Search Results: "Mary Doria Russell"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SPARROW by Mary Doria Russell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Shades of Wells, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Arthur C. Clarke, with just a dash of Edgar Rice Burroughs—and yet strikingly original, even so. (Book- of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
Brilliant first novel about the discovery of extraterrestrial life and the voyage of a party of Jesuit missionaries to Alpha Centauri. Read full book review >

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A THREAD OF GRACE by Mary Doria Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Beautiful, noble, fascinating, and almost unbearably sad."
Stateless Jews find refuge in the valleys of northwest Italy, thanks to the humanity of supposedly thick-witted peasants: a rich, rewarding, and well-researched tale of WWII. Read full book review >

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DREAMERS OF THE DAY by Mary Doria Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2008

"An inspired fictional study of political folly."
A remarkably vivid account of a woman's accidental witness to history as she encounters Churchill and T.E. Lawrence in Cairo, where in 1921 they redrew the map of the Middle East. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF GOD by Mary Doria Russell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 1998

"A brutal and deliberate tale, its characters rather too forgiving to be wholly human, that will challenge and sometimes shred the reader's preconceptions. (First printing of 50,000; Book- of-the-Month selection; author tour)"
Sequel to The Sparrow (1996), Russell's account of a 21st- century Jesuit-led expedition to planet Rakhat with its two intelligent, kangaroo-like alien races, the carnivorous Jana'ata and their prey, the enslaved Runa. Read full book review >

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EPITAPH by Mary Doria Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Despite all that has been written and filmed about Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, Russell's pointedly anti-epic anti-romance is so epic and romantic that it whets the reader's appetite for more."
Russell follows up her fictional portrait of Doc Holliday (Doc, 2011) with this fictional deconstruction of the shootout at the O.K. Corral.Read full book review >

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DOC by Mary Doria Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2011

"Filled with action and humor yet philosophically rich and deeply moving—a magnificent read."
Doc Holliday is the tragic hero in this terrific bio-epic set in a revisionist version of the Old West—more realistic yet more riveting than any movie or TV western. Read full book review >

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MARY MILLER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Despite its title, there’s not a lot of happiness going around in Mary Miller’s new collection, Always Happy Hour. “There is nothing more disgusting, really, than people enjoying themselves so thoroughly when you’re miserable,” writes Miller in the book’s opening story, a rather grim yet appropriate introduction to the morbid hilarity that’s to come in the following pages. More ...


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WHAT'S YOUR SIGN?
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Zodiac (Book 1) by Romina Russell

Cover Story: Cosmos-esque
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale:
 3
Talky Talk: Exposition Overload
Bonus Factor:
 Zodiac
Bonus/Anti-Bonus Factor: Houses
Relationship Status: First Date Fizzle

 

Cover Story: Cosmos-esque

This reminds me of the artwork for many a scientific docu-series: neat to look at, but ...


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CABINS IN THE WOODS
by Leila Roy

There were twenty-five letters in all. They went to girls who lived in apartment buildings in cities and farmhouses in the country and condos in the suburbs. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains, on a merit scholarship. Each letter came with a registration ...
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The Tale of Old Man Fischer by Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"A capably written, genre-bending story filled with creepy-crawlies and refreshingly curious humans."
Neighborhood lore becomes a frightening reality for a young boy who dares to trespass on the property of Old Man Fischer in this debut mystery. Read full book review >

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THIS ISN'T YOUR TYPICAL KISSING BOOK
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

Cover Story: The Ring

BFF Charm: Heck Yes

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Postapocalyptic Medieval

Bonus Factors: Surprise Twists, Prophecies

Anti-Bonus Factor: Series Starter

Relationship Status: Researching Reception Venues

 

Cover Story: The Ring

Although this cover is likely supposed to elicit feelings of epic ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Fans of Brit humor will enjoy, but gird your suspension of disbelief; it's going to get a workout. (Animal fantasy. 9-12)"
Dotty Ida White's equally daffy rare-breed sheep return for more fleecy (mis)adventures. Read full book review >