Search Results: "Mark David Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

CARAVAGGIO by Mark David Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 15, 2016

"Combining the timeless allure of action and young-love romance with the historically accurate and turbulent life of the painter Caravaggio, this story succeeds on all levels. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Late Renaissance Italy comes to life in this upper-middle-grade novel featuring the painter Caravaggio and a young friend. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO WINTER by Mark Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"A breakout new series full of romance, danger, and a surprisingly engaging world. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 14-adult)"
A deadly virus has devastated the population of Australia, leaving pockets of humanity to survive as best as they can. Read full book review >

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Where There's Dark... by David Smith
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 2016

"A brief, but detailed and complex reevaluation of the fundamentals of physics."
An engineer proposes a different understanding of the formation of the universe. Read full book review >

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CRUEL MERCY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"To call Mark's novels (Taking Pity, 2015, etc.) police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting. Beautifully crafted, filled with flashbacks, horror, angst, and chilling detail, this one is his most complex and best yet."
A British policeman blunders into gang warfare and worse in New York City. Read full book review >

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NAKED AT LUNCH by Mark Haskell Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A thoughtful and entertaining analysis of why so many still want to ditch their clothes and let it all hang out."
An open-minded writer drops his skivvies at various locations around the world in an amusing and earnest attempt to understand the appeal of nudism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"A treat for policy wonks and students of economics—and worth reading for anyone who plays the market."
If you have a rage for chaos, you'll love the stock market—beg pardon, the equity culture—of the future. Read full book review >

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DELICIOUS by Mark Haskell Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Rated NC-17 for intermittent comic violence, good-natured swearing, cannibalism, humorous amorality and some truly perverse sex."
Carl Hiaasen, meet Hannibal Lecter. Read full book review >

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RAW by Mark Haskell Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Satire doesn't get any broader or easier, but that doesn't mean that the book's not at least fitfully fun."
LA writer Smith is back with another frothy satire (Moist, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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MY SCHOOL’S A ZOO! by Stu Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Uh-oh. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A lad's world is transformed the morning after a zoo visit: his parents "snort and drool" at the breakfast table, the substitute teacher is literally a bear, the computers in the lab are swarming with giant "bugs" of the creepy-crawly kind, and so on. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Smith writes clearly for the lay reader, so a background in the sciences is not required—though a strong stomach is."
The roots of war lie in the evolutionary history of our species, according to arguments forcefully presented here by the director of the University of New England's Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"His amateur pop-psychological analyses of the killers' family lives aside, Smith, a solid writer and an excellent reporter (he writes for Esquire), makes this horrendous story almost readable. (Photos, not seen)"
This intricate re-creation of the February 1993 murder of three-year-old James Bulger by two 10-year-old boys in Bottle, England, is ugly, painful reading. Read full book review >

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IN THE CUBE by David Alexander Smith
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Hard-working, inventive, and colorful, but also uncontrolled- -with far too many different aliens, improbable sleuthing, and a general air of futuristic soap opera."
Science-fiction detective yarn set in a medium-future Boston literally crawling with weird aliens: Smith's hardcover debut. Read full book review >