Search Results: "Laurence Klavan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CUTTING ROOM by Laurence Klavan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"The hectic, overstuffed caper is larded with nuggets of irrelevant movie trivia readers may well find fascinating—or grating."
Librettist Klavan's first novel under his own name (previously: Margaret Tracy, <\I>Mrs. White, 1983) stars a trivia buff in a madcap search for the Holy Grail of missing movies. Read full book review >

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THE SHOOTING SCRIPT by Laurence Klavan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"Think It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World of Movie Trivia and you'll know right away whether you want to look further."
Another madcap adventure for the self-described "trivial man," a specialist in finding hopelessly lost films. Read full book review >

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LAURENCE OLIVIER by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 1992

"Sure to be read for the gossip, and worth skimming for curious bits of interview material, but—with its flat delivery and spotty documentation—an only so-so addition to the crowded Olivier reference room. (More than 75 halftones—not seen.)"
Despite having conducted dozens of interviews with those who knew Olivier, Spoto (author of biographies of Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, and others) offers little important new material—and few fresh insights—in this long, uninspired biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WASTELAND by Susan Kim
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 26, 2013

"While Esther grows as a character and the story comes to an actual conclusion, the narrative shortcuts spoil the impact; whether readers stick around for the next two books is an open question. (Post-apocalyptic romance. 14-17)"
This trilogy opener imagines a post-apocalyptic, adult-free world in which the life expectancy is 19, due to desertification and disease. Read full book review >

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MY FATHER LAURENCE OLIVIER by Tarquin Olivier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1994

"Choice all the way and filled with unpublished letters from Larry to Tarquin, Jill, and others that reveal a charming but guilt-ridden Olivier."
Tarquin Olivier's second book, first published in Great Britain, follows his The Eye of the Day (1964—not reviewed). Read full book review >

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CITY OF SPIES by Susan Kim
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2010

"A nice mix of espionage, romance and adventure, this well-paced, well-drawn tale will surely appeal to thoughtful young readers. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
With World War II at its height, fledgling cartoonist Evelyn is embroiled on the homefront in what appears to be a German conspiracy in this retro-tinged graphic novel. Read full book review >

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BRAIN CAMP by Susan Kim
HORROR AND GHOST STORIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Smart, disgusting fun. (Graphic suspense. 13 & up)"
Ever wonder what would happen if the men of Stepford conferred with evil aliens and decided to open a summer camp? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"An engrossing portrait of an emblematic Victorian."
A rollicking biography of a classic 19th-century figure, featuring imperial adventure, high diplomacy, literary fame, and an eccentric cult focused on bizarrely sublimated sexuality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A celebration for families of all sizes and configurations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Catherine And Laurence Anholt's Big Book Of Families (32 pp.; $16.99; Nov.; 0-7636-0323-6): Bursting with the boisterous business of family life, this volume from the Anholts is "big" on activity. Read full book review >

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IF WE SURVIVE by Andrew Klavan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Fast-paced with multiple threats, genuine tension and lots of machine guns. (Adventure. 12-17)"
"We came to Costa Verdes to build a wall. I just wish I could tell you that all of us made it home alive." Read full book review >

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HOSTAGE RUN by Andrew Klavan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Another empty-caloried thriller, thinly sauced with superficial psychology and earnest professions of generic faith. (Science fantasy. 11-13)"
The desperate MindWar enters a new phase when evil mastermind Kurodar breaks through the boundary between his digital Realm and Real Life in this cranked-up middle volume. Read full book review >

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WEREWOLF COP by Andrew Klavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Fans of contemporary monster tales will be taken with Klavan's thriller, and others who are willing to indulge the book's hairy trappings will appreciate its existential musings."
On the hunt for a nefarious European crime boss, Texas supercop Zach "Cowboy" Adams desperately searches for himself after being turned into a werewolf. Read full book review >