST AND BONES by Sandy Samson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 17, 2010

"Shines brightest as a thriller but basks gloriously in its dusty, red-planet ambiance."
In Samson's sci-fi thriller (Demon's Redemption, 2009), a crew sent on a rescue mission to Mars battles what might be a flesh-eating alien life form, sabotage and a murderer aboard their ship. Read full book review >

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CATS PAW, INC. by L.L. Thrasher
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Still, diverting and capable of stretching to a series."
The latest entry in the Brown Bag Mystery series features first-time author Thrasher's smooth p.i. caper, which ranges from one end of Oregon to the other. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2008

"Could be useful in classroom discussions on bullying. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
When Boy's adoptive grandmother Galifalia dies, he goes to the Luck Dragon compound and begs admittance. Read full book review >