Search Results: "Lish McBride"


BOOK REVIEW

HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER by Lish McBride
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"Despite uneven pacing and abandoned plot threads, this quirky urban fantasy will compel fans of horror and supernatural romance—and heroic skateboarding slackers. (Urban fantasy. YA)"
After a lighthearted opening packed with Buffy-esque wackiness, Samhain Corvus Lacroix is dragged from his dead-end food-service job into a terrifying magical power struggle. Read full book review >

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FIREBUG by Lish McBride
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Deeply enmeshed with a magical world and its impossible choices before readers ever meet her, Ava and her wholly believable despair are a refreshing change from the endless parade of naïve heroines found elsewhere. (Fantasy. 14-16)"
An indentured magical assassin just wants a little peace with her chosen family. Read full book review >

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NECROMANCING THE STONE by Lish McBride
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"With most loose plot threads neatly tied off, there is still room for further adventures with Sam and his merry band. After all, they've got rhythm, they've got music, they've got the legions of the undead—who could ask for anything more? (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
A slacker wrangles zombies, werewolves, gnomes and gods in this amiable second entry in a humor-horror mashup series (Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, 2010). Read full book review >

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PYROMANTIC by Lish McBride
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 21, 2017

"Gruesome, snarky high jinks, with just the right amount of feels. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
Giant snails, terrified kelpies, and supernatural knitting: this is life for the teenagers running supernatural law enforcement in small-town Maine. Read full book review >

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NEW IN MARCH 2017
by Leila Roy

There are HEAPS of books coming out this month, and I want to read a LOT of them.

Let’s take a look!

A Boy Called Bat, by Elana K. Arnold

I’ve already written about this treasure at length, but my love is such that I can’t let a single opportunity to recommend it pass me by. Buy it, read it ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MY ROMANCE by Gordon Lish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 1991

"Either way, it's an exploitative and cynical little exercise."
Knopf editor Lish's fifth book combines the repetitive minimalism of Samuel Beckett with the obsessive confessionalism of Harold Brodkey—it's a slim novel that deliberately obscures its relation to the author's biography. Read full book review >

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CESS by Gordon Lish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"As much a game as a book, Lish's latest doesn't quite track for the plot-driven. Language lovers will enjoy it, though, and it's a sight more challenging than your average morning sudoku."
Noted editor and somewhat less noted writer Lish (Krupp's Lulu: Stories, 2000, etc.) serves up a post-Joycean slice of mannered modernism to mark the twilight of his years ("I'm gaining on 90…").Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EXTRAVAGANZA by Gordon Lish
Released: March 27, 1989

Considering the lack of serious thought that's gone into Lish's latest bit of fictional legerdemain, it should come as no surprise that this slight book follows so soon after Mourners at the Door (1988), a collection of prose bits that exploits the same subjects: sex, bowel movements, and anti-Semitism. Read full book review >

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KRUPP’S LULU by Gordon Lish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2000

"Lish, with his ups and downs, is still our Joyce, our Beckett, our most true modernist. Buy! Read! Listen up!"
After such great Lish novels as Epigraph (1996) and Arcade, or How to Write a Novel (1998), a volume of mere stories can seem slight stuff; but moments here, even so, place Lish among the top few still writing what once was called `serious` literature. Read full book review >

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ZIMZUM by Gordon Lish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"And so: short, self-referential, often scatological tropes of the experimental ilk, with a laugh or two along the way."
More Lish: short, self-referential, scatological tropes of the ``experimental'' stripe, with a laugh or two along the way. Read full book review >

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EPIGRAPH by Gordon Lish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1996

"Delvings into Gordon's unhappy childhood may muddy the book more than deepen it, and repetitious wordplay can irritate more than elevate, but these are small flaws in a novel that dares- -and, partly through comedy, finds a way—to carry grief to its highest, purest pitch."
More tricks out of the Lishian (Zimzum, 1993, etc.) hat, although the performance this (the eighth) time around may be the author's best, funniest—and darkest. Read full book review >